We were informed not very long ago that David Eddings would not be reprising his role as Claptrap in the upcoming Borderlands 3. Now we might know more about why. Guess what, it’s Randy Pitchford again.
Besides the obvious pay issue that the two couldn’t resolve. Apparently, Eddings was assaulted by Randy Pitchford. An incident he recently tweeted about after the two went at it online:
I ultimately offered to do it for “free” in exchange for past royalties owed plus an apology for something I’ve never spoken about publicly until now: Randy physically assaulted me in the lobby of the Marriott Marquis at GDC 2017.
— David Eddings (@davideddings) May 7, 2019
So this adds a whole new layer of volatile behavior from the CEO of Gearbox himself. Physical assault on a former employee? I do hope we get more context, as well as some sort of confirmation on its authenticity.
According to the tweet, this was when Eddings offered to portray Claptrap in exchange for past royalties instead of a bonus. He then tweeted that he was actually assaulted in the lobby of the hotel this incident occurred in. The time and date of when this happened remain unconfirmed and there’s yet to be any other supports to this claim.
All we can do is assume until then. Randy Pitchford’s aggressive behavior does sort of align with the claim but going as far as physical assault might be far fetched.
Controversy and Randy Pitchford seem to go side by side and is not good for Borderlands 3 overall. The amount of damage done to the Borderlands 3 brand image alone is a lot, now add up the hate Randy Pitchford has garnered. It’s a pretty deadly combo.
If this is true, I hope Eddings does take more action than just a callout since this is pretty outrageous. More and more bad press pile up on Gearbox Software.
Borderlands 3 releases on September 15th for the Xbox One, PlayStation 4 and Epic Store.