Ever since it was confirmed that David Eddings would not be back to voice Claptrap in Borderlands 3, there's been a whole lot of heat between him and Gearbox Software CEO Randy Pitchford. Initially, Eddings said that Gearbox was unwilling to pay him for his voice work in Borderlands 3. Pitchford denied this while also calling Eddings "bitter and disgruntled." Eddings then responded by accusing Pitchford of physically assaulting him in the lobby of the Marriott Marquis at GDC 2017. Gearbox has now issued a statement in response to these allegations.
In a statement to PC Gamer, Gearbox said:
"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."
To date, Gearbox CEO Randy Pitchford has yet to respond publicly to Eddings' physical assault allegations. Over the past couple of days, Pitchford's Twitter account has been mostly silent, save for a Borderlands shift code giveaway and chatting about how he is enjoying the new Sea of Thieves update.
Excited tonight to finally play the new Sea of Thieves update. I've been working too much this week. Need a crew for tomorrow!— Randy Pitchford (@DuvalMagic) May 7, 2019
There are quite a few responses to Pitchford's Twitter posts where people bring up the physical assault allegations, but it seems as though Pitchford has refrained from engaging with these individuals. At this point, it's unlikely that Pitchford will address the physical assault allegations publicly, so it looks like fans will just have to take Gearbox's statement as its final word on the matter.
Pitchford's Twitter feud with David Eddings is just the latest controversy involving the Gearbox Software CEO. Pitchford is currently involved in a lawsuit that alleges that he essentially siphoned away $12 million as a personal bonus that should have went to Gearbox employees. He's also had Twitter spats with Troy Baker, who is not returning to voice Rhys in Borderlands 3, as well as Game Informer after he was called out for saying Borderlands 3 doesn't have microtransactions when in reality, it does.
Whether or not Pitchford continues to find himself the center of controversy remains to be seen, but it will be interesting to see how all of this continues to develop leading up to Borderlands 3's launch in September.
Borderlands 3 launches on September 13 for PC, PS4, and Xbox One.
Source: PC Gamer