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CD Projekt RED Blacklists GMG from Receiving Witcher 3: Wild Hunt Keys

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  • CD Projekt RED Blacklists GMG from Receiving Witcher 3: Wild Hunt Keys

    Here's the setup for this news story:
    A few days ago, Green Man Gaming started to advertise a new promotion for The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt. The deal was 35% off of a Witcher 3 pre-order and made it the cheapest (AFAIK) deal in town for the upcoming CD Projekt RED title.

    The problem here is that GMG was never actually given any keys for the Witcher 3, at least not from CD Projekt RED. So either GMG was selling a product they didn't have yet in hopes of striking a deal with CD Projekt RED or they were pre-emptively selling keys that came from unknown sources.

    Now, CD Projekt RED has asked their fans not to buy from GMG at this time.
    Rafal Jaki - Business Development Manager at CD Projekt RED
    "I would kindly ask our fans no to buy via GMG at this time. We had not sold them Keys and dont know the origin of them."

    Green Man Gaming issued their own statements about this current situation.
    Paul Sulyok - Green Man Gaming CEO
    "Following a six-month dialogue with [CD Projekt RED] about the launch of The Witcher 3, we were disappointed that despite the offer of significant cash advances, and other opportunities to officially work together, (we even offered to fly to Poland to discuss in detail how we could and wanted to support this launch), CDPR chose not to engage with a number of significant, reputable, and successful retailers, including ourselves, as they instead focused on supporting their own platform GOG. " Sulyok said.

    "We, like millions of customers, are huge fans of The Witcher series, and have been eager for the launch of this amazing title. We believe that CDPR’s desire to support their own platform by working with retail outlets that would not conflict with their own is greater than that of meeting the demands of their audience, therefore we made the decision to indirectly secure the product and deliver it to our customers."

    Sulyok then went on to say that yes, GMG had indeed obtained keys from third parties and other retailers. He says that these retailers were approved by CD Projekt RED and that as a result of this, CD Projekt RED is actually earning revenue from the sales of these games as the additional discount is absorbed by GMG.

    CD Projekt RED said that they actually receive "zero" revenues from those types of sales.
    "We would heartily welcome a renewed dialogue with CDPR, and are keen to continue to not only support the launch of The Witcher 3, but to keep celebrating and bringing the whole catalogue of CDPR titles to a worldwide audience, as we have done since 2011," Sulyok said.

    As it stands right now, your safest bets for pre-ordering The Witcher 3 on PC are GOG, Steam, Origin, or any of the other retailers listed at the pre-order page on the official Witcher 3 website.