Boss Key co-founder Cliff Bleszinski says he may not make video games anymore following an interaction with what looks like a troll account.
Yesterday a new Twitter account tweeted at Bleszinski angry that Boss Key didn't issue refunds for Lawbreakers, the studio's debut game which was shut down after a year of service. Bleszinski, who co-founded Boss Key and created the Gears of War series at Epic responded:
"I paid my employees, their 401ks, and their health care – even months after the studio folded. So they could care for their families. I didn't take a salary myself for two years. I get you're sad, but god, this kinda shit is another reason I am NEVER making another game." Although one former employee said their severance lasted three weeks to which Bleszinski corrected "Maybe I used hyperbole."
I paid my employees, their 401ks, and their health care - even months after the studio folded. So they could care for their families. I didn't take a salary myself for two years. I get you're sad, but god, this kinda shit is another reason I am NEVER making another game. http://go.redirectingat.com?id=87431X1573192&xs=1&url=https%3A%2F%2Ft.co%2FRtS7l5WcAl— Cliff Bleszinski (@therealcliffyb) November 15, 2018
GamesIndustry.biz followed up with Bleszinski to ask if he was genuine in his response to the account to which Bleszinski said, "I'm done." It should be noted that Bleszinski said he would be done making games after leaving Epic in 2012 and announced his retirement.
Boss Key Productions officially launched Lawbreakers in 2017 with Nexon. However, poor sales and player count led to Nexon dropping LawBreakers a little over a year later. Boss Key then released an early access for Radical Heights, a battle royale game but that too failed to hit with audiences. Bleszinski announced the company's shut down on Twitter back in May.