CD Projekt Red: Publishers Use DRM to ‘Cover Their Own Asses’

In an interview with GiantBomb CD Projekt Red CEO Marcin Iwinski says that most companies use digital rights management software as a smokescreen to cover their asses. Iwinski and his company, who are best known for The Witcher series of action RPGs, is a staunch opponent of DRM.

"It seems to me that the industry as a whole knows DRM doesn't work, but corporations still use it as a smokescreen, effectively covering their asses, pretending to protect their intellectual property in front of bosses, investors, and shareholders," Iwinski said.

"I've actually had quite a few discussions with high level executives who admit they know DRM doesn't work, but if they don't use it somebody might accuse them of not protecting their property. Whenever policy trumps common sense, the best interest of gamers is lost in the process," he added.

The PC version of the latest title in the series, The Witcher 3: Wild hunt will not contain any DRM – a point the company recently reiterated after rumblings online suggested otherwise. Iwinski thinks that the game will not be pirated anymore without DRM because DRM doesn't really provide protection against piracy but does get in between consumers and the games they are trying to play.

"Will it be more pirated than if we put DRM on it? I definitely don't think so. Practically every single game's DRM is cracked on day 0 (or even before then), so that's not really an argument for using it," he said. "With a DRM-free release, we're hoping to build more trust between us and gamers."

The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt will be released on Xbox 360, PlayStation 4, and PC in 2014. You can check out the full GiantBomb interview here.

Source: GameSpot

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