[Kotaku] Former Gearbox Lawyer Accuses CEO Randy Pitchford Of Taking Secret $12 Million Bonus In Lawsuit Gearbox Calls 'Absurd'

Jan 7, 2018
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So if Mr. Eddings is talking about the underage porn and/or fetish parties then why he is just now coming out about it? If it is true wouldn't he be an accomplice since he knew about this for so long and did nothing (similar to ole Joe Paterno at Penn State).
 
Nov 2, 2017
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Both men sound like pieces of shit.

I don’t understand why the USB thing has gone unheard until now. Wouldn’t whoever found the drive check out it’s content and report it? Unless randy sent someone, possibly the layer himself, to clean his tracks and were lucky to get the drive back.
 
Oct 25, 2017
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Also depends which state it's in. In general, as I understand it, there's no legal obligation to report a crime. But there are exceptions, and some of those pertain to child abuse.
There's also the possibility the tweet only refers to the main body/title of the article. It would be best not just to automatically assume everything is true.
 

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Oct 25, 2017
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Drake threads about relationship with Millie Bobby Brown and another about how he behaved with underage fan on stage come to mind. Some posters did their best to come up with reasons why it all was above board etc., I don't know if anyone was banned for it.
Oh they were def banned.
 

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Oct 24, 2017
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So if Mr. Eddings is talking about the underage porn and/or fetish parties then why he is just now coming out about it? If it is true wouldn't he be an accomplice since he knew about this for so long and did nothing (similar to ole Joe Paterno at Penn State).
It is unclear what he is referring to as being true. Whether this is the twelve million dollar bonus, the other accusations, some of it, or all of it.
 
Oct 25, 2017
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There's also the possibility the tweet only refers to the main body/title of the article. It would be best not just to automatically assume everything is true.
I'm not assuming anything, read my posts. I actually said that if he wasn't talking about all the allegations, it wasn't a particularly sensible tweet. I was just providing a bit of insight on the law.

I'll stop now.
 

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Oct 27, 2017
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People waiting for evidence yet there's a USB of his with company secrets and Child Porn on it... What more do you need.
We need to know that the USB drive actually exists. An initial complaint filing is not where the truth typically lies, in my experience. (Yes I am in the legal field)
 
Apr 12, 2018
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Wow reading that OP... that escalated incredibly quickly. You don’t accuse someone of something like that without merit, especially if you’re a lawyer. It’s sad that I am 100 inclined to believe the accusation as well.What a mess.
 
Oct 25, 2017
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I'm not assuming anything, read my posts. I was just providing a bit of insight on the law.

I'll stop now.
Oh, I was just adding that as my concluding remark to our back and forth. Not saying it at you.

People waiting for evidence yet there's a USB of his with company secrets and Child Porn on it... What more do you need.
It doesn't seem like any USB stick is in evidence/been presented. It's a comment based on a verbal accusation only.
 
Oct 25, 2017
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Do you say this with any accusation made against predators or just right now because he's a prominent dev?
I personally think Pitchford is a lying piece of shit, but even then I believe everyone should have the right to clear their name if they're truly innocent.

This is an extremely serious accusation but we have to remember that at this point it still is just an accusation, and as yet an unproven one.
 
Jan 3, 2019
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I was weary of Pitchford in terms of shady business dealings after the whole Colonial Marines fiasco, but this...THIS is next level scum-baggery if true
 
Apr 12, 2018
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Also , how many cases of bringing up past disgusting allegations need to occur before people drop the “ Well why not bring it up back then?”. Come on people
 
Oct 25, 2017
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Randy is a con-artist who stole the art-style for the Borderlands games from an artist they were going to hire then turned down, only for their game to release with a rip-off design.

Full details here for those who don't know.

Guy has always been shady af.
 
Oct 25, 2017
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So if Mr. Eddings is talking about the underage porn and/or fetish parties then why he is just now coming out about it? If it is true wouldn't he be an accomplice since he knew about this for so long and did nothing (similar to ole Joe Paterno at Penn State).
Yeah at least the lawyer might even have had an ethical obligation to keep Pitchford's secrets if he also acted as a personal attorney.

But I do wonder if Eddings is just confirming the bonus story. But that part just seems like Pitchford being Pitchford.
 
Nov 14, 2017
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This doesn't really tell us much, does it? If he had been aware of the illegal stuff wouldn't he be complicit?
No, it could be the same as Jimmy Saville here in the UK. Lots of people around the BBC had heard rumours, and so were aware he was a creep. Most assumed he was targeting 14/5year olds (16 is age of consent here in UK), but nobody knew the extent of what he was up to.
 
Oct 25, 2017
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If it true then he would be in just as much trouble for keeping it under wraps for all these years. It blows my mind how stupid people are
I'm not totally knowledgeable in the field, but I'd think there would be some confidentiality clause he'd have to abide by, as a lawyer to his client. Now that he's no longer employed and being sued by them, he can speak out on it due to Gearbox no longer holding his livelihood at stake.

If most lawyers came out with all of the shady shit their clients pulled, the world would be a better place, but alas.
 
Dec 5, 2018
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Randy is a con-artist who stole the art-style for the Borderlands games from an artist they were going to hire then turned down, only for their game to release with a rip-off design.

Full details here for those who don't know.

Guy has always been shady af.
Doing that doesn't make you a peado though. That's a big jump
 
Jan 7, 2018
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People waiting for evidence yet there's a USB of his with company secrets and Child Porn on it... What more do you need.
There is allegedly a USB with these things on it. Or...there is a USB and it allegedly has these things on it. whichever. This was back in 2014. Where is the USB now? Who knew what was on it? How did they know?

That isn't evidence.
 
Oct 25, 2017
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Seattle
There is allegedly a USB with these things on it. Or...there is a USB and it allegedly has these things on it. whichever. This was back in 2014. Where is the USB now? Who knew what was on it? How did they know?

That isn't evidence.
If the lawyer was his personal attorney, he could have known because Randy could have confided in him looking for legal advice.

That's my only guess that lets the lawyer potentially off the hook for the knowledge; Eddings or anyone else on the other hand is a different story. But I have no idea if this guy was a personal attorney for Pitchford.
 
Oct 25, 2017
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When people know about shit like this and say nothing aren't they complicit???

Really hope that USB shit isn't true and even if it is, how do they prove it? Wouldn't it be hearsay unless they can somehow prove it?
 
Oct 25, 2017
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There is allegedly a USB with these things on it. Or...there is a USB and it allegedly has these things on it. whichever. This was back in 2014. Where is the USB now? Who knew what was on it? How did they know?

That isn't evidence.
It sounds like this USB stick isn't itself part of their evidence. Just what they've heard about what was allegedly on it.
 
Oct 25, 2017
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It is unclear what he is referring to as being true. Whether this is the twelve million dollar bonus, the other accusations, some of it, or all of it.
At the same time though, everyone is talking about the Child Porn accusations. I can't imagine that Edding isn't referring to that, unless he comes out and tries to make a bad joke out of his tweet.
 
Oct 25, 2017
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There is allegedly a USB with these things on it. Or...there is a USB and it allegedly has these things on it. whichever. This was back in 2014. Where is the USB now? Who knew what was on it? How did they know?

That isn't evidence.
The defense force is strong here. compared to similar topics I'm surprised at how many people are defending this guy compared to other scenarios.