Given all the hubbub about DRM and SimCity, it’s not surprising that anti-piracy issues pop up in interviews. When talking with GamesIndustry, CD Projekt Managing Director and Studio Head Adam Badowski reiterated the company’s firm anti-DRM stance.
“Our DRM strategy has shown that it changes nothing,” Badowski said. “There’s exactly the same number of pirated games whether you have it or not, and DRM is always painful for legal users. It wasn’t really a smart decision, it’s just reality.”
Normally statements like this would smack of populism; devs just telling their audience what they want to hear. However, I’m more inclined to believe it from CD Projekt. Their service is 100% DRM free, and they’ve been making it work. In fact, they claim to be the #2 independent digital distribution network behind Steam.
Badowski notes that GoG is also behind Origin, but he sees that as more of an EA-exclusive vehicle than a full digital distribution platform.
He also commented on CD Projekt’s use of mature material in their games.
“Sex is a part of almost everybody’s everyday life. We’re always as mature as we can be – we want controversial scenes in our games, but not in terms of being over the top,” Badowski said. “They’re just a normal element of any interesting story, so we want to treat them in that way, as a part of normal life and stories.”
Really the whole interview is just a series of awesome sentiments from someone who can actually back up a creative-first approach with real results. Definitely check it out if you’re getting a little jaded on some of the unfortunate business realities in the gaming industry of late.