The Story of CD Projekt

  • Published on Oct 2, 2017
  • In the opening episode of our six-part series on The Witcher, we talk to Marcin Iwiński about life in socialist Poland, the business of games distribution and the founding of CD Projekt.
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  • TuDawid
    TuDawid 13 hours ago

    18:00 I'm grateful for the Baldur's Gate translation. It defined my childhood.

  • B Raub
    B Raub 2 days ago

    Incredible video

  • mario977pl
    mario977pl 6 days ago

    Iwinski zachwycony zazydzonym zepsutym zachodem. Typowy polaczek.

  • mario977pl
    mario977pl 6 days ago

    Zgnily zachod juz sie na dobre u nas przyjal. Czeka nas sodoma i gomora.

  • Ezra
    Ezra 7 days ago

    The cassette trading story is crazy, i didn't even know such a thing existed.

  • Evocati Media
    Evocati Media 7 days ago

    Not socialist... COMMUNIST.

  • Lalleballe 2k
    Lalleballe 2k 10 days ago +2

    Warsaw is pretty badass name for a city

    • Batooony
      Batooony 3 days ago

      Yeah, it turned damn accurate

  • yeehaw
    yeehaw 12 days ago +2

    It's fantastic to see how far Poland has come.

  • Alex Mercer
    Alex Mercer 12 days ago

    "Si hay un juego que te importa profundamente, no lo pirateas" que buena frase se saco este hombre.

  • ViktorHark
    ViktorHark 15 days ago +6

    It's crazy how many people discard the opinions of those who actually lived in PRL and fantasize about it being some communist paradise. It was not. 1968, 1976, 1980 and many other protests happened for a reason. Nobody is missing this period at all here.

  • ArtsyPerson
    ArtsyPerson 15 days ago

    Have they ever spoken about their pc port of Saint's Row 2?

  • LemonMurder
    LemonMurder 18 days ago

    I hate to be that guy, but socialism is very different from communism. The Dictatorships of the Soviet regime's puppet states were not implementing socialism but a variant of Communism.

  • Henry Rhodes
    Henry Rhodes 18 days ago

    I will forever say CD Project as Say Day Proyect and I’m not upset

  • madscientist 666
    madscientist 666 21 day ago

    Its have a great lesson here. When ur old days was full of suffer but the imagination never dead

  • Âme Doux Lilla
    Âme Doux Lilla 21 day ago

    quel jeu le ouicheur trois

  • YT Anonymity
    YT Anonymity 26 days ago

    One of the best game developer and publisher company ever for Multiplatform game !!

  • Marcelo
    Marcelo 27 days ago +1

    Seems like...Warsaw saw many wars.....😢

  • Hosty
    Hosty 27 days ago +2

    Funny how the tables have turned, BioWare is in ruins and CDProjekt is in its prime.

  • ThoughT
    ThoughT Month ago +1

    I already had huge respect for this studio, but this just elevates it to new levels.

  • Big Geralt
    Big Geralt Month ago

    He probably thinks socialism is bad because you can’t treat workers like shit like CD Projekt Red does lol.

    • Xray1-1
      Xray1-1 11 days ago

      Socialism is just entry level Communism.

  • Kevin Murphy
    Kevin Murphy Month ago

    capital city and the streets are empty, they`re all in my capital city and they have the neck to complain about Ukranians taking over Poland now. They come to Ireland , get jobs, worm their way up to management positions and then only hire polish people. They even mention in the job adverts that you must be able to speak polish, mostly unskilled jobs too, FUCK THEM

  • chilldude30
    chilldude30 Month ago

    Poland have public health care and universities. Just thought I'd mention that to all these Americans saying see this is why socialism sucks etc because they usually think socialism means fee university and health care etc.

  • chilldude30
    chilldude30 Month ago

    I met this guy in a bar in Wroclaw, he was really cool

  • Keith Rowsell
    Keith Rowsell Month ago

    Wow, real journalim on youtube! :O

  • Coming back to Jesus
    Coming back to Jesus Month ago +2

    Something tells me socialism is not a good thing

  • Ivan Quitschal
    Ivan Quitschal Month ago

    someone tell this idiot half of the damn documentary yielling about communism instead of talking about his fucking game , that my country is capitalist and i only saw a fucking videogame 20 years after he was already programming videogames .. it means that fucker didnt have supermarkets as he said, but had fucking computer since the msx ages , right? what an evil communism you had . huh? in my fucking capitalist country you would ve met a computer in 1999 tops , and by that time you would be paving roads instead of making videogames ... what a jackass

  • LG828
    LG828 Month ago

    19:25 Thaler spotted

  • bluesdealer
    bluesdealer Month ago +2

    Great documentary. It's very eye-opening about Polish history and dangers of socialism, as well as how important passion is to success (and impressing the right people helps, of course). Can't wait to watch the next video!
    In 2019, Bioware is only a name and a memory because of EA, but I think a part of their original spirit lives on in Obsidian and CDPR. The CDPR team has my gratitude. Never stop making great, uncompromising games.

  • Jonathan Peña
    Jonathan Peña Month ago +2

    What a delicious bit of documentary work. Marcin is such a likeable guy.

  • Litto Fuentes
    Litto Fuentes Month ago

    Porque no descubrí este canal antes

  • Hernaldo Avalos
    Hernaldo Avalos Month ago +1

    Skip to 6:20 to avoid the unnecessary and boring "i hate socialism" intro

  • siup zium ciach
    siup zium ciach 2 months ago +1

    Poland such a rich and beautiful capitalist country had to suffer under SOCIALISM for so long, the west left us and Russians enslaved us, terrible times.

  • Ishan Madhav
    Ishan Madhav 2 months ago

    I have a friend who's the Indian version of the guy in the video.. I mean they even move their hands while speaking in the same way..

  • Karol Rolbiecki
    Karol Rolbiecki 2 months ago +1

    ehh Marcin szkoda że 'w pooorząsiu spaliłeś' :D Dzieki że jesteś, Czołem Wielkiej Polsce.

  • Tommi Pitkänen
    Tommi Pitkänen 2 months ago

    5:49 I'm also meateater, just saying it because it sounds so important to tell, vegetarians always drop that bomb for no reason, so do i then.

  • Alexander Pavlovsky
    Alexander Pavlovsky 2 months ago +3

    I grew up in USSR. Man alive this hits home. Love CDPR with all my

  • Brian
    Brian 2 months ago +1

    Imagine for a moment growing up in a word where a Burger King is a Temple and a symbol of the Western Culture. I will say this inspite of what the Polish have been through they have created masterful works of art I hands down Loved the Witcher Series! Wildhunt, Blood and Wine, the anniversary Witcher promo brings tears to my eyes and I cannot wait to see what piece of art they do with Cyberpunk 2077. I am hopeful that CDPR will not fall to the same temptations and fate that other publishers have fallen to like EA, Blizzard, Bioware and Ubisoft.

  • Brandon D'Alessandro
    Brandon D'Alessandro 2 months ago +1

    Really awesome documentary

  • nofebak tryagain
    nofebak tryagain 2 months ago

    I love the narrator's accent. "Baldur's Gaith"... nope, it's Baldur's Gate :D And what is that "markesh" he's talking about all the time? It's fortunate that, contrary to the narrator, Marcin's pronounciation is good, otherwise this would be a very obscure documentary ;)

  • Gopinath M S
    Gopinath M S 2 months ago

    ""If there is a game you care about, you don't pirate it"
    This is so true

  • dklingen
    dklingen 2 months ago

    That was outstanding - thank you!

  • Enzo Cardeal
    Enzo Cardeal 2 months ago

    Best game developer ever (?)

  • Joshua Woodward
    Joshua Woodward 2 months ago

    I hope Cyberpunk 2077 is brought to Google Stadia. That game is going to be amazing.

  • Grim Reaper
    Grim Reaper 2 months ago

    You sir are awesome,I love these documentaries you doing especialy this one as CDPR are my favorite developer. So thank you.

  • STALKER_ajd4
    STALKER_ajd4 2 months ago

    Круто !

  • Jimmie Bentley
    Jimmie Bentley 2 months ago +4

    Polish people are awesome.

    • chilldude30
      chilldude30 Month ago

      Poland has become so popular online in the last few years lol

  • V3rciS
    V3rciS 2 months ago

    I bought witcher games 2 times, PC and console whenever possible. I'll do the same for Cyberpunk because they deserve it and I will keep supporting them until the day they turn into another EA/ACTIVISION/UBISOFT.

  • Kevin Harris
    Kevin Harris 3 months ago +3

    Love that a spotlight has been put on Poland because of these books, the video games, and the forthcoming series. It is a beautiful country full of culture, that has dealt with a lot of tragedy during the 20th century. I have family from Poland, my fiance’ was born in Poland, and we are taking the family to visit next summer. I see a lot of pride from Poles due to the popularity of CDPR in the West, and it is very well deserved.
    Great job on this documentary.

  • edmaluf
    edmaluf 3 months ago

    I want a Witcher IV. 'Nough said.

  • Simon Media
    Simon Media 3 months ago

    Socialism was grey - in the 80's in Poland everything was grey... and there was nothing in shops etc...

  • The Wiedźmin
    The Wiedźmin 3 months ago

    what? cede project red?!

    • Jme Jme
      Jme Jme 2 months ago

      C.D. - centrum dystrybucji

  • Travis Bewley
    Travis Bewley 3 months ago +1

    You guys probably should have clarified the difference between Soviet era socialism and what it is seen as today. Not clairifying it is misleading

    • chilldude30
      chilldude30 Month ago

      @Dave Lait the fact that you think Venezuela is socialist despite not having a planned economy and public ownership of the means of production shows his point as you don't understand what socialism is.

    • Dave Lait
      Dave Lait 2 months ago

      Yes ..... Because Venezuela today is considerably better than Soviet socialism back then *rolls eyes so fucking hard*
      Socialism is still as shit as it was back then

  • marcel
    marcel 3 months ago

    "in the city of whootch"
    uwielbiam kiedy anglicy staraja sie gadac po polsku

  • Karl Osbourne
    Karl Osbourne 3 months ago +9

    "If they ever tell my story, let them say I played with giants. Companies rise and fall like winter wheat ... But let them say I lived in the time of CD Project Red ... Let them say I played in the time of The Witcher" - Anonymous, early 21st Century

  • alaspalabras
    alaspalabras 3 months ago


  • TNHR
    TNHR 3 months ago +5

    notice what he says about Socialism at the beginning guys... wake up

  • Ainul Yaqin
    Ainul Yaqin 3 months ago

    No wonder they produce quality games. They have experience for decades.

  • Bingfish
    Bingfish 3 months ago +1

    best devs, fuck EA

  • Lucky_ramen
    Lucky_ramen 3 months ago +1

    Having lived under socialism, it makes sense why they don't want anyone telling them how to make their games. The hardship made them resilient.

    • Shadowriver
      Shadowriver 3 months ago

      There 0 pressure on how TV shows, movies and games should look like overall, Polish politics are so hot right now that media is to busy fighting each other then care about the games. Not to mention polish gaming press is irrelevent with death of paper game magazines.

  • oGRYzki
    oGRYzki 3 months ago

    This document has brought back old memories. CD Projekt succeed thanks to their passion for games and I hope it won't change. Now we have games built arround sales and we feel drop of their qualities. EA, Ubisoft and other big publishers are too big to just trust their fanbase, they need to "secure" their sales and that's where everything falls apart.

  • Wahyu Setiawan
    Wahyu Setiawan 3 months ago +3

    Bioware seals of quality.


  • deadmeh
    deadmeh 3 months ago +2

    "Bleak socialist rule" that's pretty one sided and I've heard opinions on the contrary. But I guess I shouldn't expect much from a company that gets paid to shill companies and their products huh?

  • Faysal Bin Sadique
    Faysal Bin Sadique 3 months ago +1

    So CD project name came from his CD business.

  • abdul Buc
    abdul Buc 3 months ago

    Po polsku się nie dało? Tragiczny clickbait, łapa w dół!

    • ChceTok3ny
      ChceTok3ny 3 months ago

      @abdul Buc Cokolwiek, Bucu

    • abdul Buc
      abdul Buc 3 months ago

      twoi na pewno skoro nauczyli cię tak się zwracać o innych. pewnie tak tatuś do mamusi mówi? prostaczek xD

    • ChceTok3ny
      ChceTok3ny 3 months ago

      @abdul Buc Ciesze się że mogę Cię jeszcze czegoś nauczyć, widocznie rodzice dali dupy

    • abdul Buc
      abdul Buc 3 months ago

      to fajne słownictwo z domu wyniosłeś

    • ChceTok3ny
      ChceTok3ny 3 months ago

      Polski tytuł, polskie napisy, polskie tłumaczenie, nie podoba się to zamknij ryj i spierdalaj

  • Maruha Starshaya
    Maruha Starshaya 3 months ago +1

    I thougt here will be a story about game and studio, but instead this guy tells about socialism, his expieriense with video games... why am I watching this? Misleading name of the video, should call it: blah-blah-blah

  • Matt Ryan
    Matt Ryan 4 months ago

    During the Cold War, Western Europe was socialist, it was called European Socialism and it still there today. Eastern Europe had communism, both Eastern and Western Europe were Socialists. Now, Eastern Europe appears to be more economically free than Western Europe. The collapse of Soviet Union only affected areas under Soviet control.

  • Nay
    Nay 4 months ago +2

    Slavic games and stories always have that depressive beautiful feeling to them, whether its stalker , witcher, or the books in general. Its refreshing from the good vs evil\happy end or plain and cliche of the us mainstream model we can find around the world (exept when there is a "everything go bad" trend, for the sake of things being bad even when it doesn't really make any sense if you have a closer look). I like both, but id like more of this slavic stuff.

  • Newtus minder
    Newtus minder 4 months ago

    How disgustingly white that studio is. Not one black persons or gender queer employee 😒

  • Hunter of Dreams
    Hunter of Dreams 4 months ago

    I was at GenCon and got to play a demo of Witcher 1 before it came out. I remember thinking that the controls were a bit weird but that the game looked beautiful (I couldn't believe the demo guy that it was running on the same engine as NWN) and I was intrigued by its setting. I've bought and played the hell out of every Witcher game since and has read all the books (albeit in Russian). Thank you so much guys for these amazing games and I can't wait for Cyberpunk 2077!

  • Drink Water
    Drink Water 4 months ago

    I have only played the third, because I could not master the controls of the second back when I tried it. (I was much stupider back then than I am today, so I might check it out)
    But I loved it so much. Especially the aspects of Slavic culture. It is very similar to our own pagan culture of Sweden, so many of the stories are very similar, as well as creatures and all that.
    Now knowing the story of the developer I am even more fond of the franchise!
    And yeah. He is right.
    I gave up piracy many years ago. Simply because I realized that pirating will hurt the developer. And if the developer is hurt, then there wont be any more games to play.
    Thus it is an investment. Thanks to Steam it is so easy as well, so I do not mind paying for the games when I am able to.
    Movies is another story. I am usually too sick or unable because of my disease and disability to attend the cinema, so I sometimes, although rarely, download movies and watch.
    Unless it was not really my thing I then buy the movie as a token of appreciation.
    Since there are really no great retail platform like Steam in the movie world, I buy them off Ebay.
    From countries I really like.
    Hitting two birds with one stone, investing in the ones behind the movie as well as a country I like.
    Money is personal power to affect and change, on far more levels than the physical.
    So he was very right about the piracy thing.
    No disrespect towards pirates.
    All have their reasons.

  • crawford4140
    crawford4140 4 months ago +1

    all game companies should use CDPR's standard as a norm when it comes to making games. you make money and do the right thing at the same time.

  • TheVis
    TheVis 4 months ago +2

    "If there is a game you deeply care about, you don't pirate," that's basically CD Projekt for me.

  • The Fumbler
    The Fumbler 4 months ago +6

    "If you care for a game, you don't torrent it"
    Words to live by.

    Listen EA.

  • SuperFriendBFG
    SuperFriendBFG 4 months ago

    Socialist East? Pretty sure they called themselves Communist. In actually it was neither of those things but hey, semantics. That part where they comment on Radio Stations transmitting copies of games over the airwaves made me smile and laugh. That's so 80s technopunk.

    • chilldude30
      chilldude30 Month ago

      They said communism yeah but also socialism hence USSR

    • Xray1-1
      Xray1-1 4 months ago +1

      socialism is just communism light.

  • Mic_Glow
    Mic_Glow 4 months ago

    There is no need to spell "CD" in Polish (ce de). We poles call it "CD" as in "CD-ROM". In english.

  • Rahul Verma
    Rahul Verma 4 months ago

    seydey proyact

  • Kiz
    Kiz 4 months ago

    Its funny i actually pirated the witcher 3.but after playing it for awhile i felt a bit guilty becouse it was so good,so i said fuck it and actually purchased a copy and gave it to my nephew.

    • crawford4140
      crawford4140 4 months ago

      actually CDPR intends to let people pirate their games in order to "try it out" for themselves and see if the game is worth the money. if it is then they buy it when they can afford it pure ingenuity.

  • Kiz
    Kiz 4 months ago +1

    "Software is free hardware is what you pay for" a true pirate!!

  • Thomas Gerardin
    Thomas Gerardin 5 months ago

    Great work. I'm gonna fund this. Also curious about the podcasts.

  • A Frog
    A Frog 5 months ago

    If you want socialism in a different color than grey, visit norway!
    Bring your wallet ;)

  • not yang gang
    not yang gang 5 months ago

    Those damn neckers

  • TyroneCLove
    TyroneCLove 5 months ago

    Those socks though.

  • Tetsuo Max
    Tetsuo Max 5 months ago +2

    CDproject red is a team of genius !!

  • Jon Posadny
    Jon Posadny 5 months ago

    sending computer programs over the radio waves....thats fucking so cool

  • JoseitoEdlVodao
    JoseitoEdlVodao 5 months ago

    Tacos EVERYWHERE!!! Tacos in my stomach, Tacos in Warzaw.

  • Sev
    Sev 5 months ago

    South Dublin?

  • Staś
    Staś 5 months ago

    Cool material :)

  • Adan Martin
    Adan Martin 5 months ago

    I love the spaceman t shirt

  • BlindEleven
    BlindEleven 5 months ago +1

    Decades of bleak socialist rule. Fucking really?..

    • Newtus minder
      Newtus minder 4 months ago

      Fuck off marxist scum

    • KJS 1
      KJS 1 5 months ago +7

      Yes, almost 50 years of socialism was terrible for poles and If you need more information about it don't hesitate to contact me, my dear internet friend

  • Sean Isenhower
    Sean Isenhower 6 months ago

    7th Guest, right nest to the Pam and Tommy Lee video. Bahahah!

  • Pan Z
    Pan Z 6 months ago

    Inspiring that a group of guys under the hegemony of the USSR one day created a game that would share their small country's culture all over the world.

  • Eric Jacobus
    Eric Jacobus 6 months ago +1

    These are great documentaries. Poland exemplifies the future of gaming in Europe. And thank you and the interviewees for the socialism commentary. This guy should do talks at American universities.

  • Naum Rusomarov
    Naum Rusomarov 6 months ago +3

    Respect for Marcin, he seems like a really nice fella.

  • Kutyaütő Kis
    Kutyaütő Kis 6 months ago

    A következő rész már nem magyar. Várni kell a magyar folytatásra, vagy nem is lesz, vagy hogy lesz?

  • gornes
    gornes 6 months ago +1

    It's a small detail, but I really appreciate you made an effort to learn the proper Polish pronunciation of CD Projekt. Veeery few of English speaking journalist would do that if any at all.

  • Abhinn Verma
    Abhinn Verma 6 months ago +1

    This is becoming my favourite channel....

  • Slowest Drummer
    Slowest Drummer 6 months ago +1

    Yeah, wow, see how great socialism is?

  • 22RiaKon22
    22RiaKon22 7 months ago +2

    "If there is a game that you care deeply about... you don't pirate it." GOLD

  • ZamboniElite
    ZamboniElite 7 months ago

    A rumor exists that BioWare held a company wide meeting in Early 2014 to announce The Witcher 3 had been delayed. To which the news gained a resounding and loud cheer as Dragon Age Inquisition no longer had to compete with The Witcher 3 in 2014. How strange and ironic that BioWare, who helped make CD Projekt were so relieved to hear they were facing setbacks. It really speaks to what BioWare has become and the decline of their brand.

  • Per Eriksen
    Per Eriksen 7 months ago +1

    I like to think that Witcher 3 "is a uniquely Slavic" game too, but the Skellige Isles... You know what I'm thinking. As someone from the actual town of Larvik, it was a pure joy to visit its namesake in one of my favorite games of all time. :D