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Court Docs Allege Gearbox President Randy Pitchford USB Stick Contained Child Porn

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Court Docs Allege Gearbox President Randy Pitchford USB Stick Contained Child Porn

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Gearbox Software president, Randy Pitchford, is caught up in a legal row with a former employee. Recent documents have dropped that detail some salacious events, however, including a USB stick that allegedly had a collection of underage porn on it.

Journalist Nick Monroe posted up a Twitter thread on January 11th, 2019 going through court documents that have been made available over on Scribd.com, which outlines the fallout between former Gearbox counsel Wade Callender and Gearbox president Randy Pitchford. The court case is a messy one and is actually a counter-suit in retaliation of Gearbox suing Callender for fraud and fiduciary duty.

Callender’s counter-suit is filled with damning information, mostly in relation to Pitchford’s mismanagement of funds, throwing lavish parties, and a private USB drive that was supposed to be filled with confidential corporate business partnerships and information, but also allegedly contained a collection of child pornography.

On page 9 of the court documents, it recounts a story about how Pitchford left a USB drive at a restaurant in Texas and a good Samaritan went out of their way to retrieve it and return it to Pitchford after discovering that it contained sensitive information relating to business transactions and deals for Gearbox. At the time, Pitchford and Callender were in San Francisco, California. Callender ordered a copy be made of the USB drive just in case, but the court documents allege that Pitchford intervened.

The documents state…

“Pending his return to Texas, Callender instructed Gearbox personnel in Texas to make a copy of the USB drive to ensure that its contents could be verified and, if necessary, acted upon. Before Callender could review the USB drive contents, Pitchford intervened, by retrieving the lost USB drive himself and ordering Gearbox personnel to destroy the copy that Callender requested.​

“On information and belief, Randy Pitchford’s USB drive contained much more than the sensitive corporate documents of Gearbox and business partners like Take-Two Interactive, 2K Games, Sega, Microsoft, Sony, etc. Upon information and belief, Randy Pitchford’s USB drive also contained Randy Pitchford’s personal collection of “underage” pornography.”​

It’s not detailed how the information was retrieved that there was underage pornography on the USB stick, nor does it say if other employees had taken a look at the contents of the USB drive, or how many employees knew about the contents on the drive. It’s also not explained if the person tasked with making a copy of the USB drive relayed any of the information to them about the contents.

In an Ars Technica story, they reported that on December 22nd, 2018 there was a podcast published by the Piff Pod. Ars Technica quoted Pitchford’s statements from the pod, where he allegedly discussed what the “porn” was on the USB stick, a day after Callender had initially filed the court documents, stating…

“It’s a woman who is masturbating, and when she has some experience that appears as if she’s having an orgasm, a huge amount of fluid comes out of her vagina.”​

“This is not a sex worker—this is a fucking magician.” […] [The video was put on the USB stick and] “Some kid, an employee of the Medieval Times, discovered this memory stick, took it home, and accessed it because it was before we were password-protecting, and discovered secrets of my company and future games in development, and also discovered the pornography. And it was barely legal porn. This girl’s handle was ‘Only 18.’”​

Regardless of what happened with the USB stick, the shenanigans outlined in the court documents don’t end there.

They also reveal that apparently Pitchford held lavish parties at his house hosted by him and his wife, and that a lot of the money that was supposed to be used toward the development of games was instead siphoned into Pitchford’s obsession with entertaining people at garish events, including what was called “Peacok Parties” in the court documents.

On page 10, the documents briefly explain what took place at these parties, stating…

“On information and belief, Pitchford’s USB drive experience wasn’t enough to deter Randy Pitchford’s mischief, as Pitchford subsequently syphoned Gearbox profits to fund parties thrown by Pitchford and his wife at their home for their own personal benefit. At these events—which Pitchford and his wife affectionately term “Peacock Parties”—adult men have reportedly exposed themselves to minors, to the amusement of Randy Pitchford.”

The documents are filled with such similar stories of backdoor deals, constant partying, and superfluous spending.

The voice actor for Claptrap and the head of game publishing at Rooster Teeth, David Eddings, posted a cryptic tweet right after the documents and news stories went public, stating the following.