David Eddings has made some serious accusations towards Randy Pitchford, the CEO of Gearbox Software. He just warmed up yesterday, but he kicked into a different gear today!
After Pitchford called Eddings, the original voice of Claptrap, an important side character of the Borderlands series „bitter and disgruntled,” he struck back on Twitter. He brought up some serious things. Let’s see what he said:
„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. I had a lot of mixed feelings when asked to reprise the role of Claptrap late last year and eventually realized I was willing to put differences aside and do something cool for Borderlands fans with my friends at Gearbox.
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. Personally, I think Randy’s been on tilt the last few years. He’s not the victim he portrays himself to be. I even blocked him a couple of years ago for stalking me on social media. It’s nice not feeling the need to spot any sleight of hand these days or wonder if the card was chosen or forced. [this refers to Pitchford’s skills at card tricks and the like – the editor] I’m happy to be free from the half-truths and full-on deceptions. And thankful to no longer hear people referred to as “muggles” [people unable of performing magic in the Harry Potter series – the editor] like a con-man refers to a “mark”.
As an aside, seems a bit conspicuous that he chimed in on my salary but didn’t mention anything about the $12M of revenue he syphoned away from the employee royalty pool. FYI – GBX employees are asked to take lower salaries with the promise of royalty shares. 2K says they won’t give a statement regarding an ongoing lawsuit [that involves the 12 million dollars] but if the allegation is false then it sure seems a lot easier to just deny it since that’s the only reason they’re mentioned. The whole thing stinks,” Eddings said.
So Eddings has taken a stone off his back. If Pitchford doesn’t respond, even though he just got accused of physical assault, we’ll be surprised. It might become a major scandal of the year!