UPDATE: Bleszinski has stated via Twitter that Boss Key’s employees were notified of the studio’s closure via a typical meeting. We have therefore removed some of the more impugning statements of our original story.
When companies shut down, it’s rarely pretty. Even so, good leadership tries to treat its employees right, even up to the end. Bad leadership, on the other hand, thinks of its employees as little more than objects it owns and can be set aside without a second thought. (Of course, if leadership was good in the first place, maybe the company wouldn’t be in need of shutting down…)
Former Radical Heights Lead Producer Ron Lajoie indicated via Twitter yesterday that he learned of Boss Key Productions ceasing operations via his 10-year-old daughter, who saw Cliff Bleszinski’s announcement:
Tfw your 10yr old daughter sends a screenshot of the press release about your studio shutting down and asking if everything is going to be ok
— Ron LaJoie (@ron_lajoie) May 14, 2018
Considering that there was a Radical Heights tournament just last week and Lajoie was able to reveal patch notes that were scheduled to go live on May 21, it seems that — while not totally unexpected — Boss Key’s shuttering on Monday was a surprise to everyone who worked there.
Da-bomb to MMORPG.com for finding Lajoie’s tweets!