So, The Witcher 2 was pirated 4.5 million times…

… and each time, a kitten died.

No, not really. But in all seriousness, this is the most depressing bit of news from the industry all year. Not least knowing the game sold about a million copies – that’s a GOOD amount of sales, mind. But still. Sad panda is sad.

The reason for this depressing feeling is simply that CD Projekt have absolutely the right attitude to the idea of DRM. One of their many quotes on the subject was; “We of course experimented with all available DRM/copy protection, but frankly nothing worked. Whatever we used was cracked within a day or two, massively copied and immediately available on the streets for a fraction of our price.”

So, The Witcher 2 came with a no-DRM version. And it did surprisingly well. However, as is human nature, some people have been bad bad people and pirated what is easily one of the best games of the year. 4.5 million of you, to give a conservative estimate. That’s a LOT of pirated versions.

But the bright side is that Marcin Iwinski still insists that DRM does not work, arguing that “however you would protect it, it will be cracked in no time.”

This is a sad truth. But for those of us that bought and enjoyed this fine game, I salute you, CD Projekt, for daring to be brave and speak the truth. And the millions who pirated such a lovely, brilliant game… well. They should be ashamed. If/when the internet gets cracked down on, and they end up being tracked and punished for their illegal actions, they will only have themselves to blame for the whole damn thing…

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