Witcher franchise, specifically The Witcher 3 Wild Hunt turned out to be a huge success for Polish game developer studio CD Projekt RED in recent years.
The franchise was based on novels written by Andrzej Sapkowski, who agreed to sell the rights of The Witcher books to CD Projekt RED when he was approached by the studio to come up with a novel based video game series. Sapkowski was paid a fixed sum as per the contract between two parties, but it appears that he wants additional sum following the huge success of video game franchise.
Sapkowski wants more amount of money than the actual agreement, which was confirmed by game developer CD Projekt RED in a form of notice where they termed the demand of author ‘groundless’ for asking 60 million PLN (around US $16 million).
They believe that the contract between the team and the author was carried out legally. Here’s what the team responded with;
“The notice indicates that Mr. Andrzej Sapkowski expects payment of additional royalties beyond what had been contractually agreed upon between himself and the Company.
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.”
The author’s legal team believes that the contract was made for the original game only, whereas the studio used it for the sequels as well. It should be remembered that the studio’s upcoming sci-fi game Cyberpunk 2077 is also based on Cyberpunk 2020 novels, so the team may expect this kind of situation in the near future.
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