When the discount was pointed out on the game’s official forums, CD Projekt Red’s Rafal Jaki asked fans not to use Green Man Gaming (GMG) to buy the game.
“I would kindly ask our fans no to buy via GMG at this time. We had not sold them Keys and don’t know the origin of them,” he wrote.
In a statement to GameSpot, Green Man Gaming CEO Paul Sulyok said he had tried to work with CD Projekt Red on the game’s release, but the latter chose to focus on GOG.com instead.
"Following a six-month dialogue with [CD Projekt RED] about the launch of The Witcher 3, we were disappointed that despite the offer of significant cash advances, and other opportunities to officially work together, (we even offered to fly to Poland to discuss in detail how we could and wanted to support this launch), CDPR chose not to engage with a number of significant, reputable, and successful retailers, including ourselves, as they instead focused on supporting their own platform GOG. " Sulyok said.
"We, like millions of customers, are huge fans of The Witcher series, and have been eager for the launch of this amazing title. We believe that CDPR’s desire to support their own platform by working with retail outlets that would not conflict with their own is greater than that of meeting the demands of their audience, therefore we made the decision to indirectly secure the product and deliver it to our customers."
So instead, GMG acquired digital copies of the game from third parties and retailers that were approved by CD Projekt RED, said Sulyok.
"We would heartily welcome a renewed dialogue with CDPR, and are keen to continue to not only support the launch of The Witcher 3, but to keep celebrating and bringing the whole catalogue of CDPR titles to a worldwide audience, as we have done since 2011," Sulyok said.
CD Projekt RED told GameSpot it was getting zero revenue from sales of the game through GMG.