CD Projekt‘s year continues to deteriorate with the latest set of allegations to emerge from the studio. According to Bloomberg, Konrad Tomaszkiewicz, the director of The Witcher 3, has left the company following allegations of workplace bullying.
A CD Projekt staff e-mail has revealed Tomaszkiewicz was accused of mobbing, which is a term for office bullying. He has stated that a commission has since found him not guilty of the allegations. However, he decided to leave the company because “nonetheless, a lot of people are feeling fear, stress or discomfort when working with me”. He has since apologised to the staff at CD Projekt “for all the bad blood I have caused” and has promised to “continue working” on himself: “Changing behavior is a long and arduous process, but I’m not giving up, and I hope to vary”.
The Witcher 3 has been extremely profitable, selling 30 million copies. On the opposite hand, regardless of promoting almost 14 million copies, Cyberpunk 2077 dragged CD Projekt’s status down. The improvement of the latter sport was additionally marred by allegations of development woes and employee departures. The sport’s poor important reception then brought about a backlash against management from the event employees, particularly after they seemingly blamed the game’s QA team for a lot of of its points. The divide grew even additional when CD Projekt RED’s board members obtained $4-6 million in bonuses this yr whereas the employees’s bonuses ranged from $5,000 to $20,000.
Sales of Cyberpunk 2077 have slowed over the previous couple of months, primarily as a result of sport’s removal from the PlayStation Store and its knock-on effect on gross sales on different platforms. The firm then provided a refund program after many gamers complained of a “poor experience”, which resulted in an apology from CDPR co-founder Marcin Iwinski. Other retailers and platform holders additionally provided their very own refunds. Lawyers and investors have even submitted lawsuits, though CDPR confirmed they might take “vigorous action” to defend themselves in opposition to these claims.
The developer has additionally suffered from a ransomware attack the place the hackers threatened to disclose confidential paperwork. During the assault, the source code was stolen for The Witcher 3 and Cyberpunk 2077. CDPR needed to use DMCA strikes to cease the code from spreading internationally.