In a recent report posted up on another publication site, it looks as if Cliff Bleszinski isn’t too happy with Epic Games and feels that the company is poaching developers from Boss Key Productions.
A new report has gone up over on comicbook.com about Cliff Bleszinski and his claims of Epic Games poaching developers from Boss Key Productions. With Radical Heights out now, which is a Battle Royale game, allegations have arisen with Bleszinski stating that Fortnite’s Epic Games are stealing his team members.
The publication site posted the following tweets from Bleszinski’s Twitter account:
There's room at this genre for more than a few games SMH
— Cliff Bleszinski (@therealcliffyb) April 13, 2018
The site followed up Bleszinski’s claims about Epic Games supposedly poaching members away from Boss Key Productions with tweets from fans and developers, too.
William McCarroll, a former Boss Key Productions dev who then went to Epic Games, tweeted to Bleszinski the following:
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
There’s no proper way of telling how Radical Heights is performing right now and how fans are receiving the Battle Royale game, but we can estimate here by using a service similar to Steam Spy called steamdb.info.
As listed above on April 13th, although you should take it with a grain of salt given that it does not represent the full picture, we can see the game had a strong bleed off of 194,464 Twitch viewers and now averages around 5,000 to 3,000 Twitch views a day.
As for players, the game is pulling in around 7,000 to 6,000 players a day, and reflects an all-time peak of 12,757 on April 14th.
It’ll be interesting to see how this game will perform and how Bleszinski will react to later stages of Radical Heights through early access, beta and if it can make it to a full release.
As it stands right now, it is unclear if developers of Boss Key Productions are just moving to other studios such as Epic Games (like McCarroll) or if there is poaching going on, but what is for certain is that Bleszinski isn’t too happy with Epic games.
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