I wish them all the best and I will forever buy their games on day 1 but I don't think this issue is solved by simply getting rid of DRM because it supposedly doesn't work. I can only speak for myself. I stopped pirating games because of DRM. When I had to regularly install data from cracking groups three layers deep into my registry to play a game for free, things got too far. Everyone has to decide for themselves how much a game is worth to them and how much hassle they are willing to take. I don't want to imagine what happens when you take the work to make a game run completely out of that equation. Random thoughts going through my head right now:
If every game was DRM-free, CDPR would lose out on the publicity. How many people are buying their games just to support their cause without having any interest in their games?
The Witcher series sold more than 5 million copies. Do they count copies of The Witcher 1 that were given away for free? How many of those are from The Witcher 2? How many of those are the console or Steam versions vs. GOG.com? The games are so good, why isn't that number higher? In 2011 the reported pirated copies of The Witcher 2 were just under 5 million, likely mucher higher now. And those were probably just torrenters. I don't think you can track file hosters, which were more popular 2 years ago.