A former Boss Key Productions employee who currently works at Epic Games has responded to a few incendiary tweets from Cliff Bleszinski over the weekend, claiming that Epic has been slowly "hiring away" his team at the new studio. Bleszinski is the CEO of Boss Key Productions, and the team just launched new game show-like multiplayer shooter Radical Heights.
Previously, Bleszinski had tweeted to Epic Games to ask them if the company could "please stop trying to hire away" his team, commenting that they'd just launched Radical Heights and are "really happy" with how it's going -- despite the fact that it launched with a slightly higher player count than LawBreakers' all-time peak.
After his co-founder and friend Arjan Brussee departed Boss Key Productions to work at Epic Games for a "secret project", Bleszinski has seemed increasingly dissatisfied with the company, though Epic hasn't made any responses to his tweets in an official capacity.
However, new Epic Games senior programmer William McCarroll, who left Boss Key Productions last month, did tweet a response to Cliff's accusatory remarks. He stated that “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 [Boss Key Productions] for Epic, and to act like we are commodities being stolen is a bit hurtful. We are people first and foremost.”
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.— William McCarroll (@NerdbloggerWil) April 14, 2018
Bleszinski has remained silent since McCarroll offered a response, as has Epic Games. With tumultuous projects like LawBreakers and Radical Heights at Boss Key Productions and Fortnite at Epic Games, it's a no-brainer that employees would flock to the studio with more hits currently under its belt for a bit more stability when it comes to their careers. Perhaps that's something that Bleszinski should keep in mind when looking at things from an employee's perspective.