Witcher Game Developer Quits Company Over Bullying Claims
Thursday May 6, 2021. 02:02 AM , from Slashdot
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Bloomberg: The director of Witcher 3, the most successful video game by Polish publisher CD Projekt SA, resigned after he was accused of bullying colleagues, sending its shares to their steepest decline since March. CD Projekt conducted a months-long investigation into the allegations against Konrad Tomaszkiewicz, according to an email to staff reviewed by Bloomberg. In the message, Tomaszkiewicz wrote that a commission had investigated the allegations and found him not guilty. 'Nonetheless, a lot of people are feeling fear, stress or discomfort when working with me,' he wrote. He apologized to staff 'for all the bad blood I have caused.'
Tomaszkiewicz's work on Witcher 3 inspired the creation of a popular Netflix series, both based on novels by the author Andrzej Sapkowski, and at one point turned CD Projekt into Poland's most valuable company. Tomaszkiewicz was expected to play a significant role in the company's next game in the Witcher series. When reached for comment, Tomaszkiewicz confirmed his departure and said he was 'sad, a bit disappointed and resigned.' A representative for CD Projekt declined to comment. In the email to employees, Tomaszkiewicz said the decision was agreed upon with the company's board. 'I am going to continue working on myself,' he wrote. 'Changing behavior is a long and arduous process, but I'm not giving up, and I hope to change.'
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