Cliff Bleszinski has been keeping busy on the talk circuit, having done panels and keynotes at SXSW 2013, PAX East and the East Coast Games Conference. The currently retired former game design director of Epic Games will eventually step back into the development game with a new project, but for now he’s enjoying life.
The creator of Jazz Jackrabbit was an instrumental creative cog in the Gears of War franchise that has earned publisher Microsoft over $1 billion in sales before the recent launch of Gears of War Judgment. As a “free agent,” he can work with any of the big game publishers on his next project, including Microsoft.
Bleszinski, who is still known by fans as “Cliffy B,” has been a fan of eSports, attending Major League Gaming (MLG) events in Raleigh. He talks about competitive gaming and the challenges of keeping franchises fresh in this exclusive interview.