After spending 20 years as one of the top figures at Epic Games, Cliff Bleszinski struck out on his own and founded Boss Key Productions. The new studio’s first game, LawBreakers, was a commercial failure, and Boss Key has ceased all updates after less than a year. Almost immediately after announcing this, Boss Key launched a new game (in Early Access) called Radical Heights.
Despite the studio’s rocky debut, it would appear that some of the development talent is in high demand. In fact, Bleszinski claims that his former longtime employer is actively poaching his current staff. In a tweet directed at Epic Games, Bleszinski used a GIF of Jensen Ackles saying “Not cool” to express his displeasure at the fact that his employees have been made job offers. He then followed it up by saying “There’s room at this genre for more than a few games SMH.”
No employer likes losing good staff, but I wouldn’t go so far as to say it’s “not cool” for a video game development company to offer a video game developer a job. I think most people find having more job options available is, in fact, pretty cool. Bleszinski would also do well to remember that he hired Epic employees away to join Boss Key in the first place, so they’d just be returning fire.
— Cliff Bleszinski (@therealcliffyb) April 13, 2018