Update: Randy Pitchford has publicly alluded to the lawsuits following Kotaku’s original story, while Gearbox itself has offered an official statement.
In a series of tweets posted this afternoon, Pitchford said “The attacks made by my former friend and colleague have no basis in reality or law. He is simply trying to shake me down for money,” while Gearbox’s statement reveals the company is filing a grievance in Texas against Wade Callender.
Gearbox’s full statement to Kotaku reads:
Gearbox will be filing a grievance with the State Bar of Texas against our former general counsel Wade for disciplinary proceedings for filing a lawsuit that includes accusations that he knows to be untrue. The lawyer’s rules of professional conduct expressly prohibit the filing of documents that are knowingly false. The tell is within Wade’s claim itself – his use of hedged lawyer language and clever application of quotation marks betray that he knows that the impression he is trying to create is based in lies. We imagine that he used the quotation marks and lawyer language in hopes that will give him some angles of defense when we inevitably take action against him for false statements. Wade is engaged in a shakedown and he’s clearly using deceit and lies to try to cause damage by promoting a narrative that he knows is false.