Witcher 3 Director Leaves CD Projekt Following Bullying Allegations

Witcher 3 Director Leaves CD Projekt Following Bullying Allegations
CD Projekt's booth at Gamescom 2014. (Photo: Patrik Stollarz, Getty Images)

Konrad Tomaszkiewicz, director of The Witcher 3, has resigned from his position at CD Projekt after being accused of workplace bullying, Bloomberg reports.

Tomaszkiewicz reportedly told CD Projekt staff that an internal investigation found him not guilty of this alleged behaviour, but he is nevertheless stepping away due to what he referred to as “fear, stress, or discomfort” employees may feel while working with him. Tomaszkiewicz also apologised for the “bad blood” he caused at CD Projekt.

After joining CD Projekt in 2004 as a junior tester on The Witcher, Tomaszkiewicz quickly rose through the ranks with his work on the fantasy role-playing series. He was promoted to vice president of game development in 2019 and, most recently, acted as the secondary game director and head of production on the much-maligned Cyberpunk 2077.

According to Bloomberg, there were expectations before Tomaszkiewicz’s departure that he would play a key role in developing the next Witcher game after his success with the previous instalment, which has sold over 30 million copies since its 2015 release.

“I am going to continue working on myself,” Tomaszkiewicz reportedly wrote to his co-workers. “Changing behaviour is a long and arduous process, but I’m not giving up, and I hope to change.”

Comments

  • I doubt this has anything to do with bullying, but him escaping dealing with the CP2077 garbage fire since it’s impossible to fix and a great deal of stress for nothing.

    • The bullying and various fuckery inside cdpr has been widely known for years. I have no doubt he did it, but I agree that him leaving wasn’t because he was a bully.

      • I didn’t mean to imply that he wasn’t responsible for bullying, more that it’s a convenient out with CP2077’s insurmountable development issues which have damaged his reputation far more than the bullying did.

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    The energy and vibe of Giant Bomb have been dwindling over the past few years, especially on the West Coast. Jan and Jason are… decent enough, but they are video producers and editors, not entertainers, and it shows. It was unfair for them to have to step up to the plate and do quick looks and be on podcasts.

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