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Claptrap actor clashes with Gearbox over reprising role

Update: David Eddings has since spoken out about an alleged assault incident that happened back in 2017.

Update: Since this original story was written Eddings has responded to both 2K and Pitchford's statements on the matter via a Twitter thread, revealing information that he hasn't told the public before:

"I was fine moving on after Gearbox. But when my former boss starts mouthing off about various aspects of my employment including "how highly compensated" I was and how "generous" he is, I feel obligated to correct the record," Eddings begins.

"I had a lot of mixed feelings when asked to reprise the role of Claptrap late last year and eventually realized I was willing to put differences aside and do something cool for Borderlands fans with my friends at Gearbox."

"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."

"Personally, I think Randy's been on tilt the last few years. He's not the victim he portrays himself to be. I even blocked him a couple years ago for stalking me on social media. Enough is enough."

What's more is Eddings also makes claims about Pitchford taking money from the royalty pool for employees:

"As an aside, seems a bit conspicuous that he chimed in on my salary but didn't mention anything about the $12M of revenue he siphoned away from the employee royalty pool. FYI - GBX employees are asked to take lower salaries with the promise of royalty shares."

We will keep you updated as this story progresses.

You might know actor David Eddings from his role as Claptrap in the previous Borderlands games, and if you're wondering whether Eddings is returning in the third game due to land on September 13 this year, the man himself has provided the answer on Twitter, responding to a fan:

"No. For the first time, I insisted on getting paid for my performance and all of a sudden they couldn't afford me. Now I'm not telling them how to run their business but maybe next time they should put the $12M payment from 2K in the Gearbox bank account instead. Just sayin'..."

"In the end, my exit from GBX created at least three job opportunities for other people so that's a positive," Eddings added.

Gearbox CEO Randy Pitchford, however, has a different statement on Twitter:

"Mr. Eddings was paid very handsomely during his employment. After his employment he was made a relatively generous offer to reprise the role. Unfortunately, he turned that opportunity down."

When others talked about the issue of employees being "forced" to perform a task without pay, Pitchford also contributed to the conversation with another response:

"There was no "force" - 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."

Gearbox also provided their own official statement to IGN, saying the following:

"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."

These are two very different accounts of Eddings' relationship with Gearbox and the previous Borderlands titles then, and we'll keep you updated if and when the story develops.

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