Former Gearbox Lawyer Accuses CEO of Lewd Behavior, Taking Secret $12M Bonus

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  1. Megalith

    Megalith 24-bit/48kHz Staff Member

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    In November, Gearbox CEO Randy Pitchford sued his former friend and company lawyer Wade Callender for alleged fraud, claiming he stole funds for "family vacations, gun club memberships and firearms accessories, and trying to get six-pack abs." Callender has now returned with a lawsuit of his own, which accuses Pitchford of receiving a secret $12M bonus. He also claims the CEO left a USB stick with "underage" pornography at a restaurant, but Pitchford has refuted that in a very NSFW podcast about his interest in camgirls. Gearbox says the allegations are meritless and plans to file a grievance.

    Callender’s most lurid allegation against Pitchford is an accusation surrounding an event that he says occurred in 2014. Callender says that Pitchford left a USB drive in a Dallas, Texas restaurant containing sensitive corporate documents for Gearbox and its partners including 2K Games, Sega, Sony, Microsoft, and others. Says the lawsuit: “Upon information and belief, Randy Pitchford’s USB drive also contained Randy Pitchford’s personal collection of ‘underage’ pornography.”
     
  2. joobjoob

    joobjoob Gawd

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    Stab or suck each other all you want just make me Borderlands 3 revenge of the bonerfarts.
     
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  3. ChoGGi

    ChoGGi [H]ard|Gawd

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    If borderlands 3 doesn't include a secret area/side mission where someone is having at it with a camgirl I will be disappointed (because that's why I play videogames).
     
  4. DooKey

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    Gearbox is dead to me after ACM. I hope they eat each other.
     
  5. Krenum

    Krenum [H]ardForum Junkie

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    Sounds like they let the Borderlands into their RL's....
     
  6. viper1152012

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    Whatever and borderlands 3 will have cam girls
     
  7. bigdogchris

    bigdogchris [H]ard as it Gets

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    Randy Pitchford seems to always be surrounded in controversy.
     
  8. oldmanbal

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    if he's taking 12m bonuses, why doesn't he skip the cam girls and get the lunch meat delivered to his door?
     
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    Maybe that is where the budget for homeworld 3 went.
     
  10. steakman1971

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    I'm just amazed the USB stick didn't have simple security on it. Aren't you suppose to put porn in folders named something like "fiscal year results 2017" (or homework)?
    Forgetting about the porn, if a normal employee had company secrets on an unsecured device, they would be facing dismissal from the company. We have very strict security policies in place. (Porn would probably be dismissal, not sure and not testing the waters).
     
  11. Mojo3k70

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    While I wish no hardships on the vast majority of developers (most of them are simply following orders to support themselves / families), I do hope Gearbox gets a management shuffle / replacement.

    After leading teams of people to shit on two of my beloved adolescent franchises (Duke Nukem and Aliens), It's going to take a miracle before GB sees my $ again.

    Randy also comes off as a smug, arsehole during many interviews.
     
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  12. M76

    M76 [H]ardForum Junkie

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    The only worthwhile thing ever to come from gearbox was opposing force.
     
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    for me it was the halo PC port.

    boringlands is a boring game.
     
  14. piscian18

    piscian18 [H]ardForum Junkie

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    You wanna talk about fraud!!??? LETS TALK ABOUT Aliens: Colonial Marines!!!



    *still mad*
     
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  15. lostinseganet

    lostinseganet [H]ard|Gawd

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    He has a wife Kristy Pitchford.
     
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    His wife ate the delivery boy

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  17. oldmanbal

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    That looks like a female gabe newell

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  18. M76

    M76 [H]ardForum Junkie

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    I didn't remember they ported halo, still that's not original work, at least opposing force was kind of their own expansion even if not a brand new game.