All hell broke loose yesterday when we posted a story regarding some talks between EA and CD Projekt RED. Even though our source claimed that these talks could be about a possible buyout, we were the first to say that this scenario seemed unlikely. And today, CD Projekt RED issued an official announcement about this.
As CD Projekt RED’s co-founder Marcin Iwinski claimed:
“We usually don’t comment on rumors, but this one has become quite viral and we think it deserves to be put to bed: we are not talking with anyone regarding selling CD PROJEKT RED or GOG.com. Period. And the payslip is a fake – it was not issued by our company.”
What Marcin made crystal clear is that both CD Projekt RED and GOG.com will not be sold to other companies. Which is definitely good news.
However, Marcin did not debunk the whole rumor. It appears that everyone has been concentrating on the buyout (for their own reasons. After all, an article that focuses on the buyout instead of the general talks between EA and CDPR will generate more clicks). Marcin did not debunk the rumors about the talks between EA and CD Projekt RED. Just that they are “not talking with anyone regarding selling CD PROJEKT RED or GOG.com.”
Not only that, but CD Projekt RED’s Benzenzimmern basically confirmed that people from EA can/do visit the studio.
Bottom line is that CD Projekt RED will stay independent. It’s also crystal clear that its fans want the studio to stay independent. Moreover, our previous story proved that gaming websites will focus on certain things instead of the whole story.
There was a reason we: a) marked our previous story as a rumor, b) suggested twice taking everything you read with a grain of salt and c) tried to calm everyone down about the buyout as we said that it was unlikely.
But then again, we’ve never been credible.