CD Projekt Red “Will Never Use Any DRM Anymore”

CD Projekt Red, the game development branch of CD Projekt, will never use DRM again. CEO Marchin Lwinski said at a GDC presentation that DRM simply introduces complications for legitimate customers and presents pirates with a trivial challenge.

The Witcher 2: Assassins of Kings did include DRM, but after pirates nonetheless cracked the game in short order, CD Projekt patched it out.

Lwinski said:

Every subsequent game we [make] will never use any DRM anymore; it’s just over-complicating things.

We release [Witcher 2]. It’s cracked in two hours. (…) What really surprised me is that the pirates didn’t use the GOG version, which was not protected. They took the SecuROM retail version, cracked it and said, “we cracked it” – meanwhile there’s a non-secure version with a simultaneous release. You’d think the GOG version would be the one floating around.

DRM does not protect your game. If there are examples that it does, then people maybe should consider it, but then there are complications with legit users.

The fact that pirates rose to the challenge to crack the DRM version of The Witcher 2 is the icing on the cake. Has DRM simply been training an army of super-crackers by regularly presenting them with challenges to overcome? Is there really any point in DRM anymore?

via VE3D

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3 Comments on CD Projekt Red “Will Never Use Any DRM Anymore”


On March 10, 2012 at 2:58 pm

As long as they don’t try and use some kind of online requirement as DRM which is the worst kind, this is great news. Their customers could be able to play their games when and where they want indefinitely into the future.

I’m tempted to buy their next game just to show support considering how other pushers/companies etc treat their customers.

I was tempted to buy The Witcher 2 on GOG as I did The Witcher 1 because of the convenience though unfortunately I didn’t like it enough to finish or buy it.

With their attitude towards their customers, I’m more keen to become one.

Hopefully more will realise DRM does nothing positive or useful for anyone, they may as well stick to a CD-Key/serial which has proven to be just as effective as any DRM but without the problems.


On March 11, 2012 at 9:16 pm

In the end DRM just doesn’t do anything to stop piracy. It just adds cost and complexity to the project without providing any real protection. Lack of DRM will not probably influence self-righteous scumbag thieves to actually buy a game, but I can’t really picture it hurting sales, so why go through the bother?

Witcher 2 was a heck of a fun game and I look forward to buying and playing CD Projekt’s next game.


On March 12, 2012 at 10:28 am

First they say they don’t support DRM

Then they get jacked, and then they want to hunt everyone down who’s pirated it.

And now they support it again.