Former Claptrap voice actor David Eddings has now shared new details about the alleged physical assault by Gearbox CEO Randy Pitchford. This follows up the previous story that we reported on allegations against Randy Pitchford. Former Vice President David Eddings went on Twitter to claim that he was physically assaulted by Pitchford in 2017. Eddings didn’t share details about the incident at that time but he has now opened up in a recent interview with Newsweek.
Eddings says that he was approached by two different people at Games Developer Conference 2017. Both of these people claimed that Greg Richardson (investor) is interested in buying Gearbox Software and were looking for the price of the company. These sources asked to remain anonymous.
Claptrap voice actor then took this information to Randy Pitchford, who declined to know anything about Greg Richardson and became very angry. Pitchford demanded to know these anonymous sources and when Eddings didn’t reveal them, Pitchford assaulted him.
He shoved the fuck out of me while I’m on the balls of my feet trying to whisper. [He] knocked me back four steps… I believe I caught him in a deception.
David Eddings revealed that there were two witnesses, though one of them didn’t see the actual assault. On the other handGearbox, co-founder Landon Montgomery confirmed that “David leaned up to whisper something to Randy and out of the blue, Randy shoves him, hard.” The fight then continued via messages. After this incident, Randy “raged fire” Eddings.
Pitchford has yet to respond to this story, however, Gearbox has issued the following statement:
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 think it’s a shame that the 400+ employees here who have poured the love and passion into Borderlands 3 are having their work be diluted by personal allegations.
The whole situation keeps getting worse for both Pitchford and Gearbox. However, we hope that this doesn’t affect Borderlands 3 which is scheduled to release on September 15 for Microsoft’s Xbox One, Sony’s PlayStation 4 and PC via Epic Store.