Developer, CD Projekt Red, have shared that in the period from October 2018 to the 20th of February 2020, Witcher 3 sales have exceeded $50 million on Steam alone. Being a period that’s 3 to almost 5 years after its launch on a single platform, that’s indeed an incredible feat.
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.
Thank you all for your support! pic.twitter.com/JgNgrrI5h0
— CD PROJEKT IR (@CDPROJEKTRED_IR) February 20, 2020
The icing on the money-flavoured cake is of course that The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt now qualifies for the highest tier on Steam’s revenue sharing agreement. Until a game makes its first $10 million in revenue, only 70% of that money goes to the developer while the rest goes to Valve, the company behind Steam. After that, said developer gets to keep 75%. Then, when reaching what would seem impossible for a smaller developer, hitting the $50 million mark means that 80% of subsequent Steam sales goes right back to those like CD Projekt Red. Hooray.
Thanks to the popularity and acclaim of The Witcher Netflix series, this milestone for the game only seemed like a matter of time. Since being available for streaming from December 2019, Witcher 3 sales went up by 500%, becoming one of Steam’s best-selling games for that year, with further sales to Andrzej Sapkowski’s original book series.
The series’ confirmed second season has already started production for a 2021 release, so it’s definite we’ll be seeing lots more coins tossed to The Witcher 3 in the coming years.