The Witcher 2 developers CD Projekt recently enraged the internet (always unwise) by condemning DRM and then quietly pursuing lawsuits against German people believed to have pirated the game based on historically unreliable IP tracking. Now they've backed down from that stance, and will no longer be sending out those legal threats.
“Being part of a community is a give-and-take process,” studio co-founder Marcin Iwinski said in an open letter to Rock, Paper, Shotgun. “We only succeed because you have faith in us, and we have worked hard over the years to build up that trust. We were sorry to see that many gamers felt that our actions didn't respect the faith that they have put into CD Projekt RED.
"We don't support piracy,” continued Iwinski. “It hurts us, the developers. It hurts the industry as a whole. Though we are staunch opponents of DRM because we don't believe it has any effect on reducing piracy, we still do not condone copying games illegally. We're doing our part to keep our relationship with you, our gaming audience, a positive one. We've heard your concerns, listened to your voices, and we're responding to them.”
We get that they're just trying to protect their hard work, and there's no easy solution to this problem. Good on them for not continuing to do the wrong thing, though. Do you think it's worth potentially suing innocent people to get at game pirates? What else can PC developers do to combat piracy? Let us know your thoughts in the comments or on Twitter.