Cliff Bleszinski calls out Fortnite studio over alleged employee poaching

Cliff Bleszinski calls out Fortnite studio over alleged employee poaching

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.

Radical Heights developer Boss Key's boss, former Epic Games developer and director Cliff Bleszinski took to Twitter to fire off a few unhappy words at his former employee over their HR practices. Furthermore, the developer says that the team is "really happy" with how the launch of Radical Heights has gone.

Bleszinski later added that "We have plenty of ways to make it our own but they may never see the light of day if they keep doing this", indicating that the move to attract Boss Key developers was recent.

The similarities between Fortnite and Radical Heights, both of which are battle royale shooters with colourful aesthetics, are likely a factor.

There's no mention of Brusee in this new allegation, or if Epic is poaching even more of Boss Key's talent.

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?"

"With all due respect, assuming that Epic is the one starting contact / poaching is a bit presumptuous. We are people first and foremost", said McCarroll. It saw the 1980's themed newcomer reach player numbers that developer Boss Key Studios previous game, Lawbreakers, could only dream of. A few months ago, Boss Key's cofounder Arjan Brussee joined Epic Games after LawBreakers failed.

Hopefully no more staff will leave Boss Key Productions and Radical Heights will leave early access soon.

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