Report points to CD Projekt reaching settlement with Witcher author Sapkowski

Report points to CD Projekt reaching settlement with Witcher author Sapkowski

It seems that Polish game developer CD Projekt RED has come to an agreement with the author behind The Witcher series of books Andrzej Sapkowski.

That's according to local news outlet Puls Biznesu - as spotted by WCCFTech - which says the two parties have come to an amicable arrangement, but that the amount of cash that will change hands is said to be below the original $16m Sapkowski asked for.

In October 2018, the author demanded the aforementioned sum, taking issue with the original terms under which he gave CD Projekt RED the video game rights for his Witcher series of books. At the time, Sapkowski was reportedly offered an upfront fee or a slice of proceeds that the games would make. Not having much faith in this new medium, the writer took an upfront fee of apparently just under $10,000.

Under Polish law, a deal can change based on the amount of revenue work goes on to produce versus what was initially anticipated.

We've reached out to CD Projekt for comment.

At the time, the games firm called Sapkowski's demands "groundless", but has seemingly had a change of tune. This is likely due to the fact that by not simply capitulating upfront, the case could go to court.

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