Sections

CD Projekt Red on why they billed pirates €1000

Thursday, 15th December 2011 17:23 GMT By Andrew Groen

Speaking to Eurogamer, CD Projekt responded to the controversy and tried to shed a little bit of light on why they took such rash actions against pirates.
“As you know, we aren’t huge fans of any sort of DRM here at CD Projekt RED. DRM itself is a pain for legal gamers – the same group of honest people who decided that our game was worth its price, and went and bought it. We don’t want to make their lives more difficult by introducing annoying copy protection systems.

“Moreover, we always try to offer high value with our product – for example, enhancing the game with additional collectors’ items such as soundtracks, making-of DVDs, books, walkthroughs, etc. We could introduce advanced copy protection systems which, unfortunately, punish legal customers as well. Instead, we decided to give gamers some additional content with each game release, to make their experience complete.

“However,” CD Projekt added, “that shouldn’t be confused with us giving a green light to piracy. We will never approve of it, since it doesn’t only affect us but has a negative impact on the whole game industry.

“We’ve seen some of the concern online about our efforts to thwart piracy, and we can assure you that we only take legal actions against users who we are 100 per cent sure have downloaded our game illegally.”

CD Projekt sent out a warning in November 2010 telling pirates that they would face consequences if it continued. That said, the final bill which was €911.80 seems more than a bit excessive. A bill for the cost of the game might have been more appropriate. The controversy deepened when some of those who were billed claimed never to have even heard of the game.

Eurogamer also noted that CD Projekt RED has taken these actions before, as they once used the same tactics against some who pirated the original Witcher title.

Breaking news

6 Comments

Sign in to post a comment.

  1. Charlie Sheen

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bEBbu-wkKrs

    #1 3 years ago
  2. KrazyKraut

    CD Projekt:
    KURWA, TI WIECZ JA KOCHAM CIE!!!!! <3 <3 <3

    The best Collectors Editions this year were Sonic Generations
    and….THE WITCHER 2.
    No DRM, awesome content thats worth its price and an extra fat patch with new content for free. And fukkers still pirate this game.

    #2 3 years ago
  3. PenTaFH

    €900 might be a bit excessive, but they did put in quite a bit of funds to find out exactly who pirated the game, and to find out if and how they could be pursued. So, just billing them the cost of the game would only bring Projekt Red more losses.

    #3 3 years ago
  4. xxJPRACERxx

    It’s not just the price of the game but the price of the punishement too.

    #4 3 years ago
  5. Andrew Groen

    @Pentafh
    Agreed, but I think that good PR goes a long way in the games business. Companies like Valve have built an empire on being sympathetic to gamers. CDPR isn’t going to get that money regardless. They’re sending a message, but it’s a message that kind of hurts their cred with gamers. Sending them a bill just for the cost of the game is snarky, sarcastic and endears them further with gamers.

    #5 3 years ago
  6. DSB

    @5 You might want to back up a bit. I don’t know anything about CD Projekts financials, but I think we can safely say that Valve doesn’t have to care about the performance of their next game, and they probably won’t have to, given their position in the industry.

    For CD Projekt, the game is entirely different. It doesn’t hurt me at all to see a developer going after pirates, and I’m about as staunch a DRM opponent as you’re gonna meet.

    I’m pretty disappointed to see blogs like Rock, Paper, Shotgun and a lot of people who oppose DRM side with the pirates on this one. That strikes me as counter-productive. You can’t oppose DRM and back pirates at the same time, because one is a validation of the other.

    That being said, 900 euro is excessive, I wish they’d bill them for the game itself, and there’s an obvious problem in a company handling copyright lawsuits, as opposed to police. Surely the EU should be able to provide a court for that sort of thing.

    #6 3 years ago