CD Projekt RED

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CD Projekt S.A.
Type Spółka Akcyjna
Traded as WSECDR
Industry Video games
Interactive entertainment
Predecessor(s) CD Projekt RED S.A.
CD Projekt RED Sp. z o.o.
CDP Investment Sp. z o.o.
Optimus S.A.[1]
Founded Warsaw, Poland
(February 2002 (2002-02))
Founder(s) Marcin Iwiński
Michał Kiciński
Headquarters Warsaw, Poland
Area served Worldwide
Key people Marcin Iwiński
Michał Kiciński
Adam Kiciński (CEO)
Products The Witcher
The Witcher 2
The Witcher 3
Cyberpunk 2077
They
GOG.com
Employees 112[2]
Subsidiaries cdp.pl Sp. z o.o.
GOG Ltd
Porting House Sp. z o.o.
Website www.cdprojektred.com

CD Projekt S.A. (Polish pronunciation: [ʦ̑ɛ‿ˈdɛ ˈprɔjɛkt]), formerly known as CD Projekt RED, is a Polish video game publisher and developer. The company was founded in February 2002 (2002-02) as a development studio of CD Projekt Sp. z o.o.. The first game the unit produced was The Witcher, based on Andrzej Sapkowski's books.

History[edit]

After the international success of The Witcher, CD Projekt changed its focus to game development. In February 2008, CD Projekt RED's parent company CD Projekt Sp. z o.o. acquired Metropolis Software development studio, which was subsequently merged with CD Projekt RED.[3] Shortly thereafter, also in 2008, CD Projekt group companies became part of a newly created holding company, CDP Investment Sp. z o.o. Following this, in what is known as reverse takeover, CDP Investment merged with Optimus S.A., a public company listed on the Warsaw Stock Exchange. In October 2011 (2011-10), CD Projekt RED Sp. z o.o. merged with CD Projekt RED S.A. and became the dominant part of the group. The publishing side of the business (CD Projekt) was re-branded to CDP.pl, an online game and film distributor in Poland, which enabled the holding company to return to its historic name. In November 2012 (2012-11), CD Projekt RED changed its name back to CD Projekt.[1]

Advocacy[edit]

CD Projekt is openly against the inclusion of DRM technology in video games and software. The company believes that DRM is not an effective measure of stopping software piracy. It has based these beliefs on the data received from the sale of The Witcher 2. CD Projekt found that their initial release, which included DRM technology, had been pirated over 4.5 million times, while the DRM-free re-release saw far fewer pirate activity.[4] Based on these beliefs, CD Projekt has revealed that the next installment in the series, The Witcher 3, will be released without DRM right from the beginning.[5] Another renowned trait of CD Projekt's policies within the gaming industry is the use of free patches and updates to enhance their products post-release, as opposed to the paid DLC model used by many other developers and publishers.

Games developed[edit]

Year Title Platform(s)
Mac PS4 Win X360 XBO
2007 The Witcher Yes No Yes No No
2011 The Witcher 2: Assassins of Kings Yes No Yes Yes No
2015 The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt No Yes Yes No Yes
2016 Cyberpunk 2077 No ? Yes No ?
TBD They No ? Yes No ?

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Nasza Historia (in Polish)". CD Projekt RED S.A. Retrieved 2012-04-07. 
  2. ^ "Financial Report". CD Projekt RED S.A. Retrieved 2012-04-28. 
  3. ^ Kalista, Randy (February 18, 2008). "Metropolis Software and CD Projekt form super Central European development house". GamingNexus.com. Retrieved March 31, 2009. 
  4. ^ Griffiths, Daniel Nye (November 18, 2012). "'The Truth Is, It Doesn't Work' - CD Projekt On DRM". Forbes.com. Retrieved November 28, 2013. 
  5. ^ Iwinski, Marcin (October 30, 2013). "No DRM in The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt - an open letter to the community". CD Projekt RED. Retrieved November 28, 2013. 

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