Developer CD Projekt RED has been methodically tracking down people who have pirated The Witcher 2: Assassin of Kings and issuing them with legal letters demanding payment for their transgressions. By tracking IP addresses, the developer has been able to issue fines for up to €1000 or about R10 000 per person.
CD Projekt RED has always been very vocal about their dislike of DRM methods, saying that they do more harm to legitimate users than they prevent piracy. In other words, they know exactly what they’re talking about. Instead they choose to bundle their games with loads of extra goodies in an attempt to get people to purchase legitimate copies.
As a result of this, CD Projekt RED reckons their game was pirated up to 4.5 million times. The developer is insistent that their decision to shun DRM methods “shouldn’t be confused with us giving a green light to piracy. We will never approve of it, since it doesn’t only affect us but has a negative impact on the whole game industry”.
This has led the team to some scary German lawyers who are now requesting fine payments for €911.80 from each person who is known to have pirated The Witcher 2: Assassin of Kings. Naturally this is raising some eyebrows, with people asking how CD Projekt RED and their crack-team of scary German lawyers can be certain people actually stole the game. The developer ensures that they only pursue those filthy pirates who they know are 100% guilty.