CD Projekt said they are refocusing GOG, their digital storefront, “more on its core business”. This is in response to the store’s loss of money – around $ 2.21 million since the start of the year.
“As far as GOG is concerned, its performance presents a challenge, and we have recently taken steps to improve its financial position,” CD Projekt CFO Piotr Nielubowicz said on a quarterly earnings conference call on Monday. . “First and foremost, we have decided that GOG should focus more on its core business, which means offering a selection of handpicked games with its unique DRM-free philosophy. In line with this approach, changes will be made. to the team structure. ”
The GOG news was included in CD Projekt’s third quarter financial results, as reported by GI.biz. GOG recorded consecutive losses in the first three quarters of 2021, compared to stable profit in the same period last year.
This is not the first time that GOG has changed its mandate. The showcase was launched initially as Good Old Games, focused on relaunching unavailable or hard-to-get classic games and making them available DRM-free. In recent years, they’ve broadened their approach to also include new games, keys for other storefronts, and a store-independent game launcher called GOG Galaxy. In 2019, GOG laid off around 10% of its staff.
What “handpicked selection of games” means in practice is unclear. Maybe they are currently selecting the games for sale with their feet. Or maybe it means being more selective and not oopsy-doopsy leaving Hitman on the store when he basically has DRM.
CD Projekt also spoke about their future Cyberpunk 2077 plans during the same investor explosion.