Witcher Dev Frightens Publishers with DRM-free GOG

CD Projekt CEO Michal Kicinski recently said that his company is having trouble convincing publishers to join its Good Old Games digital distribution service due to the platform's lack of DRM.

"We're trying to convince [publishers] there is nothing to be afraid of," said Kicinski in a GamesIndustry interview. "DRM-free, that is something they are really scared of, but on the other hand we can say 'all of those games are available pirated widely so it's better to sell them for small money than make the customer's life difficult and get some more revenues.'"

Developer CD Projekt, best known for the PC RPG The Witcher, recently launched the public beta of Good Old Games. The service offers cheap, Vista-friendly versions of classic PC titles such as Fallout and Freespace, all distributed via digital download.

Games included on the service must be stripped of any copy protection, the GOG website proclaiming "we hate draconian DRM schemes just as much as you do."

"I had Steam but I had the problem that my internet provider could not work with it so I couldn't use the games I bought," added Kacinski. "I think that if somebody is paying for the game then they deserve own it, not with a certain list of conditions and sometimes the list of conditions can be long."

Kacinski believes that the benefits of DRM are not worth the hassle, as evidenced in the music industry: "It's the same with buying music online with DRM. Amazon has decided not to provide it with DRM, iTunes is doing this iTunes plus."

"DRM makes customer's lives too complicated, and this is usually because of some corporate ideas, policies and trying to be smart, too smart, in how to get customers and how to keep them and no let them go somewhere else. We are believers in the free market and bringing freedom to customers."