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 Witcher 2  dev backs off from legal action against pirates

Witcher 2 dev backs off from legal action against pirates

January 12, 2012 | By Tom Curtis

Hoping to dispel some bad press drummed up in December, The Witcher 2 developer CD Projekt RED said it will no longer pursue legal action against players who allegedly pirated the studio's most recent release.

In an open letter to the gaming community, CD Projekt RED co-founder Marcin Iwinski said that while the team staunchly opposes video game piracy, it does not want to squander the good faith of its audience by taking legal action against them.

"Being part of a community is a give-and-take process, Iwinski wrote. "We only succeed because you have faith in us, and we have worked hard over the years to build up that trust. We were sorry to see that many gamers felt that our actions didn't respect the faith that they have put into CD Projekt RED."

"Our fans always have been and remain our greatest concern, and we pride ourselves on the fact that you all know that we listen to you and take your opinions to heart," he said.

Iwinski further asserted that he is certain CD Projekt RED had not wrongly accused a single player of piracy, but explained that the studio does not want to risk mistakenly harming even one loyal customer.

"We've heard your concerns, listened to your voices, and we're responding to them. But you need to help us and do your part: don't be indifferent to piracy... Unless you support the developers who make the games you play, unless you pay for those games, we won't be able to produce new excellent titles for you," he continued.

When the company first announced its plans to sue pirates of The Witcher 2, reports alleged that CD Projekt RED's lawyers were hoping to scare up 911.80 euros ($1187.10) from all users who downloaded the game through torrent sites.

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