CD Projekt makes menstrual leaves official a year after GOG

CD Projekt is leading the way for workplace inclusivity in the video game industry amidst reports of sexual harassment in other companies.

Close to a year ago, GOG gave employees paid time off for period pain, to foster inclusivity within the company as well as eliminate the taboo surrounding periods in the workplace. At the time, CD Projekt, the parent company of GOG, revealed it was looking into it. Now, CDPR has made it official.

CDPR is one of the few gaming companies that actually does the right thing most of the time.

CDPR confirmed the news on Twitter where it said that the initiative was done for the purpose of "inclusivity and fostering a supportive workplace."

CDPR also credited GOG for taking the initiative.

At the end of the day, Cyberpunk 2077 still sold a lot of copies and kickstarted a new franchise for CDPR.

For all the criticism that CD Projekt RED received for the botched launch of Cyberpunk 2077 years ago, the company has done a lot of things to make up for it. This progressive policy is just one of the many things that CDPR has done in recent years.

Even before the Cyberpunk 2077 fiasco, CDPR made headlines for eschewing the industry practice of using DENUVO anti-piracy software in its games, among others. CDPR created GOG specifically so that it can distribute DRM-free games.

With that said, CDPR is one of the largest video game publishers in the world. Despite the recent slide in its valuation, CDPR is still worth over $2.6 billion.

As it makes the policy standard, it can lead by example so that others may follow suit. As of the time of writing, menstrual leave is a relatively new concept in the gaming industry but it's also become standard at a national level in countries like Japan, South Korea, Indonesia, Taiwan, and Zambia.

In other CDPR news, the studio is currently hard at work on the Phantom Liberty expansion for Cyberpunk 2077. CDPR is believed to have delayed work on the multiplayer The Witcher spin-off.

Ray Ampoloquio
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