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'The Witcher School' forced to close due to political controversy

‘The Witcher School’ forced to close due to political controversy

Geralt is standing in a bar while a group of men look at him.

picture: Red Projekt CD

Until recently, the “Witcher School” in Poland organized live action role-playing (LARP) events for fans of the hugely popular fantasy series with the official blessing of the the witcher-Series Game CD Projekt Red publisher. But its organizers, a company called 5 Żywiołów last Friday, announce that the “school” would be closed permanently, citing CDPR’s decision to withdraw its license. Organizers of the event claim it was due to an employee working for a far-right conservative group that opposes abortion and LGBT rights. (free Eurogamer)

to me Post Comment on Facebook From the organizers of the “Witcher School”, “CDPR terminated the license agreement” with three months’ notice Back in late February. While CDPR did not respond to a request for comment at the time of publication, it has been during a period of time Denial The media interest About one of the female employees, Anna Wurzyniak.

In a letter to KotakuŻywiołów, 5 Żywiołów said that Wawrzyniak worked on the Witcher School project from 2017 to 2019. She also Drafting legal opinions For Urdu Joris, that highly conservative think tank That was ‘helpful in Poland’ Almost complete ban on abortion and influential in the creation of LGBTQ-free zones. “

Event company co-founder Dastin Wawrzyniak (wife of Anna Wawrzyniak) said: Kotaku That her relationship with the game studio was previously “cool”. He said 5 Żywiołów frequently worked at CDPR and would be organizing an outing for studio staff. CDPR was not involved in crafting the LARP plot, but the Witcher School license allowed the event company to use characters from the witcher Games to tell original stories.

5 Żywiołów stressed that the company separates the professional and private areas of its employees. “We still do not plan to evaluate the opinions and activities in the private sphere of our colleagues and participants,” she wrote. Reply to a comment under the Friday statement. “This will open Pandora’s box full of prejudices and quarrels…You know we’ve created a very comprehensive project, without paying attention to the differences and divisions.”

The sense makes sense if you’re talking about pineapple on pizza and not, say, whether or not your employer is trying to ban abortion or legalize gay Poles outside public life. Which is exactly what Urdu Joris successfully achieved.

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