CD Projekt Red has warned Witcher fans to not buy CD-keys from Green Man Gaming, as it claims they are unauthorized.
Earlier, we spotted a deal for CD Projekt Red’s The Witcher 3 on PC digital distribution storefront Green Man Gaming that seemed too good to be true. Well, you know what they say about things that seem too good to be true? CD Projekt Red business development manager Rafał Jaki has openly condemned Green Man Gaming’s sale, stating that the Witcher 3 keys it is selling are unauthorized, and imploring all fans to steer clear of the website.
“I would kindly ask our fans no to buy via GMG at this time. We had not sold them Keys and don’t know the origin of them,” he said on the company’s official forums. Furthermore, a CD Projekt Red representative has told Gamespot that none of the revenue from Green Man Gaming’s current Witcher 3 promotion will go to GOG.com or CD Projekt Red.
On the other side of the wall, an official statement from Green Man Gaming insists that its Witcher 3 codes are legitimate, and the source of the keys are legitimate third-party retailers.
“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.” explained Green Man Gaming CEO Paul Sulyok.
He stated that all of GMG’s keys were purchased from CD Projekt Red approved retailers, meaning that the company received its revenues from them, and that GMG itself is absorbing the additional discount.
“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.
At the moment, it’s a very “he-said, she-said” kind of situation, and until we have undeniable proof that the keys are legitimate, it may be best to err on the side of caution and purchase The Witcher 3 from a legitimate retailer such as Steam or Good old Games.