Bleszinski reckons Epic is trying to steal Boss Key staff

Joanna Estrada
April 17, 2018

The veteran games designer followed up his Tweet with another post saying the industry is big enough for more than one title in a genre, clearly referencing fact Radical Heights is competing in the battle royale space alongside Epic's Fortnite.

However, it seems like the game's development may already be in trouble because Bleszinski recently accused Epic Games of trying to steal Boss Key's staff on Twitter.

"We just launched @Radical_Heights on #UE4 and are really happy with how it's going".

Bleszinski added that if this keeps on happening, Radical Heights might not make it to the market because the studio won't have many experienced developers. The two games are very different once you get down to playing them, obviously, but some similarities are hard to deny.

The accusation was publicly made on Twitter (thanks Ars Technica), in which Bleszinski directly tagged Epic Games' official account asking it to "please stop trying to hire away my team?"

But just because Boss Key is a relatively positive place to work and no one at Epic Games is explicitly poaching developer from Boss Key, there are other reasons why developers may want to leave.

"With all due respect, assuming that Epic is the one starting contact / poaching is a bit presumptuous". The new Epic Games employee closes out the tweet reminding CliffyB that "we are people first and foremost". After a brief retirement, the developer returned, founding Boss Key Productions. Brussee - who was also a co-founder of Guerilla Games - left Boss Key to work on "exciting secret project" for Epic Games.

Boss Key uses Epic's Unreal Engine 4 to develop both LawBreakers as well as Radical Heights.

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