With all the controversy already surrounding Borderlands 3, it’s almost not surprising there is another one. Gearbox Software’s CEO, Randy Pitchford, appears to have had a spat with the original voice actor for one of the game’s most iconic characters, Claptrap.
It all began when David Eddings, the original voice for the witty (and sometimes annoying) robot, confirmed on Twitter he would no longer be playing the character. It’s been reported he never received payment for his previous voice acting, as he was a Gearbox employee at the time. Pitchford stated Eddings was never forced to play the role, with Gearbox saying arrangements like this are normal.
Eddings was a veteran at Gearbox before he left in 2017, taking a job at Rooster Teeth. In his tweet, Eddings stated he “insisted on getting paid for my [his] performance.” He also added a somewhat snarky comment about the supposed $12M Randy Pitchford received as a secret bonus.
This, obviously upset Pitchford, who had comment to tweet of his own. He stated Eddings was “bitter and disgruntled” when he was terminated from Gearbox. Pitchford went on to say they offered Eddings double the usual rate for the job, but still refused.
Gearbox released a statement to IGN, attempting to explain the whole Claptrap situation:
“Gearbox works to treat and compensate all voice actors at industry standards. We offer the opportunity for salaried employees to voice characters in the game, but is not a mandatory responsibility to their job requirements. In this particular case, now that he was no longer an employee, we offered him an industry standard rate, but were not able to reach an agreement. We are confident and happy with Jim Foronda as the voice of Claptrap, and we are confident our fans will be too.”
This is latest in a long line of controversies surrounding Borderlands 3, which included Pitchford’s comments on the game’s microtransactions.