Andrzej Sapkowski, without whom The Witcher games would not exist (as he’s the writer of the books that were used for the game trilogy, as well as the Netflix series…), will get more cash in a new deal.
The original agreement, which was signed more than a decade ago, had Sapkowski ask for a lump sum of cash in advance, as he didn’t believe in the success of the games (he was still quite antagonistic towards gaming in 2007 when the first game launched on PC…). He made a big mistake: the three games went on to be a success, and he lost a ton of money. Thus, he demanded 60 million Polish zloty from CD Projekt last year (15.6 million USD or so), and in February, there were already talks about a new deal.
It was announced by CD Projekt yesterday: „[We have] signed an agreement further solidifying our relationship. We’ve always admired Mr Andrzej Sapkowski’s works—a great inspiration for the team here at CD Project Red. I believe today marks a new stage in our continued relationship,” CD Projekt president and joint CEO Adam Kiciński said in a statement.
The details of the arrangement are not public due to an NDA, but according to CD Projekt, „the deal satisfies and fully clarifies the needs and expectations of both parties, past and present, and sets out a framework for the future cooperation between the two sides.” In other words, it leaves the door open for new The Witcher games, as it also „grants CD Projekt new rights” for „video games, graphic novels, board games, and merchandise.”
So Sapkowski can stop bashing the table for more money (even though CD Projekt could have ignored his demands – after all, they fulfilled their part of the deal…). Perhaps the crowd can get to know the writer more – even Henry Cavill, who is Geralt in the Netflix The Witcher series, admitted that he hasn’t heard of the books (and/or Sapkowski) until he recently played The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt…
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