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CD Projekt RED Ceasing Witcher 2 Piracy Witch Hunt

CD Projekt announces it is now the official distributor for Codemasters in Poland. On a slightly related note, Rock, Paper, Shotgun has a statement from CD Projekt RED saying they are ceasing the recently revealed process of directly contacting file-sharers they suspect of pirating The Witcher 2, in spite of their confidence in the infallibility of such accusations. While continuing to decry piracy, this open letter from CD Projekt RED co-founder Marcin Iwinski says they have heard gamer's concerns, and that these direct contacts will cease immediately:

An Open Letter to the Gaming Community from CD Projekt RED

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.

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.

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. 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. 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.

Keep on playing,

Marcin Iwinski
co-founder
CD Projekt RED

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11. Re: CD Projekt RED Ceasing Witcher 2 Piracy Witch Hunt Jan 12, 2012, 13:39 Doombringer
 
Those "torrent IP address" witch hunts have too great a chance at either coming up empty, or false accusations. We don't really need another 50 stories about computer-less grandmothers in Uganda getting slammed for supposedly downloading a torrent. Trying to stop piracy after the fact is really too late in the process.

Use always-on DRM if you must. Sure, people will gripe about even that... but if you do not have high-speed always-on internet these days, you're probably not in possession of a modern gaming PC anyhow. These things tend to go hand in hand.

People will always moan and groan about any method you choose... but they'll also get over it when they realize they're connected to the net 99% of the time their PC is on, anyway.
 
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10. Re: CD Projekt RED Ceasing Witcher 2 Piracy Witch Hunt Jan 12, 2012, 13:21 nin
 
though I had grave misgivings about their "We're 100% accurate" claims.

I think that was a concern for a lot of people.

 
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9. Re: CD Projekt RED Ceasing Witcher 2 Piracy Witch Hunt Jan 12, 2012, 12:54 Creston
 
I didn't really care what they did to pirates, though I had grave misgivings about their "We're 100% accurate" claims.

That said, I'm glad they are willing to listen to their fanbase/customers.

Here's to many more years, and many more games, CD Projekt! Cheers

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8. Re: CD Projekt RED Ceasing Witcher 2 Piracy Witch Hunt Jan 12, 2012, 12:40 ASeven
 
Prez wrote on Jan 12, 2012, 11:33:
I wonder if this means current litigations will cease, or only that they won't start any more. Despite the fact that I believe an excellent dev of an excellent series like The Witcher deserves to be paid, I was strongly opposed to their actions with regards to pursuing pirates.

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7. Re: CD Projekt RED Ceasing Witcher 2 Piracy Witch Hunt Jan 12, 2012, 12:24 Wash Washburne
 
Krovven wrote on Jan 12, 2012, 12:21:
Kinda shocked at some peoples attitude. They didn't use DRM that effects legit customers. They go after individuals in a way that doesn't effect legit users and people still complain. Do they not have a right to defend their software and business at all without catching shit from the masses? They need to be very thorough when making their accusations, but the masses should bud the fuck out when it comes to CD Projekt defending their properly that doesn't effect legit customers.



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6. Re: CD Projekt RED Ceasing Witcher 2 Piracy Witch Hunt Jan 12, 2012, 12:22 Wash Washburne
 
"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" - Brilliant!

CD Project has my money and will get more of it as long as they will continue with the solid work, the fact that they are listening to their customers is big and mind blasting!
Not many dev teams do that: I'm looking at you Id, Bethesda and EA!!

Keep up the good work folks!!

 
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5. Re: CD Projekt RED Ceasing Witcher 2 Piracy Witch Hunt Jan 12, 2012, 12:21 Krovven
 
Kinda shocked at some peoples attitude. They didn't use DRM that effects legit customers. They go after individuals in a way that doesn't effect legit users and people still complain. Do they not have a right to defend their software and business at all without catching shit from the masses? They need to be very thorough when making their accusations, but the masses should bud the fuck out when it comes to CD Projekt defending their property* that doesn't effect legit customers.

Edit: * spelling

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4. Re: CD Projekt RED Ceasing Witcher 2 Piracy Witch Hunt Jan 12, 2012, 11:59 nin
 

Whole thing seems rather odd. At least it appears it's over now.

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.

Very simple and to the point. I hope it sticks with their customers.

 
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3. Re: CD Projekt RED Ceasing Witcher 2 Piracy Witch Hunt Jan 12, 2012, 11:46 Darks
 
Frijoles wrote on Jan 12, 2012, 11:37:
At least they're listening. Witcher 2 was one of the few games I actually played from start to finish. Can't wait for #3 or whatever they work on next.

This is why I buy their games, they are a good decent developer that deservers supporting. Good for you CD Projekt!! Glad to see that they came to their senses.
 
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2. Re: CD Projekt RED Ceasing Witcher 2 Piracy Witch Hunt Jan 12, 2012, 11:37 Frijoles
 
At least they're listening. Witcher 2 was one of the few games I actually played from start to finish. Can't wait for #3 or whatever they work on next.  
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1. Re: CD Projekt RED Ceasing Witcher 2 Piracy Witch Hunt Jan 12, 2012, 11:33 Prez
 
I wonder if this means current litigations will cease, or only that they won't start any more. Despite the fact that I believe an excellent dev of an excellent series like The Witcher deserves to be paid, I was strongly opposed to their actions with regards to pursuing pirates.  
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