The Director of The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt has resigned, reportedly amid accusations of bullying colleagues; despite an investigation proving him innocent.
Bloomberg reports that in an email to staff obtained by them, CD Projekt had concluded a months-long investigation into Konrad Tomaszkiewicz. Tomaszkiewicz himself wrote that while a commission had found him not guilty, “Nonetheless, a lot of people are feeling fear, stress or discomfort when working with me.” Tomaszkiewicz apologized to staff “for all the bad blood I have caused.”
Tomaszkiewicz further stated in the email the decision was agreed by CD Projekt’s board. “I am going to continue working on myself. Changing behavior is a long and arduous process, but I’m not giving up, and I hope to change.”
He was also reportedly expected to (in Bloomberg’s words) “play a significant role” in the next Witcher game. Tomaszkiewicz confirmed his departure to Bloomberg, stating he was “sad, a bit disappointed and resigned.” A representative for CD Projekt reportedly declined to comment.
Tomaszkiewicz was also the second director and head of production for Cyberpunk 2077; which had also been subject to damning reports from Bloomberg.
Cyberpunk 2077’s director Adam Badowski had previously denied claims made in a Bloomberg reports [1, 2] that cited anonymous employees. These included development troubles, staff speaking their native-languages among English-speaking co-workers, and excessive overtime and crunch six day work weeks. The most damning of these claims was that the E3 2018 demo was “almost entirely fake.”
During a conference call with investors, CD Projekt Red’s SVP of business development Michał Nowakowski addressed Bloomberg’s claims that staff would still receive bonuses despite the game’s review scores. “We’re not really making any comments to what somebody else has stated about what’s going on in the studio outside.” This comment can also been seen as addressing both prior reports by Bloomberg.