Pirate The Witcher 2 and You Could Get Fined

CD Projekt is an awesome company. Not only are they behind The Witcher series of RPGs, they’re also responsible for the existence of Good Old Games, the home of DRM-free classic games.

At the same time, they’ve come out quite firmly against piracy, and they’re backing that up with a little steel. Speaking with Eurogamer, CD Projekt co-founder Marcin Iwiński had a bit to say about how they’re addressing piracy on the upcoming RPG, The Witcher 2.

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.’

While this type of action can result in people with unsecured connections being targeted for downloads they didn’t make, it does give potential pirates something else to think about. Additionally, CD Projekt isn’t resorting to restrictive DRM to protect its games.

In fact, it’s doing just the opposite. You can buy The Witcher 2 on GOG.com, and you can even pre-order it without paying any money up front. Most importantly, it’ll be available completely DRM-free.

This may be the first instance of a company asking pirates to put their money where their mouth is. After all, how many people say they only pirate games because “DRM sucks?” Buy it DRM-free, or chance a fine for pirating it. Doesn’t seem like that hard a choice to me.

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15 Comments on Pirate The Witcher 2 and You Could Get Fined

Michael

On November 23, 2010 at 5:01 pm

Now thats the way it should be done!!! Way to go!

Ryan

On November 23, 2010 at 5:03 pm

DRM or not, I don’t pirate ty games, so they have nothing to worry about.

neil comerie

On November 24, 2010 at 3:05 pm

you shouldn’t pirate the games anyway

RYAN YOUR A WANKER

On November 24, 2010 at 5:31 pm

as the name suggests

AIDs

On November 24, 2010 at 10:33 pm

If companies spent as much time with frivolous law suits on the internet as much time as they should actually spend making their own products good and worth the price tag. People would be more likely to pay for that. Threatening potential buyers and customers, treating those who are with full intentions to utilize your product like they are already criminals only pushes them to pirating more. If you wanna sit and complain about pirating as if it is only about DRMs and crap then you’re as clueless as you are stupid. Maybe these corporations should actually come down to the real world above throwing even more money at things and spewing crap on the internet.

Common Sense

On December 2, 2010 at 7:14 am

Forward: This is not a flame, rather an attempt at helping common sense and logical thought to surface.

We live in a world of crime, corrupt governments and amoral dispositions. So it’s really no surprise that there are people willing to pirate games rather than buy them. There will always be that element of society that is unwilling to pay. There’s nothing we can do about that, it will exist in any form it can take. So we have to feel a bit of understanding when companies are upset their product is not making them a profit. After all, very few PC game designers actually remain afloat financially.

Now that said, look at the customer base. A great many consumers are led by popular belief. In other words: they are sheep. However, a great deal of the customers want more from their products and for their money. They also don’t want to be insulted/attacked/persecuted/prosecuted (two different words) for simply wanting more out of their buck. So when a company tells us they are going to use “sneaking” companies to monitor their customers, you’re going to see most customers with a brain close their wallets.

So let’s say 15% of possible sales get pirated instead (very high percent, not actual). In the case of a company telling its customers they are going to start monitoring their computers (as most are not tech savy enough to know the details) another 15% of sales goes to pirating in response. Then we find out they’re using protection of some kind that limits the amount of times we can install the game we legally purchased, add another 15%.

By this point, almost half of the possible profit has been removed largely by the company’s own actions. Rather than being a better company, they simply want to remove customer’s one weapon. They want to tell their customers that it’s illegal NOT to buy this product. A good company with business sense will not need to attack pirates, as customers will support their profit margin. This company, is NOT a good company.

Rest assured, I will not be buying this game now that I’ve read this article. I won’t pirate their game, but I have no interest in support a disgraceful, amoral company.

Kind Regards,
The average consumer

The dane

On January 17, 2011 at 3:45 pm

Where I come from, we have a law against “sneaking” in to other peoples computers. If those greedy developers are using that kind of methods, they are no better than the pirates. I feel tempted to pirate the game, just to get the courts word, for what they are doing is wrong. They(CD Project) would probably get in more trouble than I would.

Casevil

On May 9, 2011 at 8:44 am

Well, that is something new. However, it will not work. The more they fight piracy, the stronger it gets. I suppose the pirate scene teams will actually enjoy their challange, i.e. they will remove DRM, cut the spying software and the game will run with less problems than the original, purchased game, as it was with Assassin’s Creed II for example.
After reading this I am certainly NOT buying it, since I cannot stand bold threats of this kind, also considering piracing it, just to flame. There are many developers which are greatful for purchasing their product, releasing free content after the premiere which is pretty popular nowadays, CD Projekt presented itself as one which wants to force everyone to buy it – ‘IN SOVIET RUSSIA THE GAME BUYS YOU!’, we might put it.
The GOG version will not be the only one ‘DRM-free’ ;) .

roflz

On May 9, 2011 at 11:49 am

PIRATING IT FO SHO, SUE ME PLEASE.

masni

On May 9, 2011 at 2:22 pm

I would have to give 25% of my monthly life for a game from where I come from…50$ game on a 200$ earned monthly money…bah if things are diferent here the story would probably end “and they lived happily ever after” …when that time come, I will support every game ever worth buying…until then I will wait crack…sue me I’m guilty :( (( (as 90% people here sadly :( )

really

On May 10, 2011 at 3:16 am

For MOST people pirating is not a way to stick it to the developers, people want to enjoy games but they simply cannot afford to buy every single game they want to play. Usual if someone pirates a game it’s because they don’t have the money to pay for it right now and if they like it they might buy it later on. It’s not really a lost sale if they weren’t even able to buy it anyways. Just my opinion.

MouseTrap

On May 10, 2011 at 10:27 pm

Wow. You people are so full of . Typical immature kids wanting to rebel just because there’s nothing better to spend your time with.

CD-Projeckt has done everything right up to this point, they offer a completely DRM free game, no spy bull or anything, an affordable price-tag, free games with purchase, and various other stuff. The only “logical and reasonable” people are already going to buy the game because of how well they’re supporting the PC platform and their paying customers and obviously because the game looks amazing. Right now they just want to protect their assets from people like you, nothing more nothing less, I already pre-ordered the game and I’m not going to get any of this “lawsuit” or threats.

RELOADED

On May 11, 2011 at 2:09 pm

this is bull… they cant afford this.. it will cost them more money to hunt all pirates down and throw them in front of the judge then it will deliver them.. losers

vinnie

On May 13, 2011 at 5:46 am

I pirate games, but only the ones i wouldn’t have bought annyway.
This game looks so good, i’ll pay for it, and the rest of you saying you won’t, lol social status -1 you beggars

affis

On June 30, 2011 at 3:53 pm

I think what these companies fail to realize is this — a great number of people who pirate games may not be able to afford them in the first place. Gamers aren’t usually older, established professionals, and it’s not exactly easy for younger people to make a decent income these days. The hardware for gaming costs a lot on it’s own, and dishing out several hundred dollars for a handful of titles just isn’t realistic for many. Instead of resorting to legal attacks, maybe the gaming industry should get off its collective high horse and consider how to actually reach out to all these people who want their products.