The Witcher Three Director Leaves CD Projekt Amidst Allegations of Bullying


CD Projekt‘s 12 months continues to deteriorate with the most recent set of allegations to emerge from the studio. In response to Bloomberg, Konrad Tomaszkiewicz, the director of The Witcher 3, has left the corporate following allegations of office bullying.

A CD Projekt employees e-mail has revealed Tomaszkiewicz was accused of mobbing, which is a time period for workplace bullying. He has said {that a} fee has since discovered him not responsible of the allegations. Nevertheless, he determined to go away the corporate as a result of “nonetheless, lots of people are feeling worry, stress or discomfort when working with me”. He has since apologised to the employees at CD Projekt “for all of the dangerous blood I’ve induced” and has promised to “proceed working” on himself: “Altering conduct is a protracted and arduous course of, however I’m not giving up, and I hope to alter”.

The Witcher 3 has been extremely profitable, promoting 30 million copies. Then again, regardless of promoting almost 14 million copies, Cyberpunk 2077 dragged CD Projekt’s repute down. The event of the latter recreation was additionally marred by allegations of improvement woes and worker departures. The sport’s poor vital reception then induced a backlash towards administration from the event employees, particularly after they seemingly blamed the sport’s QA group for a lot of of its points. The divide grew even additional when CD Projekt RED’s board members obtained $4-6 million in bonuses this 12 months whereas the employees’s bonuses ranged from $5,000 to $20,000.

Gross sales of Cyberpunk 2077 have slowed over the previous couple of months, primarily as a result of recreation’s elimination from the PlayStation Retailer and its knock-on impact on gross sales on different platforms. The corporate then supplied a refund program after many gamers complained of a “poor expertise”, which resulted in an apology from CDPR co-founder Marcin Iwinski. Different retailers and platform holders additionally supplied their very own refunds. Attorneys and buyers have even submitted lawsuits, though CDPR confirmed they might take “vigorous motion” to defend themselves towards these claims.

The developer has additionally suffered from a ransomware assault the place the hackers threatened to disclose confidential paperwork. In the course of the assault, the supply code was stolen for The Witcher 3 and Cyberpunk 2077. CDPR had to make use of DMCA strikes to cease the code from spreading the world over.

[Supply: Bloomberg]

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