The Witcher writer claims 14 million euros in royalties from CD Projekt Red

Oct

2

2018

Andrzej Sapkowski, the Polish author of the books on The Witcher, on which the eponymous games are based, demands 14 million euros in royalties from CD Projekt Red. According to the writer, he only granted permission for making one game.

Lawyers from Sapkowski have sent a letter to the Polish developer CD Projekt Red containing the requirement. They claim that Sapkowski has only sold the rights to make the first game and that the two other games are illegal. The lawyers also say that CD Projekt Red has paid too little according to specific Polish laws on royalties.

CD Projekt Red obtained the rights to The Witcher from Sapkowski for a fixed amount. In an interview with Eurogamer , the author said that the studio offered him a percentage of the proceeds, but he did not believe that this would yield a lot of money and opted for a one-off payment. Later he regretted it.

The amount that Sapkowski demands is 60 million zloty, converted 14 million euro. That amount is based on the income of The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt. According to the letter, the writer is entitled to six percent of the money that that game has raised. In the letter, the lawyers also say they want to settle the matter without making it public.

Developer CD Projekt Red has put the complete letter online and has also given a reaction. The studio states that the claims of the writer are unfounded and says that all agreements made have been met. However, the studio says it wants to maintain a good relationship with the writer. According to CD Projekt Red, the Executive Board will make every effort to come to a solution that takes account of the existing contracts.

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