I don’t think it says 100 BHG employees will be hired by Epic.
It currently says “Many of the 80 employees [who found themselves out of work] will be starting new jobs soon as employees of Epic Games.” Although I swear it said “Many of the 100” when I read it the first time.
My guess is that one of the reasons Epic is willing to spend mega$ at all is because the current team is experienced with “Reckoning-like RPGs.” Making a new RTS at this point would be much riskier, and not nearly as appealing for a would-be investor like Epic.
As for where to cast your vote - the answer would be Kickstarter, my friend. ;)
I’m still unsure if I should be bummed about the death of RTS as a commercially viable genre. On the one hand, I never liked them. On the other, I’m now old enough that genres that were too frenetic for me to enjoy are dying as too old fashioned.
Well, the first one did sell over a million units, and I’m sure Epic believes they can do a better job marketing the next one. There are certainly risks involved, but the likelihood Epic completely loses its shirt over this is very small. Without a doubt, one of the greatest challenges facing game companies these days is finding good talent, and I can definitely see how the opportunity to basically absorb the core of an entire studio would be VERY appealing.