Witcher 2: Namco Bandai Named As Distributor
The good news is that an Xbox 360 version of The Witcher 2 – Assassins of Kings will be released in Western Europe, Central or South America and the Asia-Pacific region next year. This is thanks to the fact that a court based in Lyon, France has ruled that Namco Bandai can distribute the title in those mentioned territories. This ruling follows a dispute between Namco Bandai and CD Projekt parent company Optimus SA. The latter had offered the game to THQ before.
Namco Bandai manages to win the round by getting the right to a new distribution contract. It is also entitled to 15,000 euros a day if Optimus SA does not sign on the contract within 15 days of the ruling. During the beginning of the dispute, some may remember that Optimus president said that he expects a settlement or a legal victory. He was also quoted saying that “the loser will pay for our lawyers.” Well, too bad for Optimus SA. The company will be paying for its own lawyers and may end up paying Namco Bandai if it does not sign over the dotted line.
THQ also loses out on the deal. Its preliminary agreement was turned to dust as a result of the ruling. You could call it collateral dmage. However, CD Projekt RED board member Marcin Iwinski said that THQ did not suffer any cost. He also said that the companies may even “part in harmony.”
The court did not offer an opinion on Namco Bandai’s allegation that CD Projekt violated an agreement by disabling DRM Witcher 2 for PC.