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CDProject On DRM
Interview - posted by VentilatorOfDoom on Fri 26 November 2010, 18:37:43Tags: CD Projekt; The Witcher 2: Assassins of Kings
CDProject's CEO and co-founder Marcin Iwiński explains to Eurogamer why DRM doesn't work and why a DRM free solution like The Witcher 2, stuffed with goodies like a Geralt bust or something, will work.
"Let's look at Call of Duty," Iwiński told Eurogamer at a press conference in Warsaw, Poland. "We are frequently checking the torrent sites before making our decisions. The game is out a few days and you have 100,000 people downloading it simultaneously. So it doesn't work.
Indeed, PC-exclusive The Witcher II will be sold DRM-free on GOG.com when it goes on sale next year.
The breakthrough came when CD Projekt released RPG classic Baldur's Gate as Polish publisher. It included a D&D book, five CDs (pirates were charging per CD), a map with a seal, a music CD and more.
Baldur's Gate sold 18,000 copies, up from the 3000 average. "Nobody wanted to believe us, including Virgin Interplay," Iwiński said.
Well, in a sense their GoG deal worked, because it made me preorder the game, on the other hand if I was planning to get the game I would have bought it anyway. Pirates (I do it because I can muahhhahhaa) won't discover their virtues suddenly, you don't get the riffraff to pay for the game by adding a bit of useless crap. They can get it for free and they will, I'm afraid you're in for a disappointment Marcin.
Spotted at: RPGWatch