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Witcher 3 director Tomaszkiewicz departs CD Projekt after bullying investigation

Witcher 3 director Tomaszkiewicz departs CD Projekt after bullying investigation

The director of The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt, Konrad Tomaszkiewicz, has left developer CD Projekt following allegations of office bullying.

As reported by Bloomberg, Tomaszkiewicz has denied the accusations of bullying following an internal investigation, in which he was found not guilty by the Polish studio. In an email to staff announcing his departure, he does admit that people were "feeling fear, stress or discomfort" when working with him and apologised "for all the bad blood I have caused."

“I am going to continue working on myself,” Tomaszkiewicz said.

“Changing behavior is a long and arduous process, but I’m not giving up, and I hope to change.”

This is the latest negative news story surrounding CD Projekt. The firm has been in hot water since the end of 2020, when it released the eagerly-anticipated sci-fi RPG Cyberpunk 2077. This launch, however, was mired by myriad glitches and bugs, to the point that Sony pulled the game from its PlayStation Store.

CD Projekt recently reported that 13.7 million copies of the game were sold between its launch and the end of 2020. At the start of this year, co-founder Marcin Iwiński said that management was to blame for the title's poor state. More recently, five board members were awarded a total of $28 million in bonuses, while $29.8 million was divided up between its 865 members of staff.


PCGamesInsider Contributing Editor

Alex Calvin is a freelance journalist who writes about the business of games. He started out at UK trade paper MCV in 2013 and left as deputy editor over three years later. In June 2017, he joined Steel Media as the editor for new site PCGamesInsider.biz. In October 2019 he left this full-time position at the company but still contributes to the site on a daily basis. He has also written for GamesIndustry.biz, VGC, Games London, The Observer/Guardian and Esquire UK.

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