The Witcher 3's sales on Steam have surpassed 50 million USD since October 2018. This means that CD Projekt Red can take advantage of Steam's new policy from that date and start taking in 80% on each subsequent sale.
The independent developer thanked their fans for making this possible on Twitter:
The accumulated revenue from sales of The Witcher 3 on @Steam platform for the period of time between October 1st 2018 and today has exceeded 50M USD. As a result, we are now getting 80% on any subsequent sales of TW3 on Steam.— CD PROJEKT IR (@CDPROJEKTRED_IR) February 20, 2020
Thank you all for your support! pic.twitter.com/JgNgrrI5h0
Respondents in the tweet's thread were quick to point out that CD Projekt is one of only a few AAA developers who would thank their fans for such an accomplishment. Some also commented that GOG - owned by CD Projekt Red - is the only platform people should be buying their games on.
On Steam sales Valve takes a 30% cut from each sale until the developer reaches a certain milestone. Beginning October 1, 2018, Valve implemented this new incentive system. By it, once a game makes over 10 million USD the developer's cut increases to 75%. At 50 million in sales, this goes to 80%.
The sales used to determine those revenue amounts include DLC, so The Witcher 3's DLC Hearts of Stone and Blood and Wine would be part of CD Projekt's 50 million.
The Witcher 3 has long been a bestseller. Since its launch, it's also received multiple game of the year awards, two DLC updates, a spinoff game based on gwent, and, likely more than its predecessors, inspired a Netflix series.
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