Borderlands 3 Situation Intensifies As Former Employee Opens Up About Alleged Randy Pitchford Assault
The shadow looming over the upcoming Borderlands 3 release continues to grow as new information has come to light regarding the assault accusations leveled against Gearbox Software CEO Randy Pitchford by former employee David Eddings. Earlier this month, Eddings revealed that Pitchford had physically assaulted him back in 2017. Now, the voice actor has opened up even further about the alleged assault, revealing that he also had witnesses.
David Eddings recently sat down with Newsweek to discuss his tumultuous work history with Gearbox leading up to his being fired by Randy Pitchford prior to the discussion about Eddings coming back to work on Borderlands 3. One such incident occurred before a showcase, when Eddings lost his voice while working as Claptrap. “Randy had gone into the booth, yanked my cans off and stuck a wet finger in my ear that he had licked,” Eddings said.
He jumped back and he cackled at me. Christoph and I are looking at each other like, what just happened?”
Following this incident there were reportedly no other work-related issues until the days leading up to GDC 2017, around the time there was speculation that Gearbox was being bought out. According to Eddings, he was approached by numerous people asking about Greg Richardson, who was reportedly looking for a price for the company. Eddings then took this information to Randy Pitchford, at which point Pitchford demanded to know his sources.
He shoved the fuck out of me while I’m on the balls of my feet trying to whisper. [He] knocked me back four steps… I believe I caught him in a deception.”
David Eddings revealed during his report that there were two witnesses, though one didn’t see the actual assault, stating only that Eddings seemed “noticeably upset about what he described as an altercation with his boss.” The second witness was Gearbox co-founder Landon Montgomery, who said “that David leaned up to whisper something to Randy and out of the blue, Randy shoves him, hard.” This incident reportedly resulted in Eddings being “rage fired” by Pitchford before Borderlands 3 was announced, which Eddings likening the situation to getting pushed off the Titanic when you’re 20 feet from shore.
You’re sopping wet, disgruntled and angry, but two days later you’re thankful. You’re not on the sinking ship. But you’re sad, because there are a bunch of people still on the ship.”
Gearbox Software has yet to directly address the allegations, distancing itself instead with the following statement: “We think it’s a shame that the 400+ employees here who have poured the love and passion into Borderlands 3 are having their work be diluted by personal allegations.”
Borderlands 3 launches for PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One on September 13, 2019.
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