Pirate The Witcher 2 and You Could Get Fined
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.