CD Projekt Will Fine Witcher 2 Pirates
CD Projekt turned a number of heads recently by offering their upcoming game The Witcher 2: Assassin of Kings on Good ol’ Games, which means the game would have absolutely no DRM. This means that someone, after buying the game, could upload it to a torrent site for hundreds of thousands of users to download and play without the slightest hassle. Just because one could do that doesn’t mean they should, though.
“Of course we’re not happy when people are pirating our games, so we are signing with legal firms and torrent sneaking companies. In quite a few big countries, when people are downloading it illegally they can expect a letter from a legal firm saying, ‘Hey, you downloaded it illegally and right now you have to pay a fine,’” CD Projekt Co-Founder Marcin Iwiński said.
According to Iwiński, they’re trying to treat all their customers like adults.
“We are totally fair, but if you decide you will not buy it legally there is a chance you’ll get a letter,” Iwiński said.
Those that pirate games commonly make up excuses to justify their theft, ranging from delusions of punishing game companies for including DRM to making a profound statement about not paying for games of inferior quality. Well, time for pirates to put up or shut up – if this game is massively pirated, that throws any pretense out the window doesn’t it?