The Witcher 3 director leaves CD Projekt Red after workplace bullying investigation

The Witcher 3 director leaves CD Projekt Red after workplace bullying investigation

Konrad Tomaszkiewicz was cleared by the investigation but still resigned, apologizing "for all the bad blood" he caused.


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Kᴏɴrad Tomᴀszkiewicz, ᴡʜᴏ sᴇʀᴠᴇd ᴀs ᴅɪʀᴇᴄᴛᴏʀ ᴏꜰ Tʜᴇ Wɪᴛcʜᴇr 3: Wild Hunt ᴀɴd ᴀs secᴏɴd ᴅɪʀᴇᴄᴛᴏʀ ᴀɴd ʜᴇad ᴏꜰ ᴘʀᴏᴅᴜᴄᴛiᴏɴ ᴏɴ Cyʙᴇrpunk 2077, hᴀs ʟᴇꜰᴛ CD Projekt Red. Bloomʙᴇrg repᴏʀts thᴀᴛ Tomᴀszkiewicz wᴀs tʜᴇ sᴜʙᴊᴇᴄᴛ ᴏꜰ a ʟᴇɴɢᴛʜy ɪɴternal ɪɴvestigᴀᴛiᴏɴ bᴀsed ᴏɴ accᴜsᴀᴛiᴏɴs ᴏꜰ bullyɪɴg. While a commɪssiᴏɴ ꜰᴏʀᴍᴇd ꜰᴏʀ tʜᴇ ɪɴvestigᴀᴛiᴏɴ ꜰᴏᴜɴᴅ ʜɪᴍ ɴᴏt guilty, Tomᴀszkiewicz sᴛɪʟʟ chose ᴛᴏ resɪɢɴ ꜰʀᴏᴍ ʜɪs ᴊᴏʙ.

Tomaszkiewicz wrote in an email to CD Projekt Red's staff that despite being cleared, "a lot of people are feeling fear, stress, or discomfort when working with me." He left with an apology "for all the bad blood" he caused, and said he planned to work to change his behavior.

The Witcher 3 director was a long-time CD Projekt Red employee, with credits stretching back to story design on 2007's The Witcher, the studio's first game. He served as lead quest designer on The Witcher 2 before taking on the director role for The Witcher 3 and its expansions Hearts of Stone and Blood and Wine. On Cyberpunk 2077, he first held the title of design director, before eventually moving into the position of vice president of game development at CD Projekt Red.

Tomaszkiewicz's resignation comes a month after Cyberpunk 2077's lead gameplay designer Andrzej Zawadzki left the company.

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