Andrzej Sapkowski wants additional royalties from CD Projekt for their use of The Witcher universe in their games. The creator of The Witcher and author of the books has asked the company for 60 million Polish zloty (about 14 million Euro or £12.5 million GBP) to use his IP. The company does not agree but expects to find an amicable resolution to maintain good relations with the author.
According to the demand written in the name of Sapkowski, even though there was a contract before, "the compensation remitted to the author is too low given the benefits obtained in association with the use of that author's work". The text cites that, usually, royalty rates go from 5% to 15%, and "adopting a rather conservative approach and minimising expectations", they would sit in the region of 6% in this case.
An interesting note is that originally Sapkowski opted out of a royalty payment for the rights, instead taking payment up front in what could be the worst business decision of his life. Clearly, he didn't believe in the small Polish developer that set out to create the first Witcher title and now he feels cheated out of royalties from what is one of the biggest RPG franchises in gaming.
CD Projekt submitted a report stating that "the demands expressed in the notice are groundless with regard to their merit as well as the stipulated amount. The Company had legitimately and legally acquired copyright to Mr. Andrzej Sapkowski's work, i.a. insofar as is required for its use in games developed by the Company. All liabilities payable by the Company in association therewith have been properly discharged."
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