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Scandal heats up at Gearbox Games

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Scandal heats up at Gearbox Games

https://arstechnica.com/gaming/2019/01/ ... t-alleges/

So, um, we have allegations that Gearbox's CEO carried around USB keys with underage pornography and used company funds to host parties where adult males exposed themselves to minors. Then the Vice President tweets "It's true" without context.

Bonus round: The CEO confirmed he left a USB key with pornography on it behind at Medieval Times and it had confidential documents related to their game publishers.
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majority of their works are garbage anyways, not gonna be missed
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Ya, but Borderlands 3.
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jrees wrote:
Jan 15th, 2019 7:25 pm
Ya, but Borderlands 3.
Is probably going to be cancelled unless Randy Pitchford resigns. Pitchford also acts as the main PR guy for Gearbox on top of being their CEO.

Pitchford was also accused of allegedly funneling money, developers and resources from Sega and using it towards development of Borderlands 1 & 2.
Which would explain why the game Gearbox developed for Sega (Aliens Colonial Marines) ended up being terrible.
The court case was dropped after Sega realized they did not do enough due diligence on checking the progress of what Gearbox was doing with their contract money.

https://www.polygon.com/2014/9/3/610203 ... al-marines
https://www.destructoid.com/anonymous-w ... 6558.phtml
https://www.cinemablend.com/games/Sega- ... 52947.html
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Jan 22, 2019
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Heh allegedly. Who keeps porn on USB sticks and carries them around anyway? Keeping it on computers is silly enough, everything is online
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SassyScoop wrote:
Jan 28th, 2019 9:05 am
Heh allegedly. Who keeps porn on USB sticks and carries them around anyway? Keeping it on computers is silly enough, everything is online
The answer is hubris. The type of people who keep material like that on USB keys are the type of people who direct open vitriol against Christians at company functions and then post about it on social media. This entire saga is a gong show and will probably end with Gearbox going bankrupt or going through severe lay offs. I have no idea what publisher would give them money after the whole SEGA debacle.
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Gearbox has a sure fire IP in borderlands and they still f up big time.
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BernardRyder wrote:
May 7th, 2019 6:48 pm
So no original Claptrap voice for this game? That's my favorite thing in Borderlands, the annoying robot
Seems that way.
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The new voice actor is in the Gearbox/Gamespot gameplay reveal event:




Never liked Claptrap. Seems to try too hard but is very unfunny.
The former voice actor claims he was fired over comments he made on Twitter which Randy Pitchford did not like.

BernardRyder wrote:
May 7th, 2019 6:48 pm
So no original Claptrap voice for this game? That's my favorite thing in Borderlands, the annoying robot
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Some people should just stay off social media. Doubt anything will change beyond superficial apologies and minor chastisements. Whatever the dude is, his thing makes money and at the end of the day, that's going to count for more than anything else.
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