Sapkowski Demands $16 Million in Royalties from CD Projekt Red

Sapkowski Demands $16 Million in Royalties from CD Projekt Red

The Witcher author Andrzej Sapkowski wants to get 60 Million zlotys ($16 million) in additional royalties from CD Projekt Red, but the studio has decided to politely decline. 

In a post on the company’s website, CD Projekt states that the company hopes to reach some resolution with Sapkowski, but the team won’t share any extra cash as it acquired the rights to the franchise legitimately and legally. 

Here is a piece of the statement:

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.

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Sapkowski sold the rights to his book series to CD Projekt back in 1997, and turned down a profit-sharing agreement at the time. Yes, that wasn’t a smart move. 

The novelist stated that he took the cash offer because he didn’t believe anyone would actually buy the game.

“They offered me a percentage of their profits. I said, ‘No, there will be no profit at all – give me all my money right now. The whole amount,” he said in a Eurogamer interview. “It was stupid. I was stupid enough to leave everything in their hands because I didn’t believe in their success. But who could foresee their success? I couldn’t.”

Make sure to share your thoughts on the whole situation in the comments below. 

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  • Alexis Luis

    Agreed, It's akin to to a parent abandoning his/her child and only returning for handouts when the child turns out to be successful, Its repulsive. The author just lost my respect.


    Alexis Luis

    ·3 years ago·
  • Anonymous user

    Not to sound bad, but this is one of those things where he messed up in the beginning sold his  baby came back after it is fully grown and someone else took care of it and now wants to be a part of his/her life since its become so successful... in my eyes the studio should keep the money and continue forward this makes the author look bad for putting no faith in his own creation.


    Anonymous user

    ·3 years ago·

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