Post by Steve Farrelly @ 01:47pm 13/01/12 | 7 Comments
CD Projekt RED have been pretty vocal when it comes to piracy, and even went a step further recently, utilising lawyers to contact individuals they alleged had acquired a copy of The Witcher 2 illegally, and asking for monetary restitution.
The idea, they argued, was to continue to avoid using DRM in favour of a better play experience, but that as developers, they still needed to maintain some sense of income while also combating piracy in some form - a topic they've been very passionate about since forming as a premier game developer. Targeting individuals who'd broken the law then, seemed like a good idea.
The community, however, did not see it this way and voiced concerns over the potential for false accusations given the large number of ways an individual could acquire a copy of the game without paying.
Putting community ahead of even their own concerns, CD Projekt RED's Marcin Iwinski has issued an open letter to gamers and CDPR fans alike, assuring they put the fans first.
In early December, an article was published about a law firm acting on behalf of CD Projekt RED, contacting individuals who had downloaded The Witcher 2 illegally and seeking financial compensation for copyright infringement. The news about our decision to combat piracy directly, instead of with DRM, spread quickly and with it came a number of concerns from the community. Repeatedly, gamers just like you have said that our methods might wrongly accuse people who have never violated our copyright and expressed serious concern about our actions.We decided to run the whole letter in its entirety for you to read, instead of shortening it, because it's pretty cool that a developer would put community and fans ahead of their own stance for something as red hot a topic as piracy.