The ex-voice of Claptrap, from the Borderlands games, said he would’ve come back if the head of Gearbox apologised for attacking him.
The explanation for why the voice of Claptrap in Borderlands 3 has changed has proved to have a complex and disturbing answer.
The voice was previous provided by David Eddings, who at the time was also the vice president of licensing and business development at developer Gearbox Software.
Since he was already a full-time employee, he wasn’t paid any extra for voicing Claptrap but as he’s now left the company he obviously did want paying if he was going to do it again.
‘For the first time, I insisted on getting paid for my performance and all of a sudden they couldn’t afford me’, said Eddings on Twitter.
He sounded pretty angry about the whole thing, but Gearbox boss Randy Pitchford insisted that he had been made a ‘relatively generous offer to reprise the role’ – which Eddings turned down.
Pitchford then made the situation worse by describing Eddings as ‘bitter and disgruntled about having been terminated’ and that he was offered double the normal industry voiceover rate.
This resulted in a lot more tweets from Eddings and the accusation that Pitchford physically assaulted him in a hotel lobby in 2017.
According to him, he offered to do the voiceovers for Borderlands 3 for free, in exchange for unpaid royalties on the previous games and a public apology for the alleged assault.
This isn’t even the first dispute to arise over Borderlands 3 voiceovers, with veteran voice actor Troy Baker having previously put into question Pitchford’s explanation for why he isn’t in the game.
It’s hardly the first time Pitchford has been the centre of controversy either, starting with a host of allegations of wrong-doing surrounding the development of Aliens: Colonial Marines, accusations that he pocketed a secret $12 million bonus from publisher 2K (which Eddings refers to in his tweets), an angry Twitter rant over whether Borderlands 3 does or doesn’t have microtransactions (it has cosmetic-only ones), and that one time he was caught with ‘barely legal’ porn on his laptop – which he claimed was to help learn a magic trick.
Pitchford has been front and centre in the promotion of Borderlands 3 but whether he’ll stay there, ahead of the game’s release this autumn, remains to be seen.
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