Epic Games’ charismatic Design Director Cliff Bleszinski has announced his departure from Epic Games today, via his Twitter account and a post on the Epic Games website. Cliff has worked on over thirty titles, spanning a variety of genres — most notably the Jazz Jackrabbit, Unreal Tournament, and Gears of War franchises. While his work at Epic won’t soon be forgotten, we look forward to whatever comes next for the talented creator.
You can check out the full statement on the Epic Games website, and follow Cliff’s twitter and personal website to keep up to date on where the future will take him.
The League of Legends World Championship starts up tomorrow, marking the close of the second “season” of the popular free to play MOBA. Riot Games took the eSports world by storm, punctuated with the end of their first season which touted a prize pool of $100,000 USD. This season the prize pool has increased significantly, to a grand total of $2,000,000 USD.
In a post by Rupert Loman on the Eurogamer forums, The Eurogamer Expo has decided to ban booth babes from the event, joining the Penny Arcade Expos among conventions who don’t allow the practice. A simple observation of the conversations that happen online every time a convention rolls around show that a large number of people associated with this industry in one way or another simply aren’t comfortable with booth babes, and it finally seems like the beginning of the end of this convention staple. If E3 ever follows suit we might live to see the practice abolished entirely.
Kotaku and Venturebeat have a pair of expansive looks into the allegations of racism at San Fransisco based social game company Kixeye, including the full text of the now deleted blog post made by the victim. While the original post from the former employee itself contains a slight touch of the author’s own racism aimed back at the Kixeye employees, if any of the allegations leveled at Kixeye are true that company needs to fire those people and get its shit together.
Kixeye CEO Will Harbin has released a statement to Kotaku and Venturebeat that this kind of thing will not be tolerated and that they have taken “substantial corrective action” within the company. Good, but not good enough.