Last month we reported that the publisher of The Witcher 2, CD Projekt, were pursuing legal action against those who had illegally downloaded the game. Today they have confirmed that they will be dropping the legal threats.
CD Projekt’s co-founder, Marcin Iwinski said in a statement: “While we are confident that no-one who legally owns one of our games has been required to compensate us for copyright infringement, we value our fans, our supporters, and our community too highly to take the chance that we might ever falsely accuse even one individual.
“So we’ve decided that we will immediately cease identifying and contacting pirates. We’ve heard your concerns, listened to your voices, and we’re responding to them.
The Polish developer of The Witcher and The Witcher 2 had been seeking to make pirates pay €911.80 for their actions. Concerns were raised within the gaming community of the potential for innocent paying customers being slapped by the legal fine because CD Projekt were not willing to reveal their methods for identifying the pirates.
Iwinski ended his statement by saying that although CD Projekt would be ending its legal pursuit of pirates, they would need the support of paying customers.
“You need to help us and do your part; don’t be indifferent to piracy,” he said.
“Unless you support the developers who make the games you play, unless you pay for those games, we won’t be able to produce new excellent titles for you.”