Originally Posted by deepor
The way you explain what happened, it sounds like his books weren't really super popular before the CDPR games took off? Maybe the game series being successful was then good for him? He was perhaps able to sell a good amount more books than what he would have managed to do by himself. CDPR's work was then great marketing for him. Maybe CDPR should turn it around and ask him for money instead.
Books were super-popular within Poland in the 90's. In other parts of Europe it was sort of known but not exactly popular later in the 2000's thanks to fan translations.
He did indeed benefit A LOT from the games already. Books got known worldwide.
On a stretch I think it's safe to say that he even got this Netflix show thanks to the Witcher games.
Originally Posted by ZealotKi11er
Was he even part of the game development like Mike Pondsmith is for CP2077? He is an old-school author which does not believe in games. He should get not money for a media he cant comprehend.
He was not part of the development at all. He thought they'll simply fail, asked for 7000£ and went on his way. He's never played the games and publically said that he never will. Honestly in all his interviews it seems pretty clear that he hates video games and do feel salty towards cdpr.
Now heres few important things to think about
• His "request" feels more like a threat.
• His books benefitted from the games, safe to say he even got the netflix series thanks to the games. CDPR benefitted from his IP, he benefitted from CDPR's games.
• He says the contract was only for the first game - BS, if that were so he should've said something years ago when Witcher 2 came out. This is probably just his lawyers trying to find a loophole in the contract depending on what exactly was stated. If contract was in Polish then singular and plural is different to distinguish unless specifically stated.
• Law should exist to protect the rights of it's citizens, not to fix their bad business decisions. Author is simply trying to get a piece of that pie he missed due to his bad business decision.
Honestly, CDPR should not give this man anything.