Use:

UGameplayStatics::CreatePlayer(World, Index,bSpawnActor) (Docs).

When creating a custom game mode it wasn’t clear in the documentation how ones goes about:

  1. Spawning a playercontroller
  2. Spawning a pawn
  3. assigning both to each other
  4. and possessing the pawn with the controller

So I basically did it all manually inside InitGame(). This cropped up some unwieldy UI focusing bugs. Once I replaced it with a call to CreatePlayer() things started working as intended. Hope this helps anyone who’s starting out in UE4¬†with C++.