The Witcher 3

CD Projekt RED CEO: The Witcher 3 will have no DRM, "zero, zip, nada"

Ian Birnbaum at

In many ways, CD Projekt RED is the little developer that could. After hitting it big with The Witcher, CD Projekt has continued to grow and produce games with greater and greater ambition. After six years and six million games sold in the Witcher franchise, the studio is hard at work on the Witcher 3 and the much-anticipated Cyperpunk 2077. As its gotten bigger and struck distribution deals on a larger and larger scale, though, some rumors have gotten around that the developers’ famous anti-DRM stance might be changing. According to the company CEO, those rumors are false.

“I’d like to say it loud and clear: The PC version of The Witcher 3 will have absolutely no DRM from day 0. Zero. Zip. Nada,” CEO Marcin Iwinski said in a blog post. It doesn’t matter if you choose to buy it on GOG.com and support us directly or buy the game in box format, you’ll still get the 100% DRM-free experience. And this goes for the whole world.”

Though The Witcher 3 will be sold on Steam and subject to that platform’s online-verification system, none of the DRM will be put in place by CD Projekt. “Gamers have a choice in where they buy their games,” Iwinski continued, “but where CDPR does have control—like GOG.com—there will be absolutely no DRM.”

Iwinski isn’t turning over a new leaf with this post. He’s been vocally against the idea that DRM protects developer profits and has said that he's "not seen DRM that really worked."