Sega says Gearbox founder does 'whatever the f**k he likes'

Sega claims that Randy Pitchford, the founder of Gearbox does 'whatever the f**k he wants'

Published Thu, Sep 4 2014 3:32 AM CDT   |   Updated Tue, Nov 3 2020 12:14 PM CST

There's currently a class-action lawsuit regarding the debacle of Aliens: Colonial Marines, which was close to a conclusion last month when Sega agreed to shell out $1.25 million. But, that is all up in the air right now.

Sega says Gearbox founder does 'whatever the f**k he likes' |

A month after Gearbox filed a motion distancing itself from any form of financial obligation, which would see them not paying some $750,000 which would bring the total settlement to $2 million. Sega responded with its own motion, where it said that Gearbox was just as responsible for any payout responsibility. It gets pretty dirty, with e-mails, contracts and much more between the two companies.

There were many letters that saw Gearbox releasing many screenshots, videos and much more details on Alien: Colonial marines that had not been approved by Sega. Sega's thoughts on this had not been good when it got to October 2012, with a Sega PR rep blaming "persistent panel leaking" of game details on "Randy [Pitchford, Gearbox director] doing whatever the fuck he likes."

One of these e-mails was titled "Gearbox is announcing things" which talked about a bunch of game facts and video preview footage that was revealed back in June 2011, but hadn't been approved by Sega. In another e-mail, a Sega PR representative called Gearbox founder Randy Pitchford for "talk[ing] a LOT beyond what was in there" at an event. In a separate e-mail, Pitchford was quoted as saying "A:CM will curbstomp Dead Space" which we all know did not happen, at all.

The worst part of this, is an e-mail that describes Alien: Colonial Marines' pre-release demo, with Sega's Matthew Powers writing in July 2011: "The E3 demo is indeed the bar that we should use to determine where the entire game will be. That is Gearbox's plan and what they believe in."


Anthony joined the TweakTown team in 2010 and has since reviewed 100s of graphics cards. Anthony is a long time PC enthusiast with a passion of hate for games built around consoles. FPS gaming since the pre-Quake days, where you were insulted if you used a mouse to aim, he has been addicted to gaming and hardware ever since. Working in IT retail for 10 years gave him great experience with custom-built PCs. His addiction to GPU tech is unwavering.

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