Gearbox CEO Randy Pitchford has been in the news a lot lately, and not always for good reasons. He made waves last week with an extremely public disagreement with Game Informer over their coverage of the Borderlands 3 reveal, but that was just the most recent event. Earlier this year he was accused of a myriad of financial crimes by his former lawyer and close friend. Soon after, his former Vice President corroborated many of the claims.
Voice actors replaced
That same Vice President, David Eddings, is now accusing him of an entirely different kind of crime. In addition to heading up Gearbox’s Business Development, Eddings was the voice of Claptrap. Eddings recently confirmed that he won’t be reprising the role, much to the dismay of fans. He claims Gearbox never paid him for the first two games, so he finally put his foot down and demanded compensation.
No. For the first time, I insisted on getting paid for my performance and all of a sudden they couldn't afford me. Now 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. Just sayin'…
— David Eddings (@davideddings) May 2, 2019
Pitchford denied all of this and claimed that Eddings was offered twice the going rate. According to Pitchford, Eddings is just “bitter and disgruntled about having been terminated.” Last month Pitchford also claimed that Troy Baker turned down the role of Rhys, but Baker denied this. There’s something strange going on with Gearbox and voice actors. Why is there so much miscommunication?
A serious accusation
Eddings has previously stated publicly that he believes Pitchford is a liar and a con man. The above mention of $12 million refers to the money Pitchford allegedly pocketed instead of giving to his employees as royalty bonuses. Wade Callender, Pitchford’s former lawyer and friend, made the same claim in his lawsuit. Pitchford denied the suit as a greedy shakedown tactic. He similarly asserts that Eddings’ complaints are untrue.
After Pitchford claimed that he paid Eddings very handsomely, Eddings fired back with an accusation. In addition to payment concerns, Eddings now claims that Randy Pitchford physically assaulted him. Eddings accused Pitchford of attacking him “in the lobby of the Marriott Marquis at GDC 2017.” That event corresponds to the exact month Eddings left Gearbox.
Obviously, this is an incredibly serious accusation. Eddings did not go into detail regarding the assault, so we have no specifics at this time. Despite his departure, Eddings says he would have reprised the role of Claptrap in exchange for past due royalties and an apology from Pitchford. Gearbox, or perhaps Pitchford, declined these requests.
Update: Gearbox has issued the following statement in response to allegations:
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.