The Metro and Witcher franchises as games are living proof of how successful the adaptation of a book to a game can really be. These two authors both got to see their written stories be converted, molded and master-crafted (shout-out to Witcher fans) into visual masterpieces. That being said however, both authors weren’t exactly pleased with their video game counterparts. Such was the case with Witcher author Andrzej Sapkowski.
He is currently trying to sue CD Projekt Red, developers of the Witcher game series. This is for royalties and compensation regarding the success their games had off the backbone of his creation. Author of Metro, Dmitry Glukhovsky however, was much happier with how his cooperation with the developers of Metro turned out. And in a recent interview, Dmitry went in on Andrzej
To give more context to this story lets briefly recap on the lawsuit itself. Polish author Andrzej Sapkowski is taking legal action against CD Projekt Red, developers of the Witcher game series. He expects over 16 million dollars in royalties for the use of what was originally his creation. This is despite his own choice to sell the Witcher copyright to CD for a quick buck instead of agreeing to a percentage of their profits. This was because Andrezej didn’t believe the games would succeed and now that they have, he wants compensation. Even stating in an interview that:
“They offered me a percentage of their profits. I said, ‘No, there will be no profit at all — give me all my money right now! The whole amount.’ It was stupid. I was stupid enough to leave everything in their hands because I didn’t believe in their success. But who could foresee their success? I couldn’t.”
Metro author, Dmitry Glukhovsky joined the worldwide debate in a recent interview with DTF. He had some strong words for the Polish author which you can find in the interview. Some of the golden nuggets included “An old fool” who “f***** up” and probably only went for the lawsuit because his “wife wouldn’t stop nagging him”. Damn! Those are some fighting words. The Russian author also expressed sympathy however, saying “The guy was an old man who missed his opportunity, what can you do?” Well. You certainly shouldn’t ask for 16 million from the studio that made your creation very famous around the world.
Whether you agree with Andrzej or Dmitry, the Polish author himself has admitted that what he did by selling the game’s licensing rather than agreeing to the profit share was stupid. And while yes, he should be compensated for his creation. Simply taking legal action against a studio that isn’t liable to you anymore definitely isn’t the right step to take.