Welcome to GYGO! I’m Kael, your former games warlock, and since leaving Games Bleat I’ve been working hard on making our Twitter and Facebook as great as it can be! You know I couldn’t stay away from the news for long though, so I’m back to tell you what’s been going on in the world of gaming.
Gearbox Former Council and CEO Caught in Competing Lawsuits
News: Gearbox's former general counsel Wade Callender is suing the company, accusing CEO Randy Pitchford of taking a secret $12 million bonus.
This comes a month after Gearbox sued Callender for fraud and abuse of his corporate credit card. WILD story: https://t.co/fcyf6gy4UX
— Jason Schreier (@jasonschreier) January 11, 2019
Gearbox’s former lawyer, Wade Callendar, is suing CEO Randy Pitchford for a multitude of complaints. Pitchford was already suing Callendar for breach of fiduciary duty. Callendar’s lawsuit claims that Pitchford received a $12,000,000 “executive bonus” that was paid against profits from Borderlands, that would otherwise go to staff. More distressingly, Callendar claims that Pitchford left a USB drive containing sensitive company data, as well Pitchford’s personal collection of underage pornography at a restaurant. According to Kotaku, Pitchford claims that the footage is of a camgirl, whom he personally recorded, and described as “barely legal.”
The Red Dead Redemption 2 Online Community Sucks
Much has been made about Red Dead Redemption 2's commitment to authenticity and (its own idea of) realism — mechanically. But historically, where does this fantasy truly take place, and what does it mean for people who fit outside of it? https://t.co/4NvSjErn2L
— Patricia Hernandez (@xpatriciah) January 15, 2019
Red Dead Redemption 2 players are apparently set to ruin my faith in humanity. According to The Verge, YouTubers are enacting racial and sexist atrocities for shock views, and racist asshats are treating the online chat like Civil War slice-of-life roleplay. Players of Black, female, and especially Black female characters are reporting stressful gameplay in which they are singled out by bad actors. It’s unclear whether Rockstar will incorporate any moderation in the future.
Trans Charity Stream Receives $340,000 in Under 3 Days
If you’d like to use this as a good moment to support the queer community, there’s a charity twitch stream going on for @Mermaids_Gender: https://t.co/vCvvqRhAwb
— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@AOC) January 20, 2019
In good news, H.Bomberguy raised $340,000 for UK based charity, Mermaids, which supports trans youth. This followed questioning of Mermaids’ funding, a portion of which comes from national lottery ticket sales in the UK, allegedly instigated by The IT Crowd creator Graham Linehan. The stream followed H.Bomberguy for over 57 hours, as he performed a 100 percent run of Donkey Kong 64. Along the way he received a few high profile visits via Discord—including Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, John Romero, Jim Sterling, and Chelsea Manning.
In Other News…
- EA has reportedly cancelled its open-world Star Wars game.
- Life is Strange 2: Episode 2 has passed its certs and is ready to release tomorrow!
- Ubisoft apologizes for forcing the player character to procreate against the player’s will.
- Utada Hikaru performs a VR concert, “only for you.”
- The end of the Westworld mobile app:
— Westworld Mobile (@WestworldMobile) January 15, 2019
- Overwatch’s Lunar New Year event starts… tomorrow!
Squeal with joy!
Overwatch Lunar New Year returns January 24. 🏮 🐷 pic.twitter.com/CLBXmBCrEX
— Overwatch (@PlayOverwatch) January 17, 2019
- Also… this:
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