A lawsuit accuses the CEO behind the blockbuster ‘Borderlands’ video games of lewd behavior and pocketing a secret $12 million bonus

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  • 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,

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