CD Projekt RED stops chasing pirates, issues letter to community
Developers cease taking legal action against pirates, but urge the community to take a stand
Posted by Alex 'SpectralShock' V on Jan 12, 2012 - 5:21pm EST (Jan 12, 2012 17:21)
Following a story break, which saw CD Projekt RED taking legal action against pirates of their game The Witcher 2, the community has shown their concern about the situtation. Now, the developers have come forward with an open letter to fans and a promise to stop their legal action again potential pirates.
In a simply titled "Open Letter to the Gaming Community from CD Projekt RED", it was explained "gamers have said that [CD Projekt's] methods might wrongly accuse people who have never violated copyright, and expressed serious concern about [CD Projekt's] actions".
The letter continued, "Being part of a community is a give-and-take process. 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. Our fans always have been and remain our greatest concern, and we pride ourselves on the fact that you all know that we listen to you and take your opinions to heart. While we are confident that no one who legally owns one of our games has been required to compensate us for copyright infringement, we value our fans, our supporters, and our community too highly to take the chance that we might ever falsely accuse even one individual."
"So we've decided that we will immediately cease identifying and contacting pirates," said Marcin Iwinski, Co-Founder of the company. "Let's make this clear: we don't support piracy. 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. But you need to help us and do your part: don't be indifferent to piracy. If you see a friend playing an illegal copy of a game--any game--tell your friend that they're undermining the possible success of the developer who created the very game that they are enjoying. Unless you support the developers who make the games you play, unless you pay for those games, we won't be able to produce new excellent titles for you."
The Witcher 2 was originally released in May 2011, and was praised by the PC community for non-intrusive DRM, which was also patched out from the game within weeks.