For some, the knowledge the The Witcher franchise is based on a book comes as a surprise. To others, not so much. But either way, the unanimous decision would that the author Andrzej Sapkowski would have a rather impressive bank balance at this point. Not true.
While we'll likely never know how much Andrzej Sapkowski made from the sale of the franchise rights, it's likely not a spot on what he could have made with the right decision.
Though an interview with Eurogamer, Sapkowski mentioned that he hasn't really been affected by the continued success of the game franchise; meaning those stellar The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt sales likely don't mean a thing to him when it comes to his own personal finances.
The reason? He didn't believe in CD Projekt Red. Once the studio came along to soak up the rights to turn the series into a video game, Sapkowski opted for an immediate pay-out rather than banking on its potential success. Instead of asking for a percentage of the profits over the course of its now legendary life, he asked for a solid number and walked out practically cash-in-hand.
Looking back on the time of sale, Sapkowski said "I was stupid enough to leave everything in their hands because I didn't believe in their success". You can read the full interview over at Eurogamer.
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