Royalties dispute over The Witcher finally settled

Royalties dispute over The Witcher finally settled

6th January 2020 0 By Jordan Heal

A drawn-out royalties dispute over The Witcher has finally been settled.

The rift – between CD Projekt Red and Polish author Andrzej Sapkowksi – is thought to have begun years ago when the novelist believed he had undersold his vision to the game developer after it bought the rights to his work.

The rights enabled CD Projekt Red to create a series of video games under the same name as the popular books which have now also become a successful TV series.

At the time, Sapkowski took a lump sum, which was retrospectively viewed as insufficient. Although, in later interviews he confessed that he didn’t believe the games would ever be successful.

Upon realising his mistake, Sapkowksi was quick to ask for more money with some reports suggesting he wanted $16 million. CD Projekt Red declined to pay him this fee but it did, however, leave the door open for negotiation.

The dispute has now been settled, according to a statement from CD Projekt Red president Adam Kiciński.

“We’ve always admired Mr Andrzej Sapkowski’s works — a great inspiration for the team here at CD Projekt Red,” he said.

“I believe today marks a new stage in our continued relationship.”

It does not shed light on the financial details of the newly-established agreement, but it does note both the needs and expectations of both parties, past and present, and sets out a framework for future cooperation between them.

The developer now has the rights to ‘The Witcher’ intellectual property in video games, graphic novels, board games and merchandise.

The author still has the rights to the books and recently saw his vision hit the small screen after Netflix released a TV show starring Henry Cavill as Geralt of Rivia.

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