Earlier in the week, we reported on allegations against Gearbox CEO Randy Pitchford. Former Gearbox Vice President David Eddings claimed that Pitchford physically assaulted him in 2017. Eddings did not share specifics at that time, but he has since opened up about the incident.
Eddings claims he was approached by two different people with an alarming rumor at GDC 2017. Both sources claimed that investor Greg Richardson was interested in buying Gearbox. As Vice President of Business for the company, Eddings was shocked that he was hearing this for the first time. These sources asked to remain anonymous, and Eddings agreed.
Shortly after this, he approached Pitchford to ask about the rumor. We know from the Wade Callender lawsuit that Pitchford would eventually team up with Richardson on a funding deal. That deal was finalized in July, while GDC took place in March. Eddings claims Pitchford denied any knowledge of Richardson and quickly became angry. Pitchford demanded to know the name of the sources, and when Eddings didn’t answer, Pitchford got physical.
The CEO gets angry
He shoved the f**k 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.
Gearbox co-founder Landon Montgomery has corroborated this claim. He confirms that he saw David Eddings whisper something to Pitchford and that Pitchford responded with a hard shove. The fight continued via text message, and Eddings stood his ground. As a result, Pitchford fired him the next day.
Warning: The following text messages contain explicit language.
Pitchford has not yet issued any comment on the allegations about the altercation. 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.