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Claptrap's voice actor claims Randy Pitchford assaulted him once

Published: 10:55, 07 May 2019
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You probably heard by now that David Eddings will not be reprising his role of Claptrap in Borderlands 3, but his Twitter war with Gearbox's CEO Randy Pitchford has taken a nasty turn when Eddings said Pitchford physically assaulted him.

In hindsight, we're not sure it was in Pitchford's best interest to make his dispute public, especially since the issue over the original Claptrap's return has been closely tied to the assault allegation.

Just to get you up to speed, Pitchford recently tweeted that Eddings, a former Gearbox employee, was never forced to do the role, even though voice acting wasn't in his job description at the time.

"He wanted it (and reveled in it). The issue today is that Mr. Eddings is bitter and disgruntled about having been terminated. He was offered 2x scale, he refused. I don't want him to do it unless he wants to do it, as motivation affects performance", he said.

Eddings replied saying that he was fine leaving Gearbox, but that Pitchford's claims of how generously rewarded he was are just untrue. 

"I ultimately offered to do it for 'free' in exchange for past royalties owed plus an apology for something I’ve never spoken about publicly until now: Randy physically assaulted me in the lobby of the Marriott Marquis at GDC 2017", Eddings wrote.

He went on saying that Pitchford has been "on the tilt" these past few years and that he's not the victim he pretends to be. Apparently, he even had to block him once for stalking him. 

"It's nice not feeling the need to spot any sleight of hand these days or wonder if the card was chosen or forced. I'm happy to be free from the half-truths and full-on deceptions. And thankful to no longer hear people referred to as 'muggle' like a con-man refers to a 'mark'", Eddings concluded.

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What this ultimately suggests that it wasn't the money that decided whether Claptrap's coming back, but rather Pitchford's pride, which would indeed be sad, if true.

You can find Eddings' tweet here .

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