The Witcher author, Andrzej Sapkowski originally sold the rights to The Witcher for $4000 in 1998, according to Polish video game journalist and now Marketing Manager for CD Projekt Red, Marcin Kosman.
Wow, no wonder he regrets it now. 😁
Obviously didn't value his own work. Kinda sad actually!
The thing is that CDPR actually tried to do the right thing and buy his work for a percentage of the total profits they would eventually make. But Andrzej Sapkowski said it himself, he didnt believe in them so he just wanted the cash upfront. Talk about extremely naive.
He sold that to a different company that started to make a witcher game but never finished it. Doesn't say how much red bought it for.
Hindsight is 20/20
Don't know what was going on in his life at that time to really say if it was a good move or not.
I'm currently working 2 graphic novels.
They could pan out to be something great, or nothing at all.
Someone saying they will buy it off me for $4k could make sense depending on where I'm at in life.
He could keep the rights, not take the money, but who is to say CDPR doesn't come out with a great RPG "loosly" about The Witcher and go on to be successful regardless?
I mean...consider before Witcher 1 on PC, not many even knew what The Witcher was anyway.
Seriously, change the name of the main character, get rid of the specifics and you still have a great RPG. That story really didn't make THAT much of the Witcher series in terms of games to be honest.
If I played someone else called a "Warlocker" and he was paid to use his "Warlock" powers to kill mythical creatures while having sex with ladies call "Tiff" I'd still like it.
CDPR might have always been ok making an RPG regardless of its source material.
Yet the writer may have never even been known to exist here in the west.
Well sir... you blew it
Oh well, he'll make enough money selling his work in other mediums.
This man absolutely pisses me off. The books were great, and thankfully I finished them before he went and trash talked only CD-Projekt Red, but also video games in general.
He valued his work, but he didn't realize the power of the industry. He had simply written it off as a child's plaything.
This is identical to the dude who cashed out his Apple stocks for 800 bucks back in the day, for an easy payout. That stock today is worth 22 billion dollars.
Some people just roll the dice, and if that lack the proper vision, will do something stupid, and blame it on everyone but themselves in the long term.
"He valued his work, but he didn't realize the power of the industry. He had simply written it off as a child's plaything."
That's not always the ignorant party's fault, at all.. We've all had different experiences and different amounts of exposure to games. Its really common for people to be dismissive of things they don't understand. 😕
I get him being a bit bitter about it, haha.
I can't say its that bad. Consider this is his baby, he's created it and wants to make comments about it.
I can't judge him to he honest.
This isn't some stock that he gambled though, this is work he made and spent his life crafting.
Except that his problem was just video games in general. He hates video games and thinks of them as a waste of time. He sees no value in them and figured that it would never sell. He was offered a percentage and turned it down out of sheer hubris and spite for the medium. He has no one to blame but himself.
I can understand how he feels. However, the other side to this story is just how much it is the devs doing that it became famous. CD project red is obviously an ace developer and would have made good games regardless of the source material they used. As much as he regrets it he should also realize the devs made the great game and story presented well and had numerous people working their very best to present the source material well. Which is just as important. 4000 was fair for the time. My only advice to people is to always keep the merchandising rights. What he should do is leverage his story writing skills to maybe get an advisor position of some sort at cd project red or simply write more stories.
Yeah? Why don't you tell that to the press
Why's it my job to tell the press anything? They obviously write what they want to, it's not like yelling at them is going to change jane/john doe newswriter 1 million's mind.
Pretty sure his book sales have picked up since the game released as well.
Probably seemed like a great deal at the time.
I now understand his unending bitterness. What a blow to his balls.
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