Piracy issue has not convinced Polish company to implement DRM
CD Projekt RED chief executive Marcin Iwinski has said The Witcher 2 was illegally downloaded 4.5m times but that still does not convince him DRM is necessary, according to an interview with PC Gamer.
After years of experimenting with various DRM and copy-protection methods, the company finally arrived at their current solution. “We started offering high value with the product – like enhancing the game with additional collectors’ items like soundtracks, making-of DVDs, books, walkthroughs, etc. This, together with a long process of educating local gamers about why it makes sense to actually buy games legally, worked,” he said.
This method has not prevented piracy, however. Iwinski said, “The result is roughly 4.5m illegal downloads. This is only an estimation, and I would say that’s rather on the optimistic side of things. As of today, we have sold over 1m legal copies, so having only 4.5-5 illegal copies for each legal one would be not a bad ratio.”
Iwinski explained that developers will not change their DRM policy “as long as the numbers in Excel add up.”
He added, “I always encourage gamers to go and vote with their wallets. That’s the only way to enact real change, and I can already see it is changing.”