Following an overwhelming negative backlash, CDProjekt has announced that it will no longer be sending letters threatening legal action to people believed to have pirated The Witcher 2.
The publisher was using basic IP tracking techniques to identify individuals who torrented the game, and then in some cases, sent letters threatening to press charges unless the perpetrator settled with the developer.
“Being part of a community is a give-and-take process,” said studio co-founder Marcin Iwinski in an open letter to fans.
“We only succeed because you have faith in us, and we have worked hard over the years to build up that trust. We were sorry to see that many gamers felt that our actions didn’t respect the faith that they have put into CD Projekt RED.”
“We don’t support piracy,” continued Iwinski. “It hurts us, the developers. It hurts the industry as a whole. Though we are staunch opponents of DRM because we don’t believe it has any effect on reducing piracy, we still do not condone copying games illegally. We’re doing our part to keep our relationship with you, our gaming audience, a positive one. We’ve heard your concerns, listened to your voices, and we’re responding to them.”