×
You will be redirected back to your article in seconds

Gearbox: Allegations Meritless, Plans to File Grievance With State Bar

Borderlands” creator Gearbox Software called allegations levied against it and CEO Randy Pitchford “meritless allegations” and that the company plans to file a grievance against Wade Callender, the former general counsel of “Borderlands” developer Gearbox Software that is suing them.

In the lurid lawsuit, Callendar accuses Pitchford, among other things, of negotiating a secret $12 million executive bonus with publisher Take-Two Interactive. The lawsuit also claimed Pitchford left a USB drive at a Texas Medieval Times restaurant in 2014 containing sensitive Gearbox corporate materials and a personal collection of underage pornography. The suit also accuses him of siphoning Gearbox profits to fund so-called “Peacock Parties” at his home, where adult men would allegedly expose themselves to minors to Pitchford’s amusement.

In an email to Variety, Gearbox said it would be filing a grievance with the State Bar of Texas against Callender for disciplinary proceedings for “filing a lawsuit that includes accusations that he knows to be untrue.”

“The lawyer’s rules of professional conduct expressly prohibit the filing of documents that are knowingly false,” according to the email.

Gearbox points to the use of what it calls the use of “hedged lawyer language and clever application of quotation marks” in the lawsuit. “Wade is engaged in a shakedown and he’s clearly using deceit and lies to try to cause damage by promoting a narrative that he knows is false,” according to the email.

Gearbox also specifically addressed the claims made against Pitchford in regards to the memory stick story and the “Peacock Parties.” The company said that the allegations about underage performers is false. Gearbox pointed to the Piff podcast, which was recorded on Dec. 18. Callendar’s lawsuit was filed on Dec. 21 and the podcast went live the next day.

In terms of the “Peacock Parties,” Gearbox notes that the Pitchfords own the Peacock Theater, which hosts a variety arts show that has “featured some of the most respected and renowned performers in the world and has been attended by prominent members of the local community and larger media.”

The performances are all recorded, though Gearbox said it couldn’t release those videos without first receiving consent from the performers. It did offer to allow Variety to watch the videos for validation.

“You will see that there is nothing to support what Wade has alleged and that Wade’s claims are false,” according to the email. ” Also, the fact is that there’s no such thing as a ‘Peacock Party.’ This is terminology that the Pitchfords have never used and was made up by Wade in a further attempt to paint a sensational picture that is demonstrably false.”

Gearbox said the other business claims, including those relating to the “secret bonus,” are also untrue.

“Randy is shocked by the meritless allegations brought up by a former friend and colleague, to whom he has extended his personal funds multiple times to help him purchase a home, a car, and even fully finance his tuition and expenses for an executive MBA at Pepperdine.”

More Gaming

  • Rapper, Songwriter BlocBoy JB Sues 'Fortnite'

    Rapper, Songwriter BlocBoy JB Sues 'Fortnite' Creator Over 'Shoot' Dance

    BlocBoy JB is joining the ranks of performers suing Epic Games for a dance move. In this case, James “BlocBoy JB” Baker filed suit against the “Fortnite” creator for the game’s use of his “shoot” dance, a dance move he created in his music video for “Shoot.” The dance move is called “hype” in the [...]

  • Spaces Terminatro VR Experience Goes Live

    Comcast-Backed Spaces Launches San Jose Location With 'Terminator' VR Experience

    Comcast-backed virtual reality startup Spaces is getting ready to open its second California location in San Jose next month: The company has teamed up with Cinemark to open a new VR center at the Century 20 Oakridge and XD theatre in San Jose on February 8. The new Cinemark Spaces center will open with “Fight for [...]

  • 'Farming Simulator' Esports League Promises Big

    'Farming Simulator' Esports League Promises Big Prizes, New Game Mode

    “Farming Simulator” is getting its own esports league and a new competitive game mode to match, according to an announcement made Wednesday via the game’s official website. The decision to make an esports league around the farming game comes after the “Farming Simulator” Championship’s first season was held in 2018. The Championship will become a [...]

  • PS Now Coming to New European

    PS Now Coming to New European Territories Later This Year

    Sony is rolling out PlayStation Now service to new territories across Europe later this year, it announced on the European PlayStation Blog on Wednesday. Gamers in Spain, Italy, Portugal, Norway, Denmark, Finland, and Sweden will soon get access to over 600 PS4, PS3, and PS2 titles. Sony will confirm launch dates for those regions soon, [...]

  • Crackle - To Win it All

    Sony Crackle Nabs 'Rainbow Six Siege' Esports Documentary Streaming Rights

    Sony Crackle has secured exclusive streaming rights to Ubisoft’s esports documentary “To Win it All: The Road to The Six Invitational,” following three pro players of “Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six Siege” shooter as they head to the title’s biggest tournament of the year. The free streaming network is slated to bow the documentary Friday, Jan. [...]

  • 'Far Cry New Dawn' Struggles to

    'Far Cry New Dawn' Struggles to Find Itself

    “Far Cry New Dawn” feels like a playable identity crisis. The almost ironic neon blooms of setting, the scavenger hunt narrative, the familiarity of core play offset by tweaks in the formula all result in an experience that seems to struggle to find itself, a game caught mid-transformation. Perhaps it’s unfair to cast so large [...]

  • Crytek And SpatialOS Developer Improbable Team

    Crytek and SpatialOS Developer Improbable Team Up for AAA Project

    German game studio Crytek is partnering with technology company Improbable on an unannounced AAA project, it revealed in a blog post on Wednesday. The new game will use Crytek’s game engine, called CryEngine, and Improbable’s SpatialOS, a cloud platform for real-time multiplayer games. Crytek said it will give more details about the project soon. The [...]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content