Namco Bandai has filed a lawsuit against Polish The Witcher developer CD Projekt Red over its deal with THQ to publish the Xbox 360 version of The Witcher 2. The Japanese company is the publisher of the PC version.
Apparently, according to the lawsuit, Namco feels CD Projekt Red is in breach of their agreement by choosing THQ to publish the 360 version, and that the developer has removed the DRM protection without Namco’s consent.
Namco has withheld payments from the game’s retail sales from CD Projekt Red, and intends to continue to do so until the matter is settled.
CEO of CD Projekt Red Adam Kicinski has issued a statement (translated from Polish): “As with most cases, we first tried to end the dispute peacefully. Attempts failed and because of this, we hoped that our partner would send the case to the court. The agreement that we signed last year concerned only the distribution of The Witcher 2 for the PC. The records were carefully clarified to avoid any ambiguity.
“Namco Bandai have had options when choosing the priority of our distributor’s version of the Xbox 360. It could have taken advantage of certain preferences, but have not. In this situation, we chose the offer that THQ made us.
“Our financial situation is very good at the moment and the lack of a few million does not have any impact on current activities. Withholding of payments means only that after some time, our partner will have to give us the money.
“I hope that the whole thing will end with a pre-litigation settlement. If it doesn’t, I am sure that we will win the case and then the loser will pay for our lawyers.”
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