Green Man Gaming and GOG.com are currently having a bit of a tiff over keys for The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt
Earlier today it was discovered that reputable storefront Green Man Gaming are offering a pretty fantastic deal on a GOG redeemable code for The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt for $39 (£49.99 on the UK store), a pretty substantial discount on the game’s original price, and considerably cheaper than Steam’s $54 price tag (which is currently on offer for £39.99 on the UK store). It sounds like a great deal, right? Well there might be a snag as CD Projekt RED have revealed that GMG’s key’s are from an “unknown source” and recommend avoiding GMG at all costs. Uh oh.
In a statement to Gamespot, CD Projekt RED said that the codes from Green Man Gaming are from an “unknown source,” recommending on its own forums that gamers don’t buy them and purchase the game elsewhere. “I would kindly ask our fans not to buy via GMG at this time,” CD Projekt Red Business Development Manager Rafal Jaki wrote. “We had not sold them Keys and don’t know the origin of them.”
CD Projekt RED also noted that if fraudulent keys are detected they’ll have “no recourse” against CD PR and GOG, eventually closing the thread “until Green Man Gaming can provide evidence that they are an authorized reseller.”
Oddly enough, during this time both Steam and GOG listed the game at the usual $54, ten per cent less than the original asking price. Since all of this however, GOG dropped the price of the game to $40, practically the same price as the Green Man Gaming listing.
There’s a possibility Green Man Gaming were selling these keys at a loss in order to attract more customers in a market which is dominated by Steam, as well as GOG’s recently opened GOG Galaxy, though CD Projekt RED’s comments on the matter were a little concerning. Fortunately GMG’s CEO, Paul Sulyok, has released a pretty lengthy statement on the matter:
“Green Man Gaming (GMG) has an official contract with, and has been an approved retailer of CD Projekt S.A. (CDPR) products since 11th August 2011. Following a 6 month dialogue with CDPR 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.
We at GMG sincerely believe in getting games to gamers, and offering them a range of buying options to suit their preferences is critically important to this industry; we often go above corporate profits and commercial gain to make this happen. 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. To do this, we reached out to third parties and retailers that were approved by CDPR, to legitimately pass these keys onto our customers. This means that at some point, revenue has been passed directly onto CDPR, and any additional discount on the title is absorbed by us, as we want as many people enjoying The Witcher 3 as possible.
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.”
Green Man Gaming has yet to actually reveal where the keys were obtained, but added that they are only sourced from retailers approved by CD Projekt RED.
More on this as it develops.