The Witcher 2: Assassins of Kings sold nearly a quarter of a million copies through digital distribution channels between May 17 and October 30, publisher CD Projekt has announced. The company revealed in late August that it had reached nearly a million sales of the RPG between retail and digital.

CD Projekt's DRM-free digital distribution service GOG.com sold approximately 35,000 copies of the game, with Steam picking up the five-headed lion's share with 195,000 sales. According to the publisher, "all other digital distribution outlets combined sold approximately ten thousand units."

"The digital sales of The Witcher 2 have exceeded our expectations. We are even more pleased that our own platform GOG.com had such a great share in the Witcher's success," said Marcin Iwiński, co-founder of CD Projekt Group. "The performance of GOG.com in selling new titles is not completely surprising, as we have said for years that DRM isn't necessary. It is gratifying to see that the only platform that offered The Witcher 2 DRM-free from launch has performed so well."

Well, yes, but over 550 percent more went the Steam route. So, the crowd angry enough about DRM to vote with their wallets form a vocal minority. It's not hard to see why Ubisoft, which has been one of the harshest of publishers when it comes to DRM, considers it a success.
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The Witcher 2 : Assassins of Kings Digital Sales Numbers Revealed for First 6 Months

(Warsaw, 10/11/11) Nearly a quarter of a million digital copies of The Witcher 2: Assassins of Kings were downloaded across all official digital distribution channels between the 17th of May and the 30th of October, 2011. CD Projekt's DRM-free digital sales platform GOG.com has sold the second most units across all platforms, with approximately 35,000 copies sold over the first 6 months. Most of the digital copies of The Witcher 2 were purchased through Steam, with more than one hundred and ninety-five thousand units sold, while all other digital distribution outlets combined sold approximately ten thousand units.

Said Marcin Iwiński, " The digital sales of The Witcher 2 have exceeded our expectations. We are even more pleased that our own platform GOG.com had such a great share in the Witcher's success. The performence of GOG.com in selling new titles is not completely surprising, as we have said for years that DRM isn't necessary. It is gratifying to see that the only platform that offered The Witcher 2 DRM-free from launch has performed so well. We're confident that many gamers who haven't had a chance to purchase The Witcher 2 just yet will take advantage of holiday specials and continue to expand our fanbase."

The Witcher 2 has been under a rigorous schedule of updates, with free content, bug fixes, and free DLC added to the game multiple times after launch. Now on version 2.0, it includes gameplay modes, difficulty levels, and many items that were not available at launch, expanding this award-winning RPG even further.

This article was originally published on Joystiq.