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Witcher developer CD Projekt Red abandons DRM for future releases

The Witcher series developer CD Projekt Red has promised that it will no longer use DRM in any of its future video games, due to its ineffectiveness and the problems it creates for users.

Eric Caoili, Blogger

March 9, 2012

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The Witcher series developer CD Projekt Red has promised that it will no longer use DRM, or digital right management anti-piracy protections, in any of its future video games, due to its ineffectiveness and the problems it creates for users. During a talk at the Game Developers Conference on thursday, the Polish studio's CEO Marcin Iwiński said that DRM doesn't adequately protect games from pirates, despite it potentially causing problems for consumers who've actually purchased them. Iwiński said that the retail version of The Witcher 2, which featured SecuROM copy protection and DRM (the version sold on CD Projekt Red's Good Old Games digital distribution platform did not have DRM), was cracked by pirates within two hours after the game's release. "DRM does not protect your game," Iwinski told Joystiq after his GDC presentation. "If there are examples that it does, then people maybe should consider it, but then there are complications with legit users." Many PC gamers have criticized DRM for causing problems and unnecessary restrictions in their games -- such as Ubisoft's single-player title From Dust needing a constant internet connection to play. The publisher removed the DRM soon after players complained about the practice. CD Projekt Red has also come under fire for its efforts in fighting piracy. The company threatened to sue people who downloaded copies of The Witcher 2 on torrent sites, and demanded €911 ($1195) settlements from alleged pirates -- which some felt was overreaching. The company eventually decided that it would not pursue legal action against any alleged pirates in order to avoid squandering the good faith of its audience. Since its release in May 2011, The Witcher 2 has sold more than 1.1 million copies.

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Eric Caoili

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Eric Caoili currently serves as a news editor for Gamasutra, and has helmed numerous other UBM Techweb Game Network sites all now long-dead, including GameSetWatch. He is also co-editor for beloved handheld gaming blog Tiny Cartridge, and has contributed to Joystiq, Winamp, GamePro, and 4 Color Rebellion.

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