Former Gearbox Lawyer Accuses Studio And Randy Pitchford Of Financial Malfeasance, Which He Has Denied

Wade Callender, Gearbox’s former in-house lawyer, had been with the Borderlands developer since 2011 by means of most of 2018. After Callender left the corporate, Gearbox filed swimsuit towards the previous worker for fraud and breach of fiduciary obligation. Gearbox alleged that Callender misused his company bank card for, amongst different issues, holidays, gun membership memberships, and “attempting to get six-pack abs.” A month later in December, Callender filed his personal lawsuit towards Gearbox and studio head Randy Pitchford, alleging that a number of verbal contracts from Gearbox and an related actual property firm had been left unfulfilled or unwritten. These lawsuits were reported on today by Kotaku.

The fallout of those fits is that the 2 public filings include a laundry record of allegations from each events. In his swimsuit, Callender alleges that Randy Pitchford took a secret $12 million greenback advance from Take-Two for Borderlands, siphoning the cash to himself. 

“For instance,” paperwork filed with the court docket start, “whereas Randy was denying worker raises predicated on low money reserves, Randy secretly saddled Gearbox’s workers with the burden of repaying a non-public, private $12M ‘bonus’ that Randy Pitchford rerouted from Gearbox’s writer on to Randy’s aspect entity, ‘Pitchford Leisure Media & Magic.’ Unbeknownst to Gearbox workers, Randy Pitchford organized to shift the burden of Randy’s long-standing, multi-million greenback ‘bonus’ to the exact same workers from whom he hid the association.”

Basically, Callender is saying that cash that ought to have gone to the sport from the writer Take-Two. Pitchford allegedly stored the cash for himself and put it in “Pitchford Leisure Media & Magic,” a restricted legal responsibility firm owned by the Gearbox head. In line with the swimsuit, Pitchford then purportedly used earnings from Gearbox to pay again the advance from Take-Two.

(Warning: This remainder of this story unavoidably incorporates specific descriptions of a sexual nature. I am going to do my greatest to tone it down, however be warned, the allegations and defenses each go into element that will offend or disgust readers.)

This form of allegation in a civil swimsuit isn’t unusual. They’ll typically develop into rife with character assaults to each bolster arguments towards the defendant and likewise obfuscate the totality of the assaults. Callender’s lawsuit goes into surprising areas, although, because it alleges that Pitchford left a USB drive behind at an organization occasion that contained, amongst numerous sorts of developer-proprietary info, situations of “underage pornography.”

“On info and perception,” the filed swimsuit reads, “Randy Pitchford’s USB drive contained rather more than the delicate company paperwork of Gearbox and enterprise companions like Take-Two Interactive, 2K Video games, Sega, Microsoft, Sony, and so forth. Upon info and perception, Randy Pitchford’s USB drive additionally contained Randy Pitchford’ s private assortment of ‘underage’ pornography.”

Callender remembers the USB drive being misplaced throughout mediation of one other Gearbox lawsuit regarding Sega and the online game Aliens: Colonial Marines. As Pitchford’s conduct and conduct had been central to that case, says Callender, the USB drive being misplaced was related, prompting Callender to ask workers to retrieve the USB drive and make a replica of it. Callender’s swimsuit alleges that Pitchford intervened on this course of and had the workers destroy the USB drive earlier than anybody might see what was on it.

Whereas Gearbox has denied the lawsuit, calling it each “meritless” and “absurd,” ArsTechnica has discovered a podcast that includes Randy Pitchford recorded and launched virtually instantly after Callender’s swimsuit was filed with the above allegations. Titled The Piff Pod, the magic-themed podcast hosted Pitchford on December 22 in an episode itself titled “Randy Returns.” Within the podcast, Pitchford tells the story concerning the lacking USB drive, admitting that it contained pornography however none of it was unlawful. We have now confirmed that the podcast does exist and does include Pitchford’s story concerning the USB drive.

Pitchford overtly discusses his desire for “camgirl” pornography, by which a performer conducts intercourse acts for individuals watching and chatting alongside. His fandom extends to saving such pornography to a “reminiscence stick,” which leads him to explaining the time he misplaced the stick Medieval Occasions, the knights-and-horses themed restaurant.

“Some child, an worker of Medieval Occasions found this reminiscence stick, took it house, and found secrets and techniques of my firm and future video games in growth, and likewise found the pornography,” Pitchford defined. “It was ‘barely authorized’ porn. This lady’s deal with was ‘Solely 18.'”

The explanation he saved it on the reminiscence stick, Pitchford stated, was that the intercourse acts “Solely 18” was performing had been so awe-inspiring that he discovered them to have worth as a magic trick, particularly as she faked issues anatomically unimaginable. Pitchford wished to be taught the key, so he saved it to review it later. Within the podcast in query, he goes into specific element concerning the video, which I’m not going to breed right here.

On Twitter, Pitchford supplied one other protection.

“The assaults made by my former pal and colleague haven’t any foundation in actuality or regulation,” Pitchford tweeted. “He’s merely attempting to shake me down for cash. We are going to win, however as a result of lawsuits are pending I can’t remark as a lot as I’d like. I’m shocked by his lies. Thanks in your love and assist. As a father, I discover crimes towards kids to be particularly repugnant. It is vitally painful former pal and colleague would mislead attempt to affiliate me with such vile conduct in his personal grasping pursuit of cash.”

[Supply: Kotaku, Ars Technica]

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