The Witcher author and CD Projekt reach new agreement, settle royalties dispute

By Sherif Saed, Thursday, 2 January 2020 11:48 GMT

The author of The Witcher series of books has ended his dispute with game developer and publisher CD Projekt.

CD Projekt acquired the rights to the entirety of The Witcher series from creator Andrzej Sapkowski before creating the first game to carry the same name.

At the time, Sapkowski signed the deal for a fee, but not royalties. He later revealed in a Eurogamer interview that he didn’t have faith in the games’ success back then, and felt he was owed a lot more than the initial sell fee.

A year later, Sapkowski would officially demand a payment of around $16 million from CD Projekt, as compensation for missed royalties. The developer refused to pay the sum, but seemingly left the door open for re-negotiating. It now appears both parties are happy.

In December, the two reached a new agreement, which the press release says “satisfies and fully clarifies the needs and expectations of both parties.”

Although financial details were not revealed, the new deal reconfirms CD Projekt’s rights to The Witcher series in video games, graphic novels, board games and merchandise.

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