Fortnite studio called out by Gears of War director over hiring practices
Former Epic Games developer and director Cliff "CliffyB" Bleszinski took public shots at his former employer on Friday in what appears to be a hiring dispute.
"Hey @epicgames, could you please stop trying to hire away my team?" Bleszinski, who currently runs a studio called Boss Key Productions, wrote on Twitter on Friday afternoon. "We just launched @Radical_Heights on #UE4 and are really happy with how it’s going." The tweet included a GIF of the phrase "not cool."
Bleszinski followed this up with an insinuation that this alleged employee poaching has to do with his studio's new "X-Treme Early Access" game Radical Heights, which bears a striking resemblance to Epic's hugely popular Fortnite Battle Royale. "There's room at this genre for more than a few games SMH [shaking my head]," he wrote in one Tweet, while in another, he added, "We have plenty of ways to make [Radical Heights] our own but they may never see the light of day if [Epic] keeps doing this."