Sapkowski Gets More Money from CD Projekt Red

Sapkowski Gets More Money from CD Projekt Red

Back in October, The Witcher author Andrzej Sapkowski wanted 60 million zlotys ($16 million) in additional royalties from CD Projekt Red. Here’s what happened in the end.

Back in October, The Witcher author Andrzej Sapkowski wanted 60 million zlotys ($16 million) in additional royalties from CD Projekt Red. In the beginning, the studio decided to decline, but the team has finally agreed to provide some extra compensation.

Wccftech states the Polish developer will offer the author further compensation in order to preserve an amicable working relationship, but the number, of course, won’t be anywhere near the $16 million which the author requested.

It all started with Sapkowski agreeing to sell the rights to the book series to CD Projekt back in 1997. He turned down a profit-sharing deal in favor of a cash deal because he didn’t think the games would be such success.

“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’,” said later Sapkowski. “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.”

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  • Context

    The dude may be arrogant but you have to appreciate his work. I do not like his attitude, still i think he should  be compensated. I polish court his got actually an legislative base for his claim.
    My generation was raised with the books (Both Saga and short stories).
    I have a much harder time criticizing him. He is actually one of my childhood heroes. As he is for my generation I am 30 btw:)

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    Context

    ·a year ago·
  • Bradley Wood

    I see a ton of angry people in comments sections everywhere that act like they are personally oppressed and attacked by him because he said he doesnt like videogames.
    This on top of that has given them fuel.
    SO WHAT. it has nothing to do with us, hes an old man, and in the 90s and early 2000's games were not the narrative masterpieces they are today. He made a bad call on the forfeiture of his rights and now he feels the burn and wants to do something about it because his stories are now making billions that he isn't entitled to. imagine feeling that.
    people who think he has money consider this, poland has a weak currency. hes an eastern european author whos publisher hasnt even released all of his books in certain regions. And we have no idea how much of a cut he gets.

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    Bradley Wood

    ·a year ago·
  • Testure

    the dude's an arrogant piece of shit. they should've kept the money... had the roles been reversed he would have done the same.

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    Testure

    ·a year ago·

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Sapkowski Gets More Money from CD Projekt Red