The director of Witcher 3, the most successful video game for the Polish publisher CD Projekt SA resigned after facing allegations of harassment in the workplace, which he denied.
The company has been conducting a month-long investigation into allegations of mobbing, a Polish term for office harassment, against game director Konrad Tomaszkiewicz, according to an email to CD Projekt staff reviewed by Bloomberg. In the statement, Tomashkevich wrote that a commission had been set up to consider these allegations and had found him not guilty.
“Nevertheless, many people experience fear, stress or discomfort when working with me,”
Tomaszkiewicz’s work on Witcher 3 inspired the creation of the popular Netflix series, both based on novels by Polish author Andrzej Sapkowski, and helped turn CD Projekt into the country’s most valuable company. Tomaszkiewicz is also named as the second director and head of production in loans for Cyberpunk 2077.
His departure is a sign of greater turbulence in CD Projekt, which has been embroiled in controversy since the release of Cyberpunk in December. The long-awaited role-playing game was full of problems and was almost impossible to play on some platforms, leading Sony Group Corp. to download it from the PlayStation Store. The negative reception destroyed the gains from the shares of CD Projekt for 2020 and brought them to a two-year low.
Tomaszkiewicz was expected to play an important role in the company’s next game in the Witcher series. When visited for comment, Tomaszkiewicz confirmed his departure, saying he was “sad, a little disappointed and resigned”. A CD Projket spokesman declined to comment.
In an email to employees, Tomaszkiewicz said the decision was agreed with the company’s board. “I will continue to work on myself,” he wrote. “Changing behavior is a long and difficult process, but I do not give up hope to change. “