Witcher 2 dev threatens pirates with legal action

Witcher 2 dev threatens pirates with legal action
Craig Chapple

By Craig Chapple

December 16th 2011 at 11:16AM

CD Projekt only taking action against users it is '100 per cent' certain have illegally downloaded the title

Polish studio CD Projekt is taking legal action against those who have pirated its third-person RPG title The Witcher 2.

Speaking to Eurogamer, the developer confirmed that it was seeking settlements of $1,230 and threatening lawsuits if demands were not met.

The legal firm has apparently contacted thousands of Witcher 2 players over the last few months with letters asking for the money.

“We've seen some of the concern online about our efforts to thwart piracy, and we can assure you that we only take legal actions against users who we are 100 per cent sure have downloaded our game illegally,” said a company spokesperson.

The studio added that it was forced to take such action is it did not believe in the use of DRM to prohibit piracy, which it said “is a pain for legal gamers”.

CD Projekt CEO Marcin Iwinski said last month he believed The Witcher 2 had been illegally downloaded more than 4.5 million times.