Real-Life Witcher School Shut Down After CDPR Pulls License

A real-life Witcher school live-action role-playing event in Poland will be closing down, and its organizers have cited CD Projekt Red’s decision to pull its license as the reason behind the closure. 5 Żywiołów, the company behind the school that taught fencing, leatherwork, how to cast magical signs, and more, claimed in a Facebook post (via Eurogamer) that CDPR “terminated the license agreement” with a three-month notice back in February due to negative media attention that staff member Anna Wawrzyniak had generated.

Wawrzyniak, who is the wife of 5 Żywiołów founder Dastin Wawrzyniak, worked as a lawyer for the company from 2017-2019 and was commissioned by the ultra-conservative Polish Catholic organization Ordo Iuris to work on “the legal mechanisms for introducing and enforcing the vaccination obligation and the possible consequences of failure to comply with it.” She was also working on “the draft of a law penalizing illegal abortion,” according to the Facebook post.

Ordo Iuris has been reported to be an anti-abortion and anti-LGBTQ+ organization, according to Polish media reports, and after 5 Żywiołów contacted CD Projekt Red to explain why Wawrzyniak was in these news stories, the publisher decided to cancel its licensing agreement with the live-action role-playing school.

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Author: Darryn Bonthuys