Claptrap Voice Actor Claims Gearbox CEO Randy Pitchford Physically Assaulted Him

Claptrap Voice Actor Claims Gearbox CEO Randy Pitchford Physically Assaulted Him

More Borderlands 3 drama on Twitter.

A day after a Twitter dust-up between Gearbox CEO Randy Pitchford and Claptrap voice actor and former Gearbox VP David Eddings, new allegations of physical assault have surfaced about the Gearbox founder.

Eddings, who once served as Gearbox's VP of business development as well as voiced the robot mascot Claptrap in Borderlands, revealed yesterday that he did not return to voice the character in Borderlands 3 over a payment dispute. Pitchford fired back online, saying that not only did Gearbox offered to pay, but offered double industry rates.

Pitchford went on to call Eddings "bitter and disgruntled" over having been terminated from Gearbox. This has prompted Eddings to reveal more of his relationship with Gearbox's founder. In a new series of tweets Eddings revealed, "I was fine moving on after Gearbox. But when my former boss starts mouthing off about various aspects of my employment including 'how highly compensated' I was and how 'generous' he is, I feel obligated to correct the record."

Eddings says he had "mixed feelings" about reprising the role of Claptrap late last year, but decided he could do it for the fans. "I ultimately offered to do it for 'free' in exchange for past royalties owed plus an apology for something I've never spoken about publicly until now: Randy physically assaulted me in the lobby of the Marriot Marquis at GDC 2017."

Eddings says that aside from that incident at GDC, he's had to block Pitchford on social media for "stalking" and that Pitchford referred to people as "muggles," a term from the "Harry Potter" series to describe non-wizards. Eddings again brought up the $12 million bonus Pitchford reportedly took for Borderlands, though 2K Games and Gearbox remain adamant that there was nothing illegal with that bonus.

Pitchford's social media presence is certainly not doing Borderlands 3 any favors. A month after Borderlands 3 was announced, Pitchford has already stirred trouble on Twitter for calling out Game Informer over a story that Borderlands 3 would have microtransactions. Pitchford said there wouldn't be any "free-to-play" like mechanics but that there would be cosmetics. 2K later confirmed there would be microtransactions in Borderlands 3.

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Matt Kim

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Matt Kim is a former freelance writer who's covered video games and digital media. He likes video games as spectacle and is easily distracted by bright lights or clever bits of dialogue. He also once wrote about personal finance, but that's neither here nor there.

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