the way i look at it, GOG had very little to do with the decision made by CDPR higher ups to insert DRM into CDPR's newest game.
Yeeees, the social media manager seems to have acted like a utter nitwit announcing that one game over the chinese version of twitter, but his actions do not reflect on gog as a whole. Of course, GOG predictably backpedaled so far that they jumped too far the other way in trying to appease everyone. I don't like this one bit.
GOG makes little enough money as it is compared to other storefronts. No other storefront that I know of has many of GOG's fine titles, including that I have been saving towards for literal years and gradually acquiring (a massive amount of that through the generosity of others! I've also been tossing most of my non-bundle-purchase money GOG's way.)
IF gog loses money as a subsidiary of CDPR, the board is more likely to either a) close it b) spin it off or c) sell it. GOG doesn't really make enough to make a go of it on its own in any sort of meaningful way as a AAA store (the way they do now) without the bankroll and reputation of CDPR behind it. If the current issues of attracting AAA games seems bad, just wait until the company becomes much smaller.
Since it is the current leaders who have been the only "drm is generally bad" voices in the industry with their own storefront, the outlook for games and gamers as a whole would be infinitely worse. The same goes for if they sell it off to another company instead. Would MS's or EA's bigwigs care one hoot about DRM? YES--but only as long as it took them to insert DRM into everything in the store.
The only way to keep either of these Very Bad scenarios from happening is to support GOG more than ever with our purchases, while making sure GOG's Directors know we are quit unhappy with their PR department and some associated decisions.
As such, I intend to make some purchases that i can't really afford right now, trusting that I will be able to afford them retroactively--all with the ultimate goal of keeping GOG--who, despite their (sometimes glaring) flaws, remains one of the best storefronts in the marketplace in terms of general ideals and offline installers and OLD titles that no other publisher bothers to touch--literally saving many games from the dustbin of history for those of us without the know-how, resources, or patience to get a DOS or 8 / 16-bit program running on a modern 64-bit PC.
see my comment above please
Post edited December 31, 2020 by Microfish_1