A combine of lawsuits filed in Collin County and Dallas County District Courts late last year came to lightweight on Friday, every revolving around AN nasty dispute between the previous general counsel of casing Studios (makers of the Borderlands and Aliens: Colonial Marines game series) and its business executive, horny Pitchford.

A November filing by the casing, uncovered by Kotaku’s Jason Schreier, alleged that the company’s former general counsel, Wade Callender, “exploit[ed] Gearbox’s generosity and trust for his gain.” Callender’s lawsuit, filed within the same court one month later, went quite a bit additional. Callender’s suit alleges that Pitchford “breached his fiduciary duties by exploiting casing staff and property to fund Pitchford’s non-public cravings,” and one portion of the suit makes two sensational accusations regarding. Pitchford’s behaviour: that he accidentally left a variety of “underage” creative activity on a USB stick at an eating house, which he used his company’s cash to host parties wherever “adult men have reportedly exposed themselves to minors, to the amusement of Pitchford.”

The allegations a few USB sticks places its discovery at a 2014 Medieval Times Dinner and Tournament location in Dallas, down the road from Gearbox’s city, Texas, headquarters. Callender alleges within the Gregorian calendar month suit that somebody from the eating house perused the USB stick’s contents upon their discovery then contacted the sports studio so its staff may recover it. “Pitchford declared that the thumb drive was his and requested its prompt come back,” Callender’s suit states.

At now, Callender and alternative casing counsel were “mediating one more case within which Pitchford’s conduct was front and centre: the Aliens: Colonial Marines class-action.” Callender alleges that whereas he was out of the city, he asked casing staffers in Texas to “make a replica of the USB drive, to make sure that its contents might be verified and, if necessary, acted upon.” Callender was unable to envision these files, he alleges, as a result of “Pitchford intervened by retrieving the lost USB drive himself and ordering casing personnel to destroy the copy that Callender requested.”

Citing “information and belief,” Callender alleges that the USB stick in question contained “Randy Pitchford’s assortment of ‘underage’ creative activity,” additionally to “sensitive company documents of casing and business partners like Take-Two Interactive, 2K Games, Sega, Microsoft, Sony, etc.”

Additionally, Callender alleges that Pitchford “syphoned casing profits to fund parties thrown by Pitchford and his spouse.” The suit describes these parties, referred to as “Peacock Parties,” as gatherings wherever male person guests “have reportedly exposed themselves to minors, to the amusement of horny Pitchford.”

David Eddings, a former casing VP up till 2017, took to Twitter once Kotaku’s report went put up an imprecise, two-word post: “It’s true.” As of press time, Eddings has not processed whether or not his position refers to specific allegations from the suit, and also the Twitter post isn’t an immediate reply to the other post regarding the lawsuit.

Callender’s suit doesn’t make sure whether or not enforcement was notified regarding these allegations of sexual exposure to minors or the doable presence of kid creative activity on a USB stick in hand by Pitchford. Neither Callender’s legal counsel nor casing representatives more matured Ars’ queries as of press time. However, housing did supply a press release to Kotaku on Friday: “The allegations created by a discontented former worker ar absurd, with no basis essentially or law. we glance forward to addressing this no-count suit in court and don’t have any additional comment at now.”

Representatives from the Dallas law enforcement agency didn’t straightaway answer questions about doable investigations concerning kiddie porn and Pitchford. The Frisco, Texas, department of local government aforesaid it had no investigations involving Pitchford at now.

Randy’s rebuttal:

The creation was a “magic trick.”
Bizarrely enough, Pitchford corroborates a number of the story’s details by showing on a podcast that went life sooner or later once Callender’s suit was filed. On the Gregorian calendar month twenty-two episode of The Piff Pod, Pitchford talks at length regarding creation that he enjoys look, as well as “camgirl” creative activity, within which a bunch exposes themselves to a live feed and takes requests and money tips from shoppers. Pitchford explained that he was “a client of this content.” He confirmed that he derived a particular video “to this memory stick” to, as he describes it, “work out the method” of however a camgirl host faked the act of female ejaculation. (Be warned: he describes, however, the video appearance in significantly graphic detail.)

“I completed, this is often not a sex employee,” Pitchford aforesaid on the show. “This may be a fucking magician.” Pitchford, for those unaware, encompasses a genuine interest within the field of magicians and owns the magic-focused Genii Magazine.

“This was before I learned I ought to in all probability have password-protected memory sticks,” Pitchford says, before admitting that he had so left a USB flash drive at a Medieval Times Dinner and Tournament eating house. “Some kid, AN worker of Medieval Times, discovered this memory stick, took it home… and discovered secrets of my company and future games in development, and additionally discovered the creative activity. It was ‘barely legal’ creation. This girl’s handle was ‘Only eighteen.'” The USB flash drive came back to the casing, Pitchford says, in exchange for “swag” and video games.

Pitchford claimed that the flash drive got hold of the studio whereas Pitchford was on vacation. Thus his government assistant checked its contents. “Before I do know it, I believe the complete workplace checked out it. Moreover, there was one piece of content on here. Moreover, it ne’er occurred to any of them that the explanation why there was simply that single erotica was as a result of the magic, not as a result of [pause] I do not recognize regardless of the fuck they thought.” Later within the podcast, Pitchford suggests golf stroke this “Only 18” entertainer “on the cover” of a future Genii Magazine issue.

Claims regarding Media & Magic
Gearbox’s November suit filed against Callender seeks over $1 million in damages. It alleges, in part, that Callender didn’t repay a $300,000 loan issued by Pitchford in 2015 which he used Gearbox’s company credit cards for private use before resigning from the corporate in Gregorian calendar month 2018.

Callender’s lawsuit seeks damages from each Pitchford and casing software system “in more than $1 million” on the premise of the defendants’ “intent to swindle or harm” the previous casing general counsel. Callender’s legal team claims these actions “destroyed [Callender’s] property and monetary interests.” The suit, in addition, alleges that Pitchford accepted a $12 million bonus from game publisher Take-Two Interactive to “Randy’s facet entity, ‘Pitchford diversion Media & Magic,” which this happened “unbeknownst to casing staff,” therefore putting a “financial burden” on those staff.

“Randy Pitchford may be an artful and virtuously bankrupt business executive UN agency ingloriously exploited his oldest friend, a Texas professional and military veteran named Wade Callender,” the lawsuit states.

Late on Friday, Pitchford denotes a response to Callender’s suit on his Twitter account. “The attacks created by my former friend and colleague don’t have any basis essentially or law,” Pitchford wrote. “He is just attempting to shake ME down for cash. We are going to win, however as a result of lawsuits ar unfinished I can’t comment the maximum amount as I’d like. I’m afraid by his lies. Thanks for your love and support.”

Shortly once Pitchford’s tweet, casing replied to Ars’ emailed request for comment while not respondent our queries. Instead, a casing representative requested a “revision” of the article’s headline and content. (The headline originally browses, “After suit filed, casing business executive confirms he left USB stick of creation at Medieval Times,” that Ars has tweaked slightly given the podcast was recorded before the suit.)

“Though the podcast episode came out every day once Wade’s suit was filed, the particular recording (and telling of the story) was done before the suit was filed,” casing commercial enterprise PR manager capital of Texas Malcolm wrote in AN email.

Here, have the podcast
Still shortly Friday, casing PR forwarded a prolonged statement to Ars Technica concerning the Gregorian calendar month suit filed against casing and Pitchford. It begins with Gearbox’s pledge to “file a grievance with the State Bar of Texas against our former general counsel for disciplinary proceedings.” The statement queries Callender’s “use of qualified attorney language and clever application of quotation marks,” then alleges that Callender is “clearly exploitation deceit and lies to undertake to cause injury by promoting a narrative that he is aware of is fake.”

Gearbox’s statement enclosed a link to same Piff Pod episode coupled earlier in our report, therefore apparently endorsing its comments on a company level.

The statement additionally describes one thing known as the Peacock Theater as if it were AN existing, in public accessible arts venue (“owned by the Pitchfords and hosts a range arts show that has featured a number of the foremost revered and famed performers within the world”), once it’s in truth a personal, invite-only event hosted at Pitchford’s “massive house in an exceedingly gated community.”

casing claims that “every performance at the Peacock Theater was recorded” and invitations members of the press to “watch any or all of those videos in camera for additional validation.” (These videos’ public cannot happen while not consent from the performers, the statement says.) we are going to follow up with Gearbox’s supply to look at these videos.

The company’s statement concludes with the following: “Randy is afraid by the no-count allegations stated by a former friend and colleague, to whom he has extended his funds multiple times to assist him to purchase a home, a car, ANd even totally finance his tuition and expenses for a government MBA at Pepperdine.”