Witcher creator Andrzej Sapkowski became unhappy with his deal with CD Projekt Red when The Witcher games got as successful as they did, now they negotiated a new one.
The Witcher was always a big deal in Poland, but it was mostly unknown in the West before CD Projekt Red released the first game of RPG trilogy.
Sapkowski asked for an up-front sum instead of a percentage because he belived video games are stupid. He realized his mistake and in 2018 demanded $15.6 million from CD Projekt Red, which they obviously said no to. They did say they will try to reach a different agreement in an effort to keep good relations with the creator.
It would seem a solution has been reached since CD Projekt Red has posted an announcement saying they have signed an agreement with Sapkowski.
"We’ve always admired Mr. Andrzej Sapkowski’s works—a great inspiration for the team here at CD Projekt Red," CD Projekt Red president and joint CEO Adam Kiciński said in a statement. "I believe today marks a new stage in our continued relationship."
The actual details are unknown, but it’s safe to say that money was the solution. CD Projekt Red said that deal "satisfies and fully clarifies the needs and expectations of both parties, past and present, and sets out a framework for the future cooperation between the two sides," which has to be encouraging for fans eager for more Witcher games. It also "grants CD Projekt new rights" with regard to the property, and confirms its right to use the The Witcher in "videogames, graphic novels, board games, and merchandise."