Witcher 3 developer speaks out about piracy

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Marcin Iwiński, co-founder of CD Projekt RED, has expressed his company’s views on piracy and copy protection at infoShare 2016, Poland.

CD Projekt RED is the developer of the critically-acclaimed Witcher series, and is currently working on an upcoming role-playing game titled Cyberpunk 2077.

Iwiński stated that CD Projekt RED does not support copy protection, and subsequently has not applied any DRM to its released titles.

The developer believes that selling the game without copy protection engages consumers who are against both copy protection and piracy, while acknowledging that most titles are usually cracked soon after release anyway.

Speaking about the effect of piracy on The Witcher 3, Iwiński stated that piracy did not dramatically effect the game’s sales.

“The piracy factor was irrelevant. We cannot force people to buy things, we can only convince them to do it. We totally believe in the carrot, not the stick.”

The developer stated that piracy can be caused by a number of factors, such as high game pricing in lower-income countries.

“We are not supporting copy protection, but we are not condoning piracy.”

You can view the full interview with Marcin Iwiński here.


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