By now most of you will be aware that The Witcher author and creator is demanding royalties from developer CD Projekt Red following the success of the Witcher video game franchise. While this matter is yet to be settled but, fantasy author Brandon Sanderson is considering giving CD Projekt Red video game rights to his Mistborn series.
According to Brandon Sanderson, CD Projekt Red has created the best book-to-video game adaptation with its Witcher franchise and would love to give video game rights of his Mistborn series to the studio for free.
He noted that “overall cultural impact that a great story adaptation can have is enormous”. However, he noted that he doubts that CD Projekt Red would be interested in video game rights to his Mistborn series following the situation with the author of the Witcher books.
The author of the Witcher books, Andrzej Sapkowski, is demanding CD Projekt Red to pay 16 million in royalties. According to the studio, Andrzej Sapkowski’s demand is “groundless” as the author gave away his right to royalties while signing the contract for Witcher video game rights as he didn’t believe that video games based on the Witcher would be successful.
While CD Projekt Red is citing the claim groundless but according to section 44 of the contract law, CD Projekt Red might have to pay up $16 million to the Witcher author. According to section 44 of the contract law:
In the event of a gross discrepancy between the remuneration of the author and the benefits of the acquirer of author’s economic rights or the licensee, the author may request that the court should duly increase his remuneration.
CD Projekt Red s currently busy developing the upcoming Cyberpunk 2077 which doesn’t have a release date yet. However, the studio is very confident about the upcoming title as the studio believes that Cyberpunk 2077 will be a game changer.
One of the things about this company has always been we want to show the game industry how to do things. We want to change the game industry. We want to say, ‘We can do things differently, we don’t have to do things that way.’ It’s in our motto: ‘We are rebels,’ right?
CD Projekt Red is yet to respond to Brandon Sanderson’s offer of giving video games rights of his Mistborn series for free.