Namco Sues Over European Distribution, DRM Removal from Witcher 2

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Namco Bandai is suing the parent company of the maker of The Witcher 2: Assassins of Kings, the acclaimed PC role-playing game that will make its way to Xbox 360 later this year, over the rights to distribute that version of the game in Europe.

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Namco is also suing CD Projekt RED for removing DRM from the PC version without permission.

That's according to this report from Giant Bomb, who says Namco was surprised to learn that THQ had the distribution rights for the 360 Witcher 2 in Europe. Namco assumed its agreement with CD Projekt RED and parent company Optimus SA to publish the PC game there carried over to other versions.

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The complaint involves European distribution only. As a consequence of the lawsuit, Namco Bandai is withholding roughly $1.75 million US in payments due CD Projekt.

Illustration for article titled Namco Sues Over European Distribution, DRM Removal from emWitcher 2/em

Namco Bandai Files Suit Against The Witcher 2 Developer CD Projekt Red [Giant Bomb]

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To all those on the "fuck Namco" bandwagon - grow up and stop looking at this like a child.

Sure, DRM-free software is nice and easy to use, but ANY publisher needs to implement it with any big PC release these days, unless they want their game downloaded for free by millions.

If YOU were Namco Bandai, wouldn't YOU want your expensive investment protected? Of course you would! They're a business, not a charity.

And no, DRM is not insurmountable, but it's a preventative measure, and just about all you can do these days to protect that investment.