Someone spent a lot of money to acquire CD Projekt Red’s stolen game and engine code.
Just one day after hackers leaked the first CD Projekt Red game source code for Gwent, an auction was held where they could offer the entirety of the stolen data to the highest bidder.
The auction was held on a popular hacking forum on the dark web, and the bidding started at $1 million, according to Vx-underground. The auction concluded shortly after, once hackers received a satisfying bid, per KELA Research.
The quoted buy now figure was $7 million for the whole thing, but it’s not clear how much was actually paid before the auction ended. This is because, according to KELA Research, the offer came from outside the forum where the auction was being held. The buyer also stipulated that the data would not be distributed or sold again in the future.
The forum post announcing the opening of the auction said the dump includes source code for The Witcher 3, Cyberpunk 2077, an upcoming ray tracing version of The Witcher 3, Thronebreaker, as well as the studio’s proprietary RedEngine, which powers all of its games.
Beyond that, buyers would also have access to an assortment of documents obtained as part of the hack, which include legal, HR, business, and other sensitive files.
When announcing the news of the hack to everyone, CD Projekt Red said it won’t give in to their demands and pay the ransom, opting instead to warn its partners who may be affected and work with local authorities.