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.