Randy Pitchfords never ending hole

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#1 Edited by uninspiredcup (33254 posts) -

Honest man or claptrap?

https://www.gamesindustry.biz/articles/2019-05-07-claptrap-voice-actor-accuses-randy-pitchford-amid-pay-dispute

https://www.eurogamer.net/articles/2019-05-07-tensions-between-claptrap-voice-actor-and-borderlands-studio-reach-fever-pitch

Tensions between Claptrap voice actor and Borderlands studio reach fever pitch

UPDATE: Gearbox says it takes assault claim "very seriously" but will "abstain from commenting on the allegations".

UPDATE: Eurogamer has received comment from Gearbox on the physical assault allegation made by David Eddings against Gearbox CEO Randy Pitchford.

Here's the statement in full:

"Gearbox takes any and all claims of this nature very seriously and we will abstain from commenting on the allegations Dave is making because it is a personnel matter. We appreciate David's contributions to the Borderlands franchise and have continued to assert we would welcome him back into the mix as the voice of Claptrap and other future opportunities."

ORIGINAL STORY: If you thought the Borderlands 3 drama was going to stop at Gearbox CEO Randy Pitchford's ongoing lawsuits, his Twitter tirade over microtransactions or the Claptrap voice actor's claim he wasn't paid for his performances in the first two games, I've got news for you. The latter dispute has evolved into something truly nasty, with Claptrap voice actor and former Gearbox employee David Eddings claiming Pitchford once physically assaulted him in a hotel lobby. Yikes.

The latest argument began when Eddings explained he wouldn't be reprising his role as Claptrap in Borderlands 3, as apparently after "insist[ing] on getting paid" Gearbox chose to hire a different voice actor. Eddings also referenced Pitchford's legal dispute, in which the CEO has been accused of taking a secret $12m bonus.

"I'm not telling them how to run their business but maybe next time they should put the $12m payment from 2K in the Gearbox bank account instead," Eddings remarked.

Pitchford then stated Eddings was "paid very handsomely during his employment" and was "made a relatively generous offer to reprise the role", but turned the opportunity down. In a statement made to IGN, Gearbox clarified it "offer[s] the opportunity for salaried employees to voice characters in the game, but is not a mandatory responsibility to their job requirements". Gearbox says Eddings was offered an industry standard rate, but an agreement could not be reached.

Unfortunately, Pitchford then felt the need to call Eddings "bitter and disgruntled about having been terminated" on Twitter, adding Eddings was actually "offered 2x scale" to do the performance.

Still with us? This brings us to the current state of affairs, in which Eddings claims Pitchford physically assaulted him in 2017.

"I was fine moving on after Gearbox. But when my former boss starts mouthing off about various aspects of my employment including 'how highly compensated' I was and how 'generous' he is, I feel obligated to correct the record," Eddings wrote on Twitter.

"I ultimately offered to do it for 'free' in exchange for past royalties owed plus an apology for something I've never spoken about publicly until now: Randy physically assaulted me in the lobby of the Marriott Marquis at GDC 2017."

Eddings followed up the accusation by remarking Pitchford has "been on tilt" for several years, while also casting suspicion on 2K's refusal to give a statement on the ongoing lawsuit.

Eurogamer has contacted 2K for comment on the physical assault allegation.

Incredibly, while this may be the most dramatic (and serious) Borderlands 3 voice actor dispute, it's not the first. A few weeks ago Pitchford claimed Troy Baker had turned down an offer to reprise his role, but Baker insisted Gearbox told him he wouldn't come back.

"I think it's interesting that Randy Pitchford tweeted out that I turned it down, and then he said he heard that I turned it down," Baker said in response to Pitchford's comments. "So maybe... I would fact check before I tweeted out to the internet."

Borderlands 3's launch has so far been overshadowed by several dramas surrounding one person, and the allegation of physical assault is a particularly serious one. It's unclear whether Eddings filed a police report at the time, and the circumstances surrounding the incident are unknown. Pitchford is yet to respond, but it might be wise to keep an eye on that Twitter feed. One thing's for sure - this particular dispute has stepped up a gear.

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#2 Posted by Howmakewood (5859 posts) -

Doubt he can even tell if he's lying or not himself

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#3 Posted by Ant_17 (12410 posts) -

You can't say Randy doesn't make heads turn when he shows up.

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#4 Posted by pyro1245 (4990 posts) -

He seems like a very unprofessional man.

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#5 Edited by BassMan (10172 posts) -

I don't know Randy, but there are so many sensitive little bitches these days. So many bullshit cries of assault or being made uncomfortable. People are fucked and it's hard to take any of this shit seriously.

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#6 Edited by Ten_Pints (3788 posts) -
@pyro1245 said:

He seems like a very unprofessional man.

I don't mind if people are "unprofessional" whatever that means, but in this case he is a total nob end.

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#7 Posted by Archangel3371 (27892 posts) -

That sucks. Claptrap is my favourite character so I don’t know how having a different voice actor will make me feel about him in Borderlands 3.

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#8 Posted by warmblur (2338 posts) -

I wish David Copperfield would make him disappear.

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#9 Edited by madrocketeer (6588 posts) -

If the allegations have weight, take it to the cops or some kind of formalised investigation process. Otherwise, this is all just "he says, he says."

Until that happens, meh. I play games, not personal drama. That's between Mr. Pitchford and Mr. Edding, and none of my business.

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#10 Posted by Raining51 (1012 posts) -

Gearbox... so so developer.

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#11 Posted by DocSanchez (5266 posts) -

Another woke warrior who ends up a creep. Add it to the pile.

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#12 Posted by IMAHAPYHIPPO (3396 posts) -

@howmakewood said:

Doubt he can even tell if he's lying or not himself

He can. This documentary is friggin awesome regardless, but Pitchford comes in around the twenty minute mark. Watch the way his body language changes when he starts making accusations about Valve mistreating Gearbox during the Half Life expansions development. Dude can't keep his eyes open when he's lying through his teeth.

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#13 Posted by lamprey263 (36108 posts) -

There's a lot layers of scandal here. Ignoring accusations of Randy Pitchford's sex crimes and physical assault, the part about pocketing $12 million caught my eye. I've seen some news sources say he pocketed $12 million in funding from the publishers that was supposed to go to development of Borderlands 2, but in others I have seen it written that the $12 million he took was money that was royalties supposed to go to Gearbox staff. Anyhow, child pornography, hosting parties where minors were exposd to by grown men, misappropriating money (he did it for Colonial Marines too), and physical assault, how is this clown not in prison?!?!

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#14 Edited by AJStyles (813 posts) -

@lamprey263: Murica!

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#15 Posted by Gatygun (1467 posts) -
@BassMan said:

I don't know Randy, but there are so many sensitive little bitches these days. So many bullshit cries of assault or being made uncomfortable. People are fucked and it's hard to take any of this shit seriously.

Pretty much. You could have looked past somebody and she could feel like being ignored and discriminated because of it.

When people keep shouting alarm for every nothing burger, when things really happen nobody will believe you anymore.

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#16 Edited by uninspiredcup (33254 posts) -

I really admire Randy for this, ever since that annoying unfunny jarjar showed up I've wanted to punch the voice actor.

The fact he wasn't getting paid is even better.

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#17 Posted by DaVillain- (36438 posts) -

That guy sounds like a fool! First he agrees to do voice work for free, then has a change of heart? Sounds like pure greed to me. If he wanted the money, then ask for it upfront or GTFO. And if he was angry that Pitfchford, "assaulted him" call the damn cops immediately and sue his ass or he shouldn't be talking. Why do people rush to Twitter and say this shit instead of calling the Cops?

Would be nice to see Randy's meltdown on Twitter.

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#18 Posted by lamprey263 (36108 posts) -

@davillain-: i think I heard the other day he agreed to do voice work for free conditionally, requiring (1) he get an apology from Randy Pitchford for being physically assaulted and (2) het get paid for past royalties owed, which I assume is why he mentions Randy Pitchford misappropriating $12 million that was supposed to be set aside as royalty payments to studio staff

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#19 Posted by Raining51 (1012 posts) -

This... title...

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#20 Posted by XVision84 (15964 posts) -

The title can be interpreted in a very very dirty way.