Video game studio Gearbox Software is engaged in contentious legal battle with the company’s former general counsel, Wade Callender.
Gearbox initially filed a lawsuit against Callender alleging that he misused company funds for to pay for tuition, a home loan, and other personal expenses.
In a countersuit, Callender leveled multiple serious allegations against Gearbox CEO Randy Pitchford, accusing Pitchford of taking a $12 million bonus that was intended as an advance against profits of “Borderlands 2,” its blockbuster video game.
Callender’s suit also alleges that Pitchford once left a USB drive in a Dallas restaurant containing underage pornography — though Pitchford separately told a podcast interview that the model featured in the video was “barely legal.”
In a statement issued to Kotaku, Gearbox said the allegations have “no basis in reality or law,” and the company plans to settle the matter in court.
A messy split between a video game Gearbox and its former general counsel has led to a legal battle, resulting in some serious allegations against Gearbox CEO Randy Pitchford.
Kotaku reports that Wade Callender, former general counsel for Gearbox Software, has filed a lawsuit against Pitchford over several allegations involving the video game studio, as well as a co-owned joint real estate venture. Among other things, Callender alleges that Pitchford secretly took a $12 million bonus from publisher Take-Two Interactive that was intended to fund development of Gearbox’s blockbuster game, “Borderlands 2.”
More seriously, Callender’s lawsuit also makes allegations of improper personal conduct against Pitchford, including claims that Pitchford once left a USB drive in a Dallas restaurant that contained confidential Gearbox documents, as well as info belonging to business partners including Sega, Sony, and Microsoft — and that “upon information and belief,” Randy Pitchford’s USB drive also contained Randy Pitchford’s personal collection of ‘underage’ pornography,” …read more
Source:: Business Insider