CD Projekt Red could face a class action lawsuit over Cyberpunk 2077

Written by Stuart Thomas on Mon, Dec 21, 2020 12:00 PM
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If you thought things couldn’t get any worse for CD Projekt Red, it looks like the studio may be facing multiple class action lawsuits over Cyberpunk 2077 due to “misrepresentation in order to obtain financial benefits”, which would see investors suing the company after share prices dropped significantly following the official launch.

The lawsuits also mention the recent decision by Sony to delist the game from their digital PlayStation store after performance on last-gen consoles was less than ideal.

Mikołaj Orzechowski, an attorney in Warsaw, Poland, and an apparent investor of CDPR, wrote a statement recently for a “Class action / notification of a possible crime” against CD Projekt Red. 

The statement (as translated by Google) reads: “we are currently analyzing, together with the law firm's team, the grounds for bringing a class action together with the notification of the possibility of committing a crime under Art. 286 of the Penal Code. - misrepresentation in order to obtain financial benefits.

Essentially what that means is that CD Projekt Red is accused of selling a product that they intentionally misrepresented before launch in order to make more money. It’s a tale as old as time itself, and could see many investors suing CDPR over a loss in investment.

But that’s not the only lawsuit attached to the situation, as a New York law firm is also “investigating a potential securities class action lawsuit against CD Projekt SA”, specifically calling for investors who have incurred losses to step forward and contact them.

What do you think? Are the lawsuits justified? How will this affect CD Projekt Red in the long run? Let us know!

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00:56 Dec-23-2020

Good this is a joke. I'm not surprised considering the last gen console debacle. They don't just get say sorry for lying about it and all is good. Even the actual game itself, it's ok, but not to the standards that people are accustomed from them, and, I assume, not what they promised investors it would be. Tired of "AAA" games being big open worlds of junk item clutter, and things to shoot with such little depth. This game is better than others sure, but not of the quality one has come to expect from the makers of the Witcher 2 and 3.

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18:14 Dec-22-2020

C'mon! You gotta be ****ting me!! These idiots are just pissed and wanna sue CDP to vent their rage, and earn some profit while at it! Can't we do something fight this?

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10:07 Dec-22-2020

In a world where Fallout 76 and Anthem exist and are allowed to exist, it is only fitting that a game like CP2077 earns the ire of the people and the honest pro-consumer developer CDPR is being run into the ground.

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05:46 Dec-22-2020

you either die a hero, or live long enough to be villain. sad story for CDPR, really unexpected to be like this for them

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23:15 Dec-21-2020

"Essentially what that means is that CD Projekt Red is accused of selling a product that they intentionally misrepresented before launch in order to make more money."


This sounds more like grounds for a lawsuit by customers. Investors would probably be happy if they lied to "make more money"! The lawsuit by investors would be completely different.

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23:26 Dec-21-2020

It's the other way around - the hype levels were disproportionate to the product, then the product is a pile of garbage - the stock prices crash, losing investors money. Because they now lost money - they want to sue.


(though I don't see why lost money is grounds for a lawsuit when the whole investment thing is a gamble to begin with. You can't ever guarantee an investment's safety... Lying to customers, though? Yeah, I can see a lawsuit there...)

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23:47 Dec-21-2020

Only two realistic routes for investors suing really. First is the common but not mentioned in the article: lying to solicit money from investors. Second I guess would be losses from mismanagement. This would have to be real losses (ie significant fines/refunds), not just a drop in stock price.

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22:37 Dec-21-2020

Good, with all shenanigans, they deserve it. From hiding how bad game is by banning ingame captured footage, then saying how to get refund on PS4 knowing fully well that you are not entitled to refund based on Sonys policies if you play the game, so Sony had to say enough and do refunds from their pocket. And all lies and misleading.... They deserve lawsuit.

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17:46 Dec-21-2020

I don't understand this outrage. The game is still good, but I think everyone expected more, because of the hype they created.

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22:39 Dec-21-2020

Well, its not about game not being fun. It is about lies, misleading, like stating how it runs surprisingly well on PS4 and then hiding truth by not sending PS4 early review copies and banning reviewer captured gameplay footage to hide how buggy the thing is. And list goes on, by now I could write whole article about what CDPR did badly and anti-consumer.

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17:12 Dec-21-2020

Regardless of what happens to CDPR themselves, If I was an indie game developer, the growing threat of legal action would probably put me off bothering to make games in the future. The stakes are just too high now.

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16:06 Dec-21-2020

Going too far now, heads made mistakes at the last few weeks but that shouldn't mean the entire company should face legal proceedings. The game is as advertised, if not better. If CDPR can get sued because the game is buggy then wtf didn't bethesda get the same treatment? Or No Mans Sky?

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16:24 Dec-21-2020

"game is as advertised, if not better" what do you mean?
didnt they sayed that game is about to be revolutionary, the city will be alive, npcs will have day and night routine and so on

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15:28 Dec-22-2020

And it has all of that? How is any of that sue-able if it didn't have them? Tho Saying a game is gonna be revolutionary is such a standard word for game companies, they say it all the damn time.

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18:31 Dec-21-2020

It's not a mistake to purposely deceive both your customers and investors. This isn't about "as advertised", they were told the game ran surprisingly well on base consoles as well as the game, while being buggy, was in a much more polished state than what we have and then kept any footage under NDA.

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15:25 Dec-22-2020

One person said that yes, and they were stupid for doing so. Still unfair to sue the entire company for one person's claim who isn't well known. Its not fair for one offhanded claim to be taken for the entire companies opinions, other companies have done MUCH worse than this but they never got sued so why does something minor in comparison get it :/


As for the footage it was a bad move to do so, but they did NOT restrict reviewers from saying how buggy the game was.

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15:43 Dec-22-2020

Offhanded claim? It was at an investor meeting, the head of the company said that. They also dismissed a lot of the bugs, stating that most had been fixed/would be fixed with the launch version of the game, which again was said in an investor meeting.

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15:40 Dec-23-2020

Yes which is an offhanded claim because it wasn't directed to the public, it was said to investors and was such a brief statement they didn't even think about their answer. And really they were not wrong when they said bugs would be fixed at launch, there were a lot before then and those have been fixed. Doesn't mean all of them have, there still is a ton for consoles.

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17:50 Dec-23-2020

Did you actually read the article? It's the investors who are suing. The "claim" was an answer to a multi layered question they asked. If you invested in a product, and were lied to about said product, then that's grounds for a suit. There's no other way to look at it.

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15:09 Dec-21-2020

not even feeling sorry for CDPR, they get what they deserve..

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13:08 Dec-21-2020

Another lawsuit that won't go anywhere, what a surprise!

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12:10 Dec-21-2020

I would feel sorry for them but the practices they employed are BS at best. I mean, they focused more on the marketing than the actual pre-release checks. I mean, they made the Witcher 3 and therefore everyone expected another masterpiece.

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12:13 Dec-21-2020

I keep having to say this to people, not only about this but people who also comment on Nvidia stuff with things like "focus more on stock and less on marketing" - do you really think you can take the people in the marketing department, the social media managers, etc and move them over to work on the product? Doesn't work that way! xD

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13:03 Dec-21-2020

but dont they all have a specific budget for every one of thos fields if so couldnt they just transfer the budget size from marketing to development and with higher budget cant they emply more people?

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18:18 Dec-21-2020

Throwing in a couple of random freshly-hired devs in the middle of a huge project isn't exactly productive either.

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18:59 Dec-21-2020

Imo still a valid criticism. It may not be something you can change in the middle of a project; or its gotten to a point where reversing it would be very unwieldy — but still a valid point

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14:08 Dec-21-2020

You guys don't understand,wishing for them to pay for what they did is one thing,but this is something else entirely, this is bankruptcy,this is the end of them. No one will invest anymore and those who did want money back with interest. KO

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14:42 Dec-21-2020

release garbage like CB, expect to be punished to the fullest extent.

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18:15 Dec-21-2020

The comment above me is the perfect example why nobody likes gamerzzz™...


"Game buggy because rushed? DESTROY THE DEV!!!!!!!#%!"

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14:58 Dec-22-2020

I'm sorry but if I sold you a car and the wheels fell off on day one, wouldn't you sue for your injuries/damages/loss of earnings?


and if i sold 1 million cars like that wouldnt you expect my shareholders to be pissed at my bad work and sue me?


thats life, do a bad job and you dont get a second chance

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15:01 Dec-22-2020

id of happily waited another year for the game to come out in a better state. TBH what annoyed me more about this is that POE delayed the released of the new season so it didn't clash with CB's launch. so now i have no POE season and i dont want to risk playing CB with bugs/glitches/crashes and save files corrupting.

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12:04 Dec-21-2020

A big F in the chat for CDPR... And it's a polish attorney as well! xD

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