In an interview with PC Gamer, CD Projekt CEO and co-founder Marcin Iwinski stated he expects that for every copy of The Witcher 2, the game was pirated around 4.5 times. CD Projekt has been one of the most outspoken opponents of DRM, and the studio releases all its titles without any form of copy protection. Still, Iwinksi states that from the very moment of founding the Polish developer/publisher, its main competitors on the market have been pirates.
In the interview, Iwinksi provides a rough estimate that suggests there may be at least 4.5 to 5 million illegal copies of The Witcher 2, against ‘only’ a million copies sold through legal means. However, he thinks this “would not be a bad ratio,” though “the reality is probably way worse.” Iwinksi further adds that he believes DRM should be considered part of the gaming experience, which may reflect poorly on a product if it hampers the playability. For that reason, he considers the use of such systems “still has a way to go.”