‘Witcher College’ Compelled To Shut Down Over Political Controversy

Geralt standing in a pub while a group of men look on.

Picture: CD Projekt Crimson

Till not too long ago, a “Witcher College” in Poland ran live-action role-playing (LARP) occasions for followers of the wildly well-liked fantasy collection with the official blessing of Witcher-series sport writer CD Projekt Crimson. However final Friday, its organizers, an organization referred to as 5 Żywiołów, introduced that the “college” can be completely closing, citing CDPR’s choice to tug its license. The occasion’s organizers declare it was on account of a employees member’s work in a far-right conservative group that opposes abortion and LGBTQ rights. (h/t Eurogamer)

In keeping with a subsequent Fb remark from the “Witcher College” organizers, CDPR “terminated the license settlement” with a three-month discover again in late February. Whereas CDPR didn’t reply to a request for remark on the time of publication, it was in the course of the interval of damaging media consideration surrounding one staffer, Anna Wawrzyniak.

In an e-mail to Kotaku, 5 Żywiołów mentioned Wawrzyniak labored on the Witcher College undertaking from 2017 to 2019. She additionally drafted authorized opinions for Ordo Iuris, an ultra-conservative suppose tank that was “instrumental in Poland’s near-total abortion ban and influential within the creation of LGBTQ-free zones.”

Occasion firm co-founder Dastin Wawrzyniak (the partner of Anna Wawrzyniak) advised Kotaku that its relationship with the sport studio had beforehand been “nice.” He mentioned that 5 Żywiołów steadily labored for CDPR and would even manage a picnic for the studio’s staff. CDPR wasn’t concerned in crafting the LARP’s plot, however the Witcher College’s license allowed the occasion firm to make use of characters from the Witcher video games to inform unique tales.

5 Żywiołów harassed that the corporate stored the skilled and personal spheres of its staff separate. “We nonetheless don’t plan to guage the views and actions within the personal sphere of our colleagues and contributors,” it wrote in a remark reply underneath Friday’s assertion. ”This might open a Pandora’s field filled with prejudices and quarrels… You understand that we have now created a extremely inclusive undertaking, with out listening to variations and divisions.”

The sentiment appears cheap in case you’re speaking about pineapple on pizza and never, say, whether or not or not an employer is attempting to ban abortion or legislate queer Poles out of public life. Which is precisely what Ordo Iuris has efficiently achieved.


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