CD Projekt Red to "immediately cease" threatening alleged Witcher 2 pirates

Risk of wrongly accusing a fan too high.

Otherwise evangelised game developer CD Projekt Red has promised to "immediately cease" its questionable practice of sending letters to alleged pirates of The Witcher 2, and threatening legal action against them unless they pay nearly €1000.

Marcin Iwinski wrote an open letter to gamers that PC pusher Rock, Paper, Shotgun duly published.

In a nutshell, CD Projekt backed off because of the risk of wrongly accusing a fan of piracy. "We value our fans, our supporters and our community too highly to take the chance," wrote Iwinski, although he's convinced no such error has yet occurred.

That was the official excuse; this could be CDP simply crumpling under immense fan fury. Nevertheless, it's good news. As Iwinski put it: "We're doing our part to keep our relationship with you, our gaming audience, a positive one."

Your part is to not 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," urged Iwinski.

"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."

"So we've decided that we will immediately cease identifying and contacting pirates."

Marcin Iwinski, co-founder, CD Projekt Red

Marcin Iwinski's full letter follows.

"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

CD Projekt Red has been applauded for its hefty post-release development of The Witcher 2.

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