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Old 01-11-2019, 05:31 PM   #1
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Lawsuit Alleges Gearbox CEO Randy Pitchford Wrongful $12M Bonus & Underage Porn


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There's going to be some messy litigation in Texas. Gearbox CEO Randy Pitchford and former Gearbox in-house attorney Wade Callender are suing each other in two separate actions, both alleging that the other has breached their legal obligations to the company.

As discovered by Kotaku, Gearbox originally filed a lawsuit against Callender in November 2018 for misusing company funds. It's said that Callender borrowed money from the company for a home loan and tuition that wasn't fully paid back. Further, Callender is accused of abusing a Gearbox company credit card for personal expenses such as "family vacations, gun club memberships and firearms accessories, and trying to get six-pack abs."

The case against Callender, which was filed in Texas' Collin County District Court, can be accessed here but there's no option to view the individual pleadings. However, Callendar answered the Complaint earlier this week and also filed a motion to change venue.

Callender then sued both Pitchford and Gearbox in December 2018, possibly in retaliation to Gearbox's lawsuit. The entire Complaint can be read here. The crux of the lawsuit is that Callender says Pitchford took a secretive $12 million bonus from Take-Two Interactive in 2016 that was funneled into Pitchford Entertainment Media Magic, LLC. According to Callender, that money should have rightfully been paid out to Gearbox employees and to help fund the development of the next Borderlands game.

However, things take a dark twist. Callender also states that Pitchford accidentally forgot a USB drive at a Dallas-area Medieval Times restaurant in 2014. Callender alleges that the USB drive contained both highly-sensitive business documents and "underage pornography." Pitchford was supposedly in San Francisco at the time the drive was recovered, and Callender -- without yet knowing the contents of the drive -- directed Gearbox staff to duplicate the files so they could be sent to Pitchford. Pitchford allegedly intervened and ordered the duplicate files to be immediately destroyed. Callender goes on to also accuse Pitchford of using Gearbox company funds to throw personal parties at his house where older men would expose themselves to minors.
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Always knew Pitchford was a scumbag, didn't realize just how much of one. Disgusting piece of shit.
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Old 01-11-2019, 05:48 PM   #3
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Always knew Pitchford was a scumbag, didn't realize just how much of one. Disgusting piece of shit.
I don't think there's any evidence of anything. Just accusations and the use of "allegedly". I'm not a huge fan of Randy Pitchford either, but I don't think he needs to be drawn and quartered just yet.
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I don't think there's any evidence of anything. Just accusations and the use of "allegedly". I'm not a huge fan of Randy Pitchford either, but I don't think he needs to be drawn and quartered just yet.
Agreed. Innocent until proven guilty.
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The guy is a fucking broke brained pathological liar and if true it wouldn't surprise me at all. Some years ago there was an in-dept look into his personal family life and let's just say he would fit well into San Francisco and pretty much nowhere else on Earth. The kinda guy that is best buds with Kevin Spacey.
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Those two deserve each other. Waiting this long to disclose possible under age porn.....
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Old 01-11-2019, 06:45 PM   #7
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I don't think there's any evidence of anything. Just accusations and the use of "allegedly". I'm not a huge fan of Randy Pitchford either, but I don't think he needs to be drawn and quartered just yet.
No I agree but given his track record, it certainly wouldn't shock me, the guy is a liar and a douchebag personified to begin with.
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Always knew Pitchford was a scumbag, didn't realize just how much of one. Disgusting piece of shit.
I don't think looking at a little porn makes him a criminal. He is also a really decent biz guy, he has kept Gearbox up and running while most of the other small companies have gone under.

I know that he isn't my biggest fan, but I think it is right to give him credit where it is due. Gearbox is still here and has made a lot of great stuff.

It's easy to give them crap for the Colonial Marines debacle, but I think they deserve some kudos too. I love Borderlands/Borderlands 2.
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I don't think looking at a little porn makes him a criminal. He is also a really decent biz guy, he has kept Gearbox up and running while most of the other small companies have gone under.

I know that he isn't my biggest fan, but I think it is right to give him credit where it is due. Gearbox is still here and has made a lot of great stuff.

It's easy to give them crap for the Colonial Marines debacle, but I think they deserve some kudos too. I love Borderlands/Borderlands 2.
Did you miss the part where it said underage porn? Are you ok with that?
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Sounds like douchebags gotta douche!

A decent game series does not excuse scummy behavior. Also, Borderlands isn't a decent game series. It's one decent game, published again and again as supposedly separate games which if you've played one you've played them all.
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So quick to tar and feather. Have we learned NOTHING in this era of accusations holding a heavier weight than any actual conviction?

Anyone who railed against the Kavanagh inquisition should shut the fuck up right now. Spectral and Terran in particular have no room to jump on a bandwagon when someone is accused of lowly behavior and now being tried in the court of public opinion. Or do I need to search the ToT threads for where you say how unjust it was to do exactly what you are now doing?

You don't condemn someone for alleged activities in a conflict which is OBVIOUSLY contentious and the result of a bitter fallout. It is like believing everything someone says during the bitterest of divorces and custody battles.

Do I think he made some shady business deals and practices some deceptive business practices? Yep, it wouldn't surprise me at all to find out those parts are true. And the good part is if it's true there will be a paper trail from the publisher showing the agreement and then the account statements.

Does he do "underage" porn and have gross parties at his house? I have no idea and I'm not going to condemn him, despite his reputation, until that is proven. This is a life and career ending charge which, IMO, should not be given credence short of decent evidence.

We don't have that in this case.
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I have no idea and I'm not going to condemn him
You're a great human being.

You can also STFU. I have no idea if he's guilty of what he's accused of here, nor did I tar and feather anyone, as I never even addressed that. I simply called them both douchebags because they are, and the series boringly repetitive because it is.

So fuck off.
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I think you touched a nerve Vallor.

And me posting this is going to set him off too. It's going to be funny.
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So quick to tar and feather. Have we learned NOTHING in this era of accusations holding a heavier weight than any actual conviction?

Anyone who railed against the Kavanagh inquisition should shut the fuck up right now. Spectral and Terran in particular have no room to jump on a bandwagon when someone is accused of lowly behavior and now being tried in the court of public opinion. Or do I need to search the ToT threads for where you say how unjust it was to do exactly what you are now doing?

You don't condemn someone for alleged activities in a conflict which is OBVIOUSLY contentious and the result of a bitter fallout. It is like believing everything someone says during the bitterest of divorces and custody battles.

Do I think he made some shady business deals and practices some deceptive business practices? Yep, it wouldn't surprise me at all to find out those parts are true. And the good part is if it's true there will be a paper trail from the publisher showing the agreement and then the account statements.

Does he do "underage" porn and have gross parties at his house? I have no idea and I'm not going to condemn him, despite his reputation, until that is proven. This is a life and career ending charge which, IMO, should not be given credence short of decent evidence.

We don't have that in this case.
Fair enough vallor but if this lawyer has proof and still has the original thumb drive it'd be a pretty open and shut case. That's quite different than a never reported 40 year old accusation from a planted democrat accuser don't you think? If he's of the habit of possessing underaged porn does it really matter if he's throwing porn parties at his house? It'll will obviously come down to can the lawyer who's counter suing prove it.
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Did you miss the part where it said underage porn? Are you ok with that?
Pretty sure he did evil's got some underage porn of his own i reckon since he's okay with that.
Seriously. An age appropriate woman playing out the naughty girl fantasy is one thing but wanting to bang under age kids is kinda fucked.

THey don't even have tits ffs.
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Fair enough vallor but if this lawyer has proof and still has the original thumb drive it'd be a pretty open and shut case. That's quite different than a never reported 40 year old accusation from a planted democrat accuser don't you think? If he's of the habit of possessing underaged porn does it really matter if he's throwing porn parties at his house? It'll will obviously come down to can the lawyer who's counter suing prove it.
If they can provide proof or credible witnesses, and he isn't allowed to weasel out of it like Epstein, then throw the book at him. He deserves the worst of everything.

My concern at that point is if he has engineered Gearbox in such a way his presence is vital to its existence or if the other leaders in the company can take control seamlessly.

Assuming Gearbox can even survive such a scandal.
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If they can provide proof or credible witnesses, and he isn't allowed to weasel out of it like Epstein, then throw the book at him. He deserves the worst of everything.

My concern at that point is if he has engineered Gearbox in such a way his presence is vital to its existence or if the other leaders in the company can take control seamlessly.

Assuming Gearbox can even survive such a scandal.
No doubt. Is Gearbox still independent or are they a Take Two/2k subsidiary? If it's the former I would imagine Take Two would just buy the IP if they don't own it outright already, not like the rest of the IP catalogue is really worth much. They drove the Brothers in Arms franchise into the ground pretty badly, not even sure what other IP they have that would be worth much. I'm with Terran that Borderlands isn't that great a series to begin with, shallow skill trees and 99.9% of the gun loot are pretty garbage, kinda defeats the point of a looter shooter when the gear pretty much all sucks ass anyway.
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Always knew Pitchford was a scumbag, didn't realize just how much of one. Disgusting piece of shit.
Don't forget, when you want to take someone down for some reason, accuse them of this crap. This could be a standard shakedown.

I'm not making any judgments.

Remember with Judge K and that other important race that was going on in Alabama.

(The accusations alone are reason enough for them to drop out) is what they said. Heh, as if no one can just MAKE an accusation.
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Don't forget, when you want to take someone down for some reason, accuse them of this crap. This could be a standard shakedown.

I'm not making any judgments.

Remember with Judge K and that other important race that was going on in Alabama.

(The accusations alone are reason enough for them to drop out) is what they said. Heh, as if no one can just MAKE an accusation.
Like I said to vallor, if the lawyer can prove it. Given Randy's history of douchbagery it really wouldn't be a stretch.
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My concern at that point is if he has engineered Gearbox in such a way his presence is vital to its existence or if the other leaders in the company can take control seamlessly.
Your concern, if he's actually involved in kiddie porn, is whether or not Gearbox can survive. What a great human being you are.

You're a fucking moron. You compare a dozen people posting on a message board about two guys tossing accusations against each other in a lawsuit, at least one of whom has been a douchebag for years and has been called out for being so here, to the serial public rape by millions and by the media of a Supreme Court justice and then express a concern for the company, not the potential victims of the poor gaming guy.

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