There’s been an ongoing piece of Borderlands 3 high school level drama going on between Claptrap’s former voice actor and Gearbox CEO Randy Pitchford that has unfortunately reached the point where it’s hard to ignore.
The short-ish version of this story is that former Claptrap voice actor David Eddings claimed that he wasn’t reprising his role in Borderlands 3 due to a dispute over pay. It might have died there, but Eddings referenced a reported $12 million bonus that Pitchford supposedly secretly received and suggested that it should have gone into the Gearbox account.
Pitchford responded to the accusation over pay and confirmed that Eddings was not paid extra for his performances in the first two Borderlands games. According to Pitchford, the company did not typically pay salaried employees for this work and he implied that it would have been especially unusual in that instance as Eddings was an executive in the company. However, Pitchford notes that Eddings was offered twice the scale rate for voice actors if he agreed to voice Claptrap in Borderlands 3.
Now, Eddings is claiming that he offered to do the role for free (plus past royalties) if Pitchford apologized for allegedly assaulting him at GDC 2017. He did not elaborate on what an assault constitutes in this instance.
We’re sure this won’t be the last we hear of any of this, but it certainly is starting to sound like this is a case of two people who had a falling out years ago who have decided to take their arguments to social media in an effort to justify their position by seeing that more people take their side than the side of the other guy. There’s nothing here that couldn’t have been formally resolved through personal conversations or even in court (which is also still ongoing).
Matthew Byrd is a staff writer for Den of Geek. He spends most of his days trying to pitch deep-dive analytical pieces about Killer Klowns From Outer Space to an increasingly perturbed series of editors. You can read more of his work here or find him on Twitter at @SilverTuna014.