The Witcher 3 director resigns from CD Projekt after workplace bullying investigation

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The latest news about CD Projekt Red isn't related to Cyberpunk 2077, for once. Konrad Tomaszkiewicz, director of The Witcher 3 and staff writer on the first two Witcher games, is no longer at the company as of today. This report comes from Bloomberg, where an email shows Tomaszkiewicz has informed CD Projekt of his resignation, following an investigation into workplace bullying. He was found innocent of any allegations, according to an internal report, though he is still departing the company. As stated in his email to CD Projekt, he is leaving because other coworkers are supposedly feeling "fear, stress, or discomfort" when having to work alongside him.

The company had been conducting a months-long investigation into accusations of mobbing, a Polish term for office bullying, against the game director Konrad Tomaszkiewicz, according to an email to CD Projekt staff reviewed by Bloomberg. In the message, Tomaszkiewicz wrote that a commission had been formed to look into these allegations and had found him not guilty.

Tomaszkiewicz has been with CD Projekt since 2004, having begun as a junior game tester, and eventually rose through the ranks to become director for the critically acclaimed and beloved The Witcher 3, and also working as secondary director and head of production on Cyberpunk 2077.

In the email to employees, Tomaszkiewicz said the decision was agreed upon with the company’s board. “I am going to continue working on myself,” he wrote. “Changing behavior is a long and arduous process, but I’m not giving up, and I hope to change.”

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Of course the cancel culture is to blame for this. The allegations against him were found false, but the damage to his reputation was already done to a high degree. It's a #metoo situation.
Believe it or not people have left their jobs over things like this for as long as corporations have existed. Not that I endorse it if he truly is innocent, but it's business politics. This is how things have always run.

Plus we don't really have enough info about him to give a definite verdict so I wouldn't just jump to call him innocent because of "cancel culture". That's just as reductive as "canceling" him into... quitting his job? or something? Not that the word means anything anymore lmao. Citing "Cancel Culture" is just a way to demonize political opponents without engaging with what is actually going on. Very juvenile.
 
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Some people here seem genuinely perplexed by the idea that a person's ability of self-reflection may reveal flaws that a commission might overlook or not find punishable.
Yeah nobody should be discouraged from seeking the time and space needed for self-reflection and self-improvement. Suggesting his co-workers forced him out of the job isn't giving him his due credit.
 

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Of course the cancel culture is to blame for this. The allegations against him were found false, but the damage to his reputation was already done to a high degree. It's a #metoo situation.
I don't think there were any allegations being made against him specifically, and he chose to walk away on his own terms. No need to blame "cancel culture" for this one.
Man, lang didn't even mention cancel culture but yall just had to make this political
 

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Man, lang didn't even mention cancel culture but yall just had to make this political
I don't consider "cancel culture" to be a political topic, there's a certain amount of it that comes from both sides of the aisle. For very different reasons, of course.

It's also something that shouldn't be confused for people facing consequences for their own actions. That's not the case here though, clearly.
 
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Maybe if the studio made quality games and having a veteran who started at the bottom, game testing, and now a bunch of kids come in, releasing shit and the company thinks its ok, we can fix it later.

Yup, that would piss me off and i would speak out towards over paid lazy cunts, if the snowflakes get upset, then fuck them, they should do a better job and not bitch because they're biased towards their bug riddled work.
 
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Anybody here who works in leadership must know how fucked it is to stay serene in a high-pressure environment like the one they created within CDPR... you HAVE to, but it's so hard.

This dude had the deck completely stacked against him. The real people who need to be held accountable remain shielded and cozy earning their millions.
 
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Thing is, unless we actually work there and have been a witness of mobbing and/or have enough information to grasp the whole situation, we can't judge. Most of the investigation are made by the companies themselves, which obviously creates a conflict of interest. I've seen that happening to colleagues and friends, and the only thing I noticed is that if the person resigns with some kind of compensation, it's usually fishy.
 
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Good. It's obvious why he stepped down, and it's not precisely becuse he isn't guilty.

Game companies are too opaque, game development is too taxing and toxic, the AAA industry only moves by their CEOs' greed. Shit like this needs to become commonplace.
 

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It's hard to know how to feel about these stories without having specific examples of their behavior. The popular definition of bullying has expanded to include what many would consider just being socially inept. Maybe he's a grade-A asshole, maybe he's just antisocial - who knows without further details.
He just doesn't have the financial clout to protect himself and his work, like say a certain electric car mogul, or even a certain online shipping company owner.

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>found to be innocent
>co-workers feel stress around him
>acknowledges flaws in his own letter

...? what is the truth lmao
Once you are hunted and have stood trial, regardless of guilt or innocence, how could you remain there? He's smart enough to release a statement that he will work on himself and his attitude, understanding that if his staff doesn't feel comfortable working for him, he won't feel comfortable overseeing them. From his perspective, when is the next knife in the back? From Staff perspective, when would he go mad dog on them again?
 
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Fear my ass
AHHHHHHHHHHHHH!!!! IT'S XDEL'S ASS!!!11!!1!!!!1!

In all seriousness, though, I agree with @Xzi in that he finally realized that something about his personality was bothering other people, and that he needed to take a hard look at himself. I understand where he is coming from as well.
 

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Good riddance. Maybe now CDPR can pull their heads out of their asses when they launch games.

They made the same mistakes with the Witcher 3 but because it was not something entire new and the mess was not so big, they could patch it and the game became popular anyway.

Maybe if they had used all that money to buy a game engine that worked instead of trying to code everything, Cyberpunk would have worked better. As it is even with all the patches the game is an Alpha stage because it still has too many bugs to be called a Beta.
 
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