Home » Developers » CD Projekt Red

CD Projekt Red

CD Projekt Red is a subsidiary of CD Projekt that is responsible for developing original games. Formed in 2002, the division is best known for The Witcher series. Their parent company CD Projekt was founded in 1994 by Marcin Iwiński and Michal Kiciński as a Polish video game developer, publisher and distributor based in Warsaw.

Iwiński and Kiciński were video game retailers before they founded the company, which initially acted as a distributor of foreign video games for the domestic market. The company began by translating major Western video-game releases into Polish, collaborating with Interplay Entertainment for two Baldur’s Gate games. CD Projekt was working on the PC version of Baldur’s Gate: Dark Alliance when Interplay experienced financial difficulties. The game was cancelled, and CD Projekt’s founders needed to decide if the company should continue as a distributor or a game developer after Dark Alliance’s cancellation. With the game cancelled and its code owned by CD Projekt, the company decided to reuse the code to develop their first original game.

The Witcher BoxThey intended to develop a game series based on Andrzej Sapkowski’s Wiedźmin (The Witcher) books. The fantasy series of novels were very popular in Poland and the author accepted the company’s development proposal. The franchise rights had been sold to a Polish mobile game studio, but the studio had not worked on anything related to the franchise and CD Projekt acquired the rights to the Wiedźmin (The Witcher) franchise for a mere $9,500. Sapkowski insisted that all payment be made up front, rather than through royalties, even though it was offered to him.

In order to develop the game, CD Projekt formed the video-game development studio known as CD Projekt Red in 2002. The development team reused the code from Dark Alliance to create a conceptual demo game. The demo was a role-playing game with a top-down perspective, similar to Dark Alliance however Iwiński and Kiciński could not gain any interest in the demo from publishers. Development of the game continued but the demo was abandoned leading the team to return to the drawing board in 2003. The development team had different ideas for the game and lacked overall direction, unfamiliar with video game development the team spent nearly two years organizing production and finalizing the storyline of the game.

Cyberpunk 2077 BoxThe story takes place in a medieval fantasy world and follows Geralt of Rivia, one of a few traveling monster hunters who have supernatural powers, known as Witchers. The game’s system of moral choices as part of the storyline was noted for its time-delayed consequences and lack of black-and-white morality. After 5 years of development The Witcher was published by Atari and released in 2007 for the PC. The success of The Witcher warranted the development of a sequel, The Witcher 2: Assassins of Kings in 2011 followed by The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt in 2015. The company’s currently working on Cyberpunk 2077, an open-world role-playing game set to release in 2020.

Type Public
Parent Company CD Projekt
Location Warsaw, Poland
Developer CD Projekt Red
Founded 2002
Number of Employees Approximately 900
Founders Marcin Iwinski
Michal Kicinski
Executives Adam Kicinski (President)
Marcin Iwinski (CEO)
Piotr Nielubowicz (CFO)
Website CD Projekt Red

Known For:

The Story of CD Projekt and Studio Tour

2007The Witcher BoxThe WitcherPCAction RPGAtari (PC)
CD Projekt (OS X)
2011The Witcher 2 BoxThe Witcher 2: Assassins of KingsPC
Xbox 360
Action RPGCD Projekt
2014The Witcher - Adventure Game BoxThe Witcher: Adventure GameAndroid
Board GameCD Projekt
2015The Witcher - Battle ArenaThe Witcher: Battle ArenaAndroid
Multiplayer Online Battle ArenaCD Projekt
2015The Witcher 3 BoxThe Witcher 3: Wild HuntPlayStation 4
Xbox One
Nintendo Switch
Action RPGCD Projekt
2015The Witcher 3 Heats of Stone DLCThe Witcher 3: Wild Hunt - Hearts of StonePlayStation 4
Xbox One
Nintendo Switch
Action RPGCD Projekt
2016The Witcher 3 Blood and Wine DLCThe Witcher 3: Wild Hunt - Blood and WinePlayStation 4
Xbox One
Nintendo Switch
Action RPGCD Projekt
2018Gwent - The Witcher Card Game BoxGwent: The Witcher Card GamePC
PlayStation 4
Xbox One
Collectible Card GameCD Projekt
2018Thronebreaker - The Witcher Tales BoxThronebreaker: The Witcher TalesPC
PlayStation 4
Xbox One
Card Game
CD Projekt
2020Cyberpunk 2077 BoxCyberpunk 2077PC
PlayStation 4
Xbox One
PlayStation 5
Xbox Series X/S
RPGCD Projekt

Adam BadowskiAdam BadowskiHead of Studio
Game Director
Art Director
Project Lead
Adam BieniasAdam BieniasSenior Programmer2007-2010
Adam JędrzejewskiAdam JedrzejewskiAsset Production Manager2007-2010
Adam KaminskiAdam KaminskiBeta Tester2007
Adam KicińskiAdam KicińskiPresident
Joint CEO
Adam KozłowskiAdam KozłowskiSenior Environment Artist2003-2007
Adam LojekAdam LojekJunior Tester2007
Adriana PawłowskaAdriana PawłowskaArt Tools Programmer2017-Present
Profile PlaceholderAleksander Budzyński3d Artist2005
Aleksandra CwalinaAleksandra CwalinaMain Producer2004
Profile PlaceholderAndrzej BućkoTest Co-ordinator2007-2008
Andrzej KasprzykAndrzej KasprzykComposer2008-2009
Andrzej MędryckiAndrzej MędryckiTool Programmer2006-2008
Andrzej WojcickiAndrzej WojcickiEnvironment Artist2003-2004
Arkadiusz OjczykArkadiusz OjczykLocation Artist2004-2007
Profile PlaceholderArkadiusz SitoAI / Engine Programmer2006-2008
Arkadiusz TrojanowskiArkadiusz TrojanowskiCFO
Deputy Director of Development
Profile PlaceholderArtur GanszyniecLead Story Designer2006-Present
Artur SawkaArtur SawkaProxy of the Management Board2012-2013
Profile Placeholder Bartłomiej GawełPrincipal Concept Artist
Art Director
Bartosz GulikBartosz GulikDirector of Production2005
Benedykt SzneiderBenedykt SzneiderGraphic Designer2006-2008
Profile PlaceholderBorys Pugacz-MuraszkiewiczLead Writer - English
Senior Writer
Daniel SadowskiDaniel SadowskiEngine / 3D Programmer2006-2008
Profile PlaceholderDanuta SienkowskaAsset Production Manager2007-2010
Profile PlaceholderDominik RedmerEnvironment Artist2003-2007
Profile PlaceholderEdyta WakulaManaging Director2002-Present
Ewa ChrzanowskaEwa ChrzanowskaAccountant2002-2009
Profile PlaceholderFilip Turczyński
Junior QA Specialist2007-2008
Franciszek RóżnowiczFranciszek Różnowicz
Senior Producer
Senior Test Coordinator
Grzegorz BaranGrzegorz Baran3d Artist2006-2007
Grzegorz PowalskiGrzegorz PowalskiQA Specialist2006-2007
Jacek BrzezinskiJacek Brzeziński
Lead Designer
Development Director
Jakub CierpkaJakub CierpkaIT Specialist2007-2008
Jakub StylińskiJakub StylińskiSenior Designer
QA Manager
Jan MolakJan MolakWeb Manager
Web Programmer
Profile PlaceholderJerzy CichockiProduct Specialist2007-2010
Joanna RadomskaJoanna RadomskaSenior Quest Designer2009-Present
Kamil KozłowskiKamil Kozłowski
Chief Animator / Modeller
Senior Animator / Character Modeler
Karol KowalczykKarol KowalczykJunior Tech QA Analyst2019-Present
Karol ZajączkowskiKarol Zajączkowski
PR & Marketing Specialist
QA Specialist
Karolina GrochowskaKarolina GrochowskaProducer
Assistant Producer
Klaudiusz ZychKlaudiusz ZychR&D Programmer2007-2009
Konrad TomaszkiewiczKonrad TomaszkiewiczVice President of Game Development
Game Director
Senior Designer
Profile PlaceholderKrystian JanikLegal Department Manager2011-Present
Krzysztof BieleninKrzysztof BieleninConcept Artist2007-2008
Profile PlaceholderKrzysztof BinkowskiHead of IT2002-2008
Profile PlaceholderKrzysztof Grudziński3d Artist2007
Lucjan WięcekLucjan WięcekEnvironment Art Director2005-Present
Profile PlaceholderŁukasz BurnetAnimator2007
Profile PlaceholderŁukasz MachPR Manager2005-2008
Łukasz PogodaŁukasz PogodaLocalization Coordinator2007
Łukasz ZiobrowskiŁukasz ZiobrowskiSenior Environment Artist2006-2011
Maciej CzerwonkaMaciej CzerwonkaLead Programmer
Lead Tools Programmer
Maciej KwiatkowskiMaciej KwiatkowskiMotion Capture Stuntman/Actor2006-Present
Maciej MachMaciej MachGame Designer
QA Manager
Maciej MiąsikMaciej MiąsikAudio and Tech Producer
Executive Producer
Profile PlaceholderMaciej SiniłoSenior Programmer
Lead Gameplay Programmer
Maciej SzcześnikMaciej SzcześnikLead Gameplay Designer2004-2014
Maja KonkolMaja KonkolExecutive Assistant2006-2009
Marcin BlachaMarcin BlachaStory Direcotr
Lead Writer
Marcin IwińskiMarcin Iwiński
Joint CEO
Marcin JaniszewskiMarcin JaniszewskiSenior Gameplay Designer
Game Designer
Profile PlaceholderMarcin JerzakTest Co-ordinator2007-2009
Marcin MakowskiMarcin MakowskiTester2007
Profile PlaceholderMarcin NowakCinematics2003-2006
Marek ZiemakMarek ZiemakProducer
Level Designer
Gameplay Designer
Game Tester
Marian ChomiakMarian ChomiakArt Director
Environmental Artist
Mateusz KanikMateusz KanikPrincipal Designer
Design Director
Game Director
Michał BuczkowskiMichał BuczkowskiEnvironment Artist2002-Present
Profile PlaceholderMichal LewandowskiSenior Analyst2007
Profile PlaceholderMichał MadejGame Lead Designer2007-2010
Michał MarcinkowskiMichał MarcinkowskiOpen World Designer2018-Present
Michał NowakMichał NowakMultiplayer Technical Director2018-Present
Michał PoniedzielskiMichał PoniedzielskiCutscene Editor2007
Michał SłapaMichał SłapaLead AI Programmer
Principal AI Programmer
Engine Programmer
Mieszko ZielińskiMieszko Zieliński
Senior AI Programmer2012
Profile PlaceholderPatryk BrzozowskiTechnical Artist2007-2015
Profile PlaceholderPaweł CzoppaQA Manager
Script Programmer
Profile PlaceholderPaweł DoboszConcept Artist2007-2010
Paweł MielniczukPaweł MielniczukArt Director
Lead Character Artist
CG Specialist
Paweł MiłkowskiPaweł MiłkowskiProduction Coordinator2007-2008
Paweł WysłowskiPaweł WysłowskiGame Designer
Test Coordinator
Profile PlaceholderPiotr ChomiakAnimator2005-2011
Profile PlaceholderPiotr JaniszewskiSenior Animator
Senior Cinematic Artist
Profile PlaceholderPiotr PanasewiczEditor-in-Chief
Communication Coordinator
Profile PlaceholderPiotr Szymański
QA Specialist2007-2009
Piotr ŻyłaPiotr Żyła
Robert DąbrowskiRobert Dąbrowski
Graphic / Art Director2002-2008
Robert WesołowskiRobert WesołowskiCFO
Member of the Board
Ryszard ChojnowskiRyszard ChojnowskiProject Lead2003-2004
Profile PlaceholderSebastian StępieńNarrative and Setting Director
Creative Director
Sylwia ŻółkiewskaSylwia Żółkiewska
Junior Image Artist2007
Tom OhleTom OhleVP, PR & Marketing2008-2010
Tomasz GopTomasz GopSenior Producer
Assistant Producer
Tomasz MarchewkaTomasz MarchewkaLead Story Writer2013-Present
Profile PlaceholderTomasz OchalikCharacters Support2006-2007
Tomasz PolitTomasz PolitEnvironment Artist2006-2010
Tomasz PrzechodzkiTomasz PrzechodzkiPhysics Programmer2004-2005
Profile PlaceholderTomasz SkibaIT Manager2006-Present
Tomasz WójcikTomasz WójcikPrincipal Programmer
Senior Programmer
Witold KozlowskiWitold KozlowskiPR & Marketing Intern2007
Zbigniew WafflardZbigniew WafflardPR Specialist2007-2008