Not even the argument that the license was only for the first game stands, he only first talked about it almost two years after the Witcher 3 came out (the first interview last year linked in the source article); by then the Witcher 2 had already amassed some success and came out even more years before. Of course, the success was not to the extent of the third one, but that's telling of when he or money hungry lawyers counselled him to do this, but I don't think that it has any merit and to be frank, nor do I think that they think that; their wording carefully avoids any mention of courts or anything even implying it in case there is no successful resolution, they know that they don't have anything to stand on other than going public and hoping that the audience sides somewhat with him, now that he's getting the Netflix contract, and thus has even more mainstream audience.
As others said, you can't just walk back on your word more than ten years after the fact, even more so as you publicly admitted that they even offered you a percentage of the profits and you declined because you didn't believe that there would be any. It doesn't get any clearer than this. And it's not even a matter of having made the wrong decision then, it seemed like the right decision at the time, because in order for the game to be successful the game devs have to start from scratch in many ways and success is pretty much unknown at the time, even less so predicting that a sequel and then a third game would be even better and supplant the success of the books themselves.
All in all, the success of the Witcher series of games is in great part due to CD Projekt Red's efforts, and it didn't even pay off immediately on a worldwide scale, the first game flew under the radar for most people, it was only more than three and a half years later with the sequel that it gained worldwide traction and then even more with the third. The Witcher books didn't have anywhere near the worldwide audience that the second and third games have, so who actually benefited more from this deal?
Last edited by tpi2007; 10-02-2018 at 10:22 AM.