Randy Pitchford Equips a Legendary Shield
The Borderlands developer Gearbox Software has a lot of dedicated fans. Unfortunately, it also has a lot of shady stuff going on, at least from the outside looking in. There are the allegations of physical abuse at the hands of the CEO Randy Pitchford, the employees’ absent royalty cheques, not to mention the USB of porn left by Pitchford at Medieval Times. However, there are people on the inside of Gearbox that say they have only positive experiences with the company. Bear in mind, they work for Gearbox and Randy Pitchford.
Gearbox director Maxime Babin went as far as to jump on LinkedIn and give his own hottake on the company’s whole Royalty Program. There are two sides to every story, and Babin feels that only half the story has been told here. He makes 3 big points in his response. The first is that the projections for the Royalty Program are just projections, not promises. Obviously, every studio wants their game to be a success, but that does not mean their expectations will be met in reality. His second point is that employees have received royalties and that more are on the way. The third point was that Randy Pitchford has apparently shared 30% of the company with its employees and that act deserves more attention than it got.
You can view Babin’s entire comment on LinkedIn for yourself. While this feels like a defense of Pitchford, keep in mind that this comes from a director of Gearbox Quebec, not a spokesperson. There are also a lot of employees who agree with Babin’s response as well.
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