CD Projekt Red, developers of the forthcoming open-world role-playing game The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt, have warned fans against buying the game from Green Man Gaming (GMG) because they're unsure where GMG got their keys from.
In a post on the developer's forums, CD Projekt Red's Rafal Jaki said that he "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."
Paul Sulyok, the CEO of Green Man Gaming, responded with the following statement, sent to GameSpot:
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.
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.
According to Sulyok, the keys were obtained from a third-party supplier that is approved by CD Projekt Red.
"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 added.