Rowdy Randy Pitchford's The 12 million dollar man

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Oh dear. Oh dear oh dear oh dear.

Gearbox boss Randy Pitchford accused of taking secret $12m bonus, more during legal tussle with studio's former lawyer

Company calls allegations "absurd".

Gearbox CEO Randy Pitchford and the Borderlands studio's former general counsel are currently embroiled in a messy legal dispute, accusing each other of, among other things, breach of contract and breach of fiduciary duties, resulting in some extraordinary allegations being made.

Callender, for instance, claims that Pitchford struck a "side-deal" with 2K Games to secure a "personal, secretive 'Executive Bonus'" of $12 million USD. He also alleges Pitchford agreed to have his private "bonuses" (whether these are one and the same is unclear) counted as advances upon the royalties owed to Gearbox employees. As such, he says, employees "wont receive any of their accrued royalty or 'profit' shares until their work repays Randy's bonuses".

According to Kotaku, which broke the story, the fracas began when Gearbox sued Callender (a close friend of Pitchford's for over 40-years) for allegedly failing to repay money borrowed toward personal legal fees, as well as a $300,000 USD cash loan intended to help finance a new home purchase. On the latter point, Gearbox claims that Callender "knowingly and intentionally destroyed the written and executed Home Loan Agreement, which would prove to be evidence that would be harmful to his potential defenses in the case".

Gearbox also accuses Callender of misleading the studio with regard to certain tuition fees, and of using a company credit card for unapproved personal expenses, "including family vacations, gun club memberships and firearms accessories, and trying to get six-pack abs."

In response, Callender filed his own suit, accusing Pitchford of breaching his fiduciary duties "by exploiting Gearbox employees and property to fund [his] private cravings". Pitchford is also alleged to have violated Callender's employment contract and other miscellaneous contracts, including one related to a real estate company which both parties owned.

Pitchford, the filing claims, is "a manipulative and morally bankrupt CEO who shamefully exploited his oldest friend, a Texas attorney and military veteran named Wade Callender."

It's in this latter document that Callender's allegations are most severe. Alongside accusations surrounding the reported $12 million USD bonus, Callender puts forth other examples intended to illustrate Pitchford's alleged breach of judiciary duties, including an incident where Pitchford is claimed to have left a USB drive containing highly sensitive material (Gearbox employee details, development efforts, corporate partners, etc.) at a Medieval Times restaurant in Texas.

Here, the suit takes a darker turn, claiming that, "Upon information and belief, Randy Pitchford's USB drive also contained Randy Pitchford's personal collection of 'underage' pornography".

As noted by arstechnica, Pitchford himself corroborated elements of the USB stick story during an episode of The Piff Pod a day after Callender's suit was filed. In the podcast, he explains that a Medieval Times worker returned the stick "and also discovered the [camgirl] pornography. It was 'barely legal' porn. This girl's handle was 'Only 18.'" Pitchford claimed the stick contained one image, and that his executive assistant checked the returned device while he was away on holiday. "Before I know it," he said, "I think the entire office looked at it."

Elsewhere, Callender's suit alleges that Pitchford also syphoned Gearbox profits to fund parties thrown by himself and his wife. It claims that, during these parties, "adult men have reportedly exposed themselves to minors, to the amusement of Randy Pitchford".

As part of Kotaku's initial story, a Gearbox spokesmen told the website that, "The allegations made by a disgruntled former employee are absurd, with no basis in reality or law. We look forward to addressing this meritless lawsuit in court and have no further comment at this time."

A later, updated statement to Kotaku read, "Gearbox will be filing a grievance with the State Bar of Texas against our former general counsel Wade for disciplinary proceedings for filing a lawsuit that includes accusations that he knows to be untrue. The lawyer's rules of professional conduct expressly prohibit the filing of documents that are knowingly false.

"The tell is within Wade's claim itself - his use of hedged lawyer language and clever application of quotation marks betray that he knows that the impression he is trying to create is based in lies. We imagine that he used the quotation marks and lawyer language in hopes that will give him some angles of defense when we inevitably take action against him for false statements. Wade is engaged in a shakedown and he's clearly using deceit and lies to try to cause damage by promoting a narrative that he knows is false."

Pitchford has also offered a response of his own on Twitter, stating that, "The attacks made by my former friend and colleague have no basis in reality or law. He is simply trying to shake me down for money. We will win, but because lawsuits are pending I can't comment as much as I'd like. I am shocked by his lies. Thanks for your love and support."

A second tweet added that, "As a father, I find crimes against children to be especially repugnant. It is very painful that a former friend and colleague would lie to try to associate me with such vile behavior in his own greedy pursuit of money." Pitchford concluded," As the day progresses, I am discovering who my my friends are. Thank you for your love and support. I am just going to try to focus on my work and trust that truth and justice will prevail with the courts."

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#2 Edited by getyeryayasout (12342 posts) -

Randy by name, randy by nature. For shame.

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#3 Edited by uninspiredcup (33644 posts) -

It's worth noting, as of yet there is no concrete evidence. It's important not to jump the gun on a very serous matter, Innocent until proven guilty.

Although he is a magician, and he does wear those shirts.

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#4 Posted by R4gn4r0k (31179 posts) -

Sounds legit, the studio doesn't seem to create any games anymore, and when they do they are made on the budget of a pack of doritos (Aliens: Colonial Marines). So the money has to have gone somewhere.

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#5 Posted by Yams1980 (3511 posts) -

So basically this guy steals 12 million that should have gone to his employees, and also has pedo pics on a flash drive that a random person found.

Give this guy a bonus!

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@Yams1980 said:

So basically this guy steals 12 million that should have gone to his employees, and also has pedo pics on a flash drive that a random person found.

Give this guy a bonus!

The thing I don't get, this was supposedly 2014.

So (assuming this did happen), everyone just sat on it, including the employee who found it, because... money.

These fuckwits are just as bad.

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#7 Posted by speedfreak48t5p (13652 posts) -

Wowzers.

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#8 Posted by nintendoboy16 (36333 posts) -

If that last part is true, I'm going to have to put a similar hold on Borderlands products like I do Rurouni Kenshin (at least until Pitchford resigns or something).

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#9 Posted by GarGx1 (10928 posts) -

I'll reserve my thoughts until we know how much of this shit slinging is true. Right now it's two ex-friends and business colleagues slagging each other off.

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#10 Posted by DaVillain- (36884 posts) -

This wouldn't surprise me, Randy outsource Sega's money on Colonial Marines just so he can pour all that Sega money into his Borderlands 2. The guy is just another businessman who will try to take all your money.

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#11 Posted by EyeBoonsEyebrow (280 posts) -

I don't like Randy Pitchford but I will give him the benefit the doubt. Those are serious allegations.

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#12 Posted by Mandzilla (4109 posts) -

Is everyone just going to ignore how dirty that bathroom is?

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#13 Posted by uninspiredcup (33644 posts) -

@GarGx1 said:

I'll reserve my thoughts until we know how much of this shit slinging is true. Right now it's two ex-friends and business colleagues slagging each other off.

Donno if was posted in that article (can't be arsed reading it again), but apparently the part about the USB being left was verified by Randy Pitchford himself during a podcast. He comes up with some strange comments to justify it though. Magic!

Randy’s rebuttal: The porn was a “magic trick”

Bizarrely enough, Pitchford corroborates some of the story's details by appearing on a podcast that went live one day after Callender's suit was filed. On the December 22 episode of The Piff Pod, Pitchford talks at length about porn that he enjoys watching, including "camgirl" pornography, in which a host exposes themself to a live feed and takes requests and financial tips from consumers. Pitchford explained that he was "a consumer of this content." He confirmed that he copied a specific video "to this memory stick" to, as he describes it, "work out the method" of how a camgirl host faked the act of female ejaculation. (Be warned: he describes how the video looks in particularly graphic detail.)

"I realized, this is not a sex worker," Pitchford said on the show. "This is a fucking magician." Pitchford, for those unaware, has a vested interest in the field of magicians and owns the magic-focused Genii Magazine.

"This was before I learned I should probably have password-protected memory sticks," Pitchford says, before admitting that he had indeed left a USB flash drive at a Medieval Times Dinner and Tournament restaurant. "Some kid, an employee of Medieval Times, discovered this memory stick, took it home... and discovered secrets of my company and future games in development, and also discovered the pornography. It was 'barely legal' porn. This girl's handle was 'Only 18.'" The USB flash drive was returned to Gearbox, Pitchford says, in exchange for "swag" and video games.

Pitchford claimed that the flash drive arrived at the studio while Pitchford was on vacation, so his executive assistant checked its contents. "Before I know it, I think the entire office looked at it. And there was one piece of content on here. And it never occurred to any of them that the reason why there was just that single porno was because of the magic trick, not because of [pause] I don't know whatever the **** they thought." Later in the podcast, Pitchford suggests putting this "Only 18" performer "on the cover" of a future Genii Magazine issue.

https://arstechnica.com/gaming/2019/01/gearbox-ceo-allegedly-kept-underage-porn-on-usb-stick-new-lawsuit-alleges/?comments=1

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#14 Posted by VagrantSnow (342 posts) -

Considering how he stole Sega's funding for Aliens: Colonial Marines for Gearbox's own Borderlands series, this would come as little surprise.

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#15 Posted by DaVillain- (36884 posts) -

@mandzilla said:

Is everyone just going to ignore how dirty that bathroom is?

I seen worse.

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#16 Posted by Mandzilla (4109 posts) -

@davillain-: Oh dear. 😬

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@uninspiredcup said:
@GarGx1 said:

I'll reserve my thoughts until we know how much of this shit slinging is true. Right now it's two ex-friends and business colleagues slagging each other off.

Donno if was posted in that article (can't be arsed reading it again), but apparently the part about the USB being left was verified by Randy Pitchford himself during a podcast. He comes up with some strange comments to justify it though. Magic!

Randy’s rebuttal: The porn was a “magic trick”

Bizarrely enough, Pitchford corroborates some of the story's details by appearing on a podcast that went live one day after Callender's suit was filed. On the December 22 episode of The Piff Pod, Pitchford talks at length about porn that he enjoys watching, including "camgirl" pornography, in which a host exposes themself to a live feed and takes requests and financial tips from consumers. Pitchford explained that he was "a consumer of this content." He confirmed that he copied a specific video "to this memory stick" to, as he describes it, "work out the method" of how a camgirl host faked the act of female ejaculation. (Be warned: he describes how the video looks in particularly graphic detail.)

"I realized, this is not a sex worker," Pitchford said on the show. "This is a fucking magician." Pitchford, for those unaware, has a vested interest in the field of magicians and owns the magic-focused Genii Magazine.

"This was before I learned I should probably have password-protected memory sticks," Pitchford says, before admitting that he had indeed left a USB flash drive at a Medieval Times Dinner and Tournament restaurant. "Some kid, an employee of Medieval Times, discovered this memory stick, took it home... and discovered secrets of my company and future games in development, and also discovered the pornography. It was 'barely legal' porn. This girl's handle was 'Only 18.'" The USB flash drive was returned to Gearbox, Pitchford says, in exchange for "swag" and video games.

Pitchford claimed that the flash drive arrived at the studio while Pitchford was on vacation, so his executive assistant checked its contents. "Before I know it, I think the entire office looked at it. And there was one piece of content on here. And it never occurred to any of them that the reason why there was just that single porno was because of the magic trick, not because of [pause] I don't know whatever the **** they thought." Later in the podcast, Pitchford suggests putting this "Only 18" performer "on the cover" of a future Genii Magazine issue.

https://arstechnica.com/gaming/2019/01/gearbox-ceo-allegedly-kept-underage-porn-on-usb-stick-new-lawsuit-alleges/?comments=1

I read that, he admits that he left a USB stick lying around with "barely legal" porn on it, that's not the same thing as the accusations insinuate. He's been accused of owning underage porn and even parties where adults were "exposing" themselves to minors for his entertainment. That's some serious shit and any embezzlement claims pale in comparison to him being an alleged paedophile.

If it's true he'll deserve everything that's coming his way but until it's proved to be factual then I'm not going to condemn him.

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@GarGx1 said:
@uninspiredcup said:
@GarGx1 said:

I'll reserve my thoughts until we know how much of this shit slinging is true. Right now it's two ex-friends and business colleagues slagging each other off.

Donno if was posted in that article (can't be arsed reading it again), but apparently the part about the USB being left was verified by Randy Pitchford himself during a podcast. He comes up with some strange comments to justify it though. Magic!

Randy’s rebuttal: The porn was a “magic trick”

Bizarrely enough, Pitchford corroborates some of the story's details by appearing on a podcast that went live one day after Callender's suit was filed. On the December 22 episode of The Piff Pod, Pitchford talks at length about porn that he enjoys watching, including "camgirl" pornography, in which a host exposes themself to a live feed and takes requests and financial tips from consumers. Pitchford explained that he was "a consumer of this content." He confirmed that he copied a specific video "to this memory stick" to, as he describes it, "work out the method" of how a camgirl host faked the act of female ejaculation. (Be warned: he describes how the video looks in particularly graphic detail.)

"I realized, this is not a sex worker," Pitchford said on the show. "This is a fucking magician." Pitchford, for those unaware, has a vested interest in the field of magicians and owns the magic-focused Genii Magazine.

"This was before I learned I should probably have password-protected memory sticks," Pitchford says, before admitting that he had indeed left a USB flash drive at a Medieval Times Dinner and Tournament restaurant. "Some kid, an employee of Medieval Times, discovered this memory stick, took it home... and discovered secrets of my company and future games in development, and also discovered the pornography. It was 'barely legal' porn. This girl's handle was 'Only 18.'" The USB flash drive was returned to Gearbox, Pitchford says, in exchange for "swag" and video games.

Pitchford claimed that the flash drive arrived at the studio while Pitchford was on vacation, so his executive assistant checked its contents. "Before I know it, I think the entire office looked at it. And there was one piece of content on here. And it never occurred to any of them that the reason why there was just that single porno was because of the magic trick, not because of [pause] I don't know whatever the **** they thought." Later in the podcast, Pitchford suggests putting this "Only 18" performer "on the cover" of a future Genii Magazine issue.

https://arstechnica.com/gaming/2019/01/gearbox-ceo-allegedly-kept-underage-porn-on-usb-stick-new-lawsuit-alleges/?comments=1

I read that, he admits that he left a USB stick lying around with "barely legal" porn on it, that's not the same thing as the accusations insinuate. He's been accused of owning underage porn and even parties where adults were "exposing" themselves to minors for his entertainment. That's some serious shit and any embezzlement claims pale in comparison to him being an alleged paedophile.

If it's true he'll deserve everything that's coming his way but until it's proved to be factual then I'm not going to condemn him.

Obviously. But if it is the case, them sitting on it for 4-5 years until money was involved makes them just as big pieces of shit than he is.

Worse I would argue.

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On a related note, if he is proven innocent of wrong doing I really hope this guy gets a lawsuit, he's an absolute bottom feeder.

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Not just talking purely on these videos, this guy is just a massive piece of shit and I absolutely wish ill upon him.

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#19 Posted by XVision84 (16209 posts) -

Seems like an attempt to slander his name. All of this just happens to surface now with no evidence?

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#20 Posted by GarGx1 (10928 posts) -

@uninspiredcup: On a related note, if he is proven innocent of wrong doing I really hope this guy gets a lawsuit, he's an absolute bottom feeder.

Sorry mate but that doesn't make sense. I'm guessing you're talking about Pitchford (going by the bottom feeder part), if he's proven innocent what would the lawsuit against him be?

On an unrelated point, If you watch The Quartering, have you joined his new, no politics, gaming site yet? The forums are live.

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@GarGx1 said:

@uninspiredcup: On a related note, if he is proven innocent of wrong doing I really hope this guy gets a lawsuit, he's an absolute bottom feeder.

Sorry mate but that doesn't make sense. I'm guessing you're talking about Pitchford (going by the bottom feeder part), if he's proven innocent what would the lawsuit against him be?

On an unrelated point, If you watch The Quartering, have you joined his new, no politics, gaming site yet? The forums are live.

I was talking about Quartering, not Pitchford.

If Pitchford is guilty he deserves everything he gets.

The Quartering guy is just a massive piece of dung. Making mislreading clickbait titles that outright make him out as guilty and taking pleasure in the idea that someone he doesn't like is caught in CP. Watch the video and the second one, he's literally smiling at it.

That's a piece of shit. And if Pitchford or anyone else has common sense they will be following and taking note of this cum-stain for future action.

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#22 Posted by GarGx1 (10928 posts) -
@uninspiredcup said:
@GarGx1 said:

@uninspiredcup: On a related note, if he is proven innocent of wrong doing I really hope this guy gets a lawsuit, he's an absolute bottom feeder.

Sorry mate but that doesn't make sense. I'm guessing you're talking about Pitchford (going by the bottom feeder part), if he's proven innocent what would the lawsuit against him be?

On an unrelated point, If you watch The Quartering, have you joined his new, no politics, gaming site yet? The forums are live.

I was talking about Quartering, not Pitchford.

I disagree, he's merely passing on developments and made that video to show Pitchford's side of the story after reporting on it when the news of the lawsuit broke.

He doesn't spend much time on SJW's these days as people are bored with them and they are losing relevance.

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@GarGx1 said:
@uninspiredcup said:
@GarGx1 said:

@uninspiredcup: On a related note, if he is proven innocent of wrong doing I really hope this guy gets a lawsuit, he's an absolute bottom feeder.

Sorry mate but that doesn't make sense. I'm guessing you're talking about Pitchford (going by the bottom feeder part), if he's proven innocent what would the lawsuit against him be?

On an unrelated point, If you watch The Quartering, have you joined his new, no politics, gaming site yet? The forums are live.

I was talking about Quartering, not Pitchford.

I disagree, he's merely passing on developments and made that video to show Pitchford's side of the story after reporting on it when the news of the lawsuit broke.

He doesn't spend much time on SJW's these days as people are bored with them and they are losing relevance.

Brah, look at the title and thumbnails.

That's it basically, he's "anti-SJW" and Pitchford is one. I hate SJW as much as the next guy, but that's not really a free pass to be a complete and utter slandering knobhead.

Theatrically if Pitchford is innocent, this is a guy with a job, wife and kids. Probably not in the best place right now.

And here is this human-tick trying to sell shirts contextualizing him as 100% guilty, grinning like a **** because "dur dur take dat SJW".

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#24 Posted by GarGx1 (10928 posts) -

@uninspiredcup: You didn't actually watch or listen to the video you posted, did you? Just watch the end part from about 12 mins, he's not passing judgement on anyone.

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@uninspiredcup: You didn't actually watch or listen to the video you posted, did you? Just watch the end part from about 12 mins, he's not passing judgement on anyone.

I did. I specially watched his mannerisms. Those are more difficult to hide than words. It's obvious he's taking glee from it. And you just need to look at the thumbnails/titles to see this.

I've seen several videos before this as well, which is partially how I came to this conclusion. He's garbage.

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@GarGx1 said:

@uninspiredcup: You didn't actually watch or listen to the video you posted, did you? Just watch the end part from about 12 mins, he's not passing judgement on anyone.

I did. I specially watched his mannerisms. Those are more difficult to hide than words. It's obvious he's taking glee from it. And you just need to look at the thumbnails/titles to see this.

I've seen several videos before this as well, which is participially how I came to this conclusion. He's garbage.

Of course he's having fun with it, watching the rich and powerful eat each other is always fun. There's nothing slanderous about what he's saying though.

You like to troll people, you have fun with it. Where's the difference?

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@GarGx1 said:
@uninspiredcup said:
@GarGx1 said:

@uninspiredcup: You didn't actually watch or listen to the video you posted, did you? Just watch the end part from about 12 mins, he's not passing judgement on anyone.

I did. I specially watched his mannerisms. Those are more difficult to hide than words. It's obvious he's taking glee from it. And you just need to look at the thumbnails/titles to see this.

I've seen several videos before this as well, which is participially how I came to this conclusion. He's garbage.

Of course he's having fun with it, watching the rich and powerful eat each other is always fun. There's nothing slanderous about what he's saying though.

You like to troll people, you have fun with it. Where's the difference?

Here's his reaction to CP accusations. If that's not a self-serving sociopath man-baby then god knows what is.

There is a slight difference between someone typing obvious shit on a forum with 20 people than publicising and profiteering on making out someone (not yet proven) is a pederfile.

I joke, this guy is literally taking pleasure in it. He's garbage, surprised you follow him. Up your standards my man.

I'd love to see how smug he is when Pichford puts his millions towards a lawyer. Probably go begging his fans for money I imagine.