In October 2018, Sapkowski had demanded at least PLN 60 mln from CD Projekt. The money was meant to be compensation for using his “The Witcher” book series, on which the developer’s games are based on. The Warsaw company considered the author’s claims to be completely baseless but argued that they will search for an amicable solution.
The issue poorly reflected on CD Projekt’s international standing due to online commentary and media attention. The developer had boasted that the profits from “The Witcher” games amounted to over PLN 1 bln. Sapkowski had demanded six percent of the profits.
Arrangements are underway between both sides. In no more than a month it should be known what the solution is
“Puls Biznesu” reported that “arrangements are underway between both sides. In no more than a month it should be known what the solution is. There is likelihood of a settlement, but nothing is certain.”
The settlement would most likely not be the demanded sum. “This could rather be a form of appreciation for Sapkowski’s work – his character, talent and potential, when it comes to helping the company create ideas.”
CD Projekt Red has denied commentary on the negotiations. In October 2018, the company’s chairman Adam Kiciński underlined that the company wants to keep good relations with Sapkowski but also honor previous agreements and contracts.