In a recent Twitter beef between Claptrap voice actor David Eddings (not included in Borderlands 3) and Gearbox CEO Randy Pitchford, Eddings accused Pitchford of physically assaulting him in a hotel lobby. While Pitchford himself has remained silent on the issue, Gearbox has issued a statement in response to the allegations.
In a statement to the website PC Gamer,this is what Gearbox had to say:
“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.”
So a very neutral stance basically. Gearbox have excluded themselves from the personal matter between Randy Pitchford and David Eddings. That’s probably because they don’t want negative publicity for Borderlands 3.
The beef Eddings and Pitchford started during a pay dispute regarding the voice acting of Claptrap. Reportedly, Eddings asked for too much.
Later on, in his own words, Eddings was willing to just take royalties as well from his past work. This allegedly transitioned into the supposed physical assault by Randy Pitchford in a Marriot Hotel lobby.
Until witnesses and testimonies follow through, it’s most likely that this case won’t go anywhere. It’s not even a proper case to begin with due to Eddings not taking any form of official or legal action.
Still, Borderlands brand image can be hugely damaged by these claims. Considering Borderlands 3 already gets a bad rep for its Epic Store exclusivity, this new controversy is just adding to the flames.
It’s not a big help to Gearbox either that Randy Pitchford has displayed rather volatile behavior in the past as well.
Authentic confirmation or proof about the physical assault case is yet to be seen. As of right now, Gearbox’s statement might be the last one we see on this matter.