Witcher 3 Director Leaves CD Projekt Following Workplace Bullying Claims | IGN

Konrad Tomaszkiewicz, the director of The Witcher 3, has resigned from CD Projekt following workplace bullying allegations, which he denies.

As reported by Bloomberg, CD Projekt had been conducting a “months-long investigation in to accusations of mobbing, a Polish term for office bullying,” against Tomaszkiewicz. The commission that was formed to investigate these allegations found him not guilty, but Tomaszkiewicz decided to still leave the company as there was clear discomfort between him and other members of the studio.

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“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.”

“I am going to continue working on myself,” he continued. “Changing behavior is a long and arduous process, but I’m not giving up, and I hope to change.”

According to his LinkedIn profile, he joined CD Projekt as a junior tester in February 2004 to work on The Witcher, and has worked on all three Witcher games and was the Design Director, VP of Game Development, Secondary Game Director, and Head of Production on Cyberpunk 2077.

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Bloomberg notes that Tomaszkiewicz was set to play a big role in CD Projekt’s next Witcher game. When Bloomberg reached out to him for a comment, he said he was “sad, a bit disappointed and resigned.”

This is another entry in the the fallout following Cyberpunk 2077’s troublesome launch, including the poor performance issues on last-gen consoles and a targeted cyberattack. These troubles led to Cyberpunk 2077 being removed from the PlayStation Store on December 17, 2020. It has yet to return.

Despite all that, and the roughly 30,000 refunds issued for Cyberpunk 2077, CD Projekt’s CEOs and other board members are still set to receive big, multi-million dollar bonuses.

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