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Cliff Bleszinski Asks Epic to Stop Trying to Hire Away His Team

Bleszinski gets taken to task for treating employees like commodities.

Boss Key Productions’ Cliff Bleszinski has called out his former studio, Epic Games, for trying to poach his studio’s staff. “Hey Epic Games, could you please stop trying to hire away my team?” he tweeted, tagging the company. “We just launched Radical Heights on [Unreal Engine 4] and are really happy with how it’s going.” Last week, the LawBreakers developer launched its new free-to-play battle royale title Radical Heights on Steam.

It’s unclear if Boss Key’s employees are approaching Epic, or if Epic is approaching them, but the tweet implies the latter.

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“There’s room in this genre for more than a few games,” Bleszinski continued, saying Boss Key has plenty of ways of making Radical Heights something unique within the battle royale genre, but that those ideas “may never see the light of day if [Epic] keep[s] doing this.” Bleszinski left Epic Games in 2012 not long after Fortnite was announced. He founded Boss Key Productions in 2014 alongside fellow Epic alum, Arjan Brussee. Brussee left Boss Key at the end of last year to work on Fortnite mobile.

Just last month, Boss Key’s William McCarroll also left the studio for Epic Games, and replied to Bleszinski’s tweet, saying, “With all due respect, assuming that Epic is the one starting contact / poaching is a bit presumptuous. We all had our own reasons for making the choice to leave BKP for Epic, and to act like we are commodities being stolen is a bit hurtful. We are people first and foremost.”

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Radical Heights hit early access after only five months in development, and it shows.

The game performed well on Twitch during a brief Fortnite server outage that saw streamers like Ninja dive in while they waited for the servers to get back up and running. LawBreakers “failed to find enough of an audience to generate the funds necessary to keep it sustained,” Boss Key confirmed earlier this month, saying they were working on a new “passion project,” which was, presumably, Radical Heights. After a brief foray into the game ourselves, we said Radical Heights already stands out against PUBG and Fortnite, but it still has a long way to go.

Shabana is a freelance writer who enjoys JRPGs, wine, and not finishing games.

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