The financial dust-up between Polish author Andrzej Sapkowski and CD Projekt over The Witcher series is apparently nearing its end. New reports say that the two parties are nearing some kind of settlement that will see Sapkowski a little richer for licensing his popular fantasy series to CD Projekt.
Andrzej Sapkowski is the author of The Witcher fantasy novel series which CD Projekt's video game series is based on. CD Projekt originally approached Sapkowski with an offer to license The Witcher for a video game, and pay the author with proceeds from the game's profits. But Sapkowski rejected that offer in favor of a lump sum payment upfront.
In an Aesopian twist, CD Projekt's Witcher games became a hit while Sapkowski missed the gravy boat because he didn't believe in CD Projekt's abilities. In 2017 he told Eurogamer "I was stupid enough to leave everything in their hands because I didn't believe in their success. But who could forsee their success? I couldn't."
Not content to just take the episode as a moral lesson, Sapkowski tried to get an additional 60m PLN ($16 million USD) from CD Projekt. Sapkowski cited a clause in Poland's copyright law and claimed his initial payment was unfair compensation in light of the eventual success of The Witcher video game series.
CD Projekt called the claim groundless, but also said it wished to remain on good terms with Sapkowski. And it looks like that good will led to a settlement. While the exact details aren't known, Polish site Puls Biznesu reports that CD Projekt and Sapkowski "are closer to the end of the dispute," and the two parties are nearing reconciliation. No financial amount was disclosed, but it's reportedly much less than Sapkowski's 60m PLN demand.
Meanwhile, CD Projekt is working with tabletop game designer Mike Pondsmith on a video game adaptation called Cyberpunk 2077. You can read our full coverage, including previews and news, on our Cyberpunk 2077 guide.