Back in October, we have learned that The Witcher author Andrzej Sapkowski was demanding 60 million PLN from CD Projekt Red, as the original deal between the Polish author and the developer was only for the original The Witcher and not for its sequels and spin-off games. The two parties, according to a fresh report, have reached an agreement.
The report comes from Puls Biznesu, who claims that an amicable settlement has been reached. Sapkowski will be offered further compensation from CD Projekt Red, but the amount will be much lower than what Sapkowski was asking. Additionally, this compensation is a form of recognition for Sapkowski's work and to maintain a healthy relationship with him.
The original deal between the polish author and CD Projekt Red saw Sapkowski receive a fixed sum of 35.000 PLN, around $9.350. The author and his lawyers deemed that it was not enough, and additional royalties had to be paid.
In the Company’s opinion the demands expressed in the notice are groundless with regard to their merit as well as the stipulated amount. The Company had legitimately and legally acquired copyright to Mr. Andrzej Sapkowski’s work, i.a. insofar as is required for its use in games developed by the Company. All liabilities payable by the Company in association therewith have been properly discharged.
It is the Company’s will to maintain good relations with authors of works which have inspired CD PROJEKT RED’s own creations. Consequently, the Board will go to great lengths to ensure amicable resolution of this dispute; however, any such resolution must be respectful of previously expressed intents of both parties, as well as existing contracts.
The Witcher 3 is the latest main entry in the series, now out on PC and consoles. Thronebreaker: The Witcher Tales is also available on PC and consoles.