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Former Gearbox lawyer claims Randy Pitchford was paid $12 million secret bonus

Gearbox CEO Randy Pitchford finds himself in a couple of lawsuits with the company's former general counsel, and some of the allegations are shocking. Gearbox plans on defending their CEO in court, calling the claims "absurd."


Former Gearbox General Counsel Wade Callender and CEO Randy Pitchford are suing each other. A number of allegations are made by Callender in the lawsuit, including a claim that Pitchford received a secret $12 million bonus from Borderlands publisher Take-Two Interactive. This alleged bonus was an advance on future earnings from the game. 

A Gearbox spokesman told Kotaku that “The allegations made by a disgruntled former employee are absurd, with no basis in reality or law,” adding “we look forward to addressing this meritless lawsuit in court and have no further comment at this time.”

Gearbox later made this additional statement:

Gearbox will be filing a grievance with the State Bar of Texas against our former general counsel Wade for disciplinary proceedings for filing a lawsuit that includes accusations that he knows to be untrue. The lawyer’s rules of professional conduct expressly prohibit the filing of documents that are knowingly false. The tell is within Wade’s claim itself – his use of hedged lawyer language and clever application of quotation marks betray that he knows that the impression he is trying to create is based in lies. We imagine that he used the quotation marks and lawyer language in hopes that will give him some angles of defense when we inevitably take action against him for false statements. Wade is engaged in a shakedown and he’s clearly using deceit and lies to try to cause damage by promoting a narrative that he knows is false.

Here's the entire lawsuit Gearbox is bringing against Callender:

Gearbox suit against Callender by on Scribd

Here's the entire lawsuit Callender is bringing against Randy Pitchford and Gearbox:

Gearbox lawsuit by on Scribd

Wade Callender describes alleged "peacock parties" during which men would expose themselves to underage children to the amusement of Randy Pitchford." Gearbox denies the existence of any such parties, stating that Callender's claims were "made up by Wade in a further attempt to paint a sensational picture that is demonstrably false.”

Callender also claims that Pitchford lost a USB key containing child pornography along with data from video game partners in 2014. This is a serious accusation, and one that Pitchford apparently addressed on a magic podcast last year. "It’s a woman who is masturbating,” Pitchford said, “and when she has some experience that appears as if she’s having an orgasm, a huge amount of fluid comes out of her vagina.”

“This is not a sex worker—this is a fucking magician,” Pitchford continued. “Some kid, an employee of the Medieval Times, discovered this memory stick, took it home, and accessed it because it was before we were password-protecting, and discovered secrets of my company and future games in development, and also discovered the pornography. And it was barely legal porn. This girl’s handle was ‘Only 18.’”

These matters will be settled in court but in a very vague tweet, former VP of Gearbox Dave Eddings simply said, "Yes, it's true."

Gearbox's CEO took to Twitter to publicly address his fans and critics:

It remains to be seen what evidence Callender will present when these matters are settled in court, but today's news is not good for Gearbox and their CEO. This could either be a case of a disgruntled former employee (he did work on Aliens: Colonial Marines) or it could be something much more sinister that involves serious accusations. Only time will tell if Gearbox and Randy Pitchford are able to clear their names from these claims by their former general counsel.


Asif Khan is the Luminary and majority shareholder of Shacknews. He began his career in video game journalism as a freelancer in 2001 for Asif is a CPA and was formerly an investment adviser representative. After much success in his own personal investments, he retired from his day job in financial services and is currently focused on new private investments. His favorite PC game of all time is Duke Nukem 3D, and he is an unapologetic fan of most things Nintendo. Asif first frequented the Shack when it was sCary's Shugashack to find all things Quake. When he is not immersed in investments or gaming he is a purveyor of fine electronic music. Asif also has an irrational love of Cleveland sports.

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      January 12, 2019 6:15 AM

      Isn't pitchford supposed to be an epic douchebag?

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        January 12, 2019 7:48 AM

        no, he's apparently a gearbox douchebag.

        Aside from literally everything surrounding Aliens Colonial Marines' development and release, I always liked him :(
        especially since he saved Duke Nukem, even if it was only to bury him once and for least it was closure

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        January 12, 2019 8:28 AM

        He had CP on a usb drive that he lost in a Medievel times restaurant.

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          January 12, 2019 8:54 AM

          if she was indeed 18, it's not CP right? - not defending him, just seems that the facts have turned into far more

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            January 12, 2019 9:33 AM

            Plus it's kind of fucked up to stoop to kink shaming a dude that likes barely legal squiters. That's pretty fucking tame, vanilla stuff.

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            January 12, 2019 11:35 AM

            And a lot of times, you'll find out these barely legal girls are actually in their 20s. The industry is really cautious over the age issue.

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