Gearbox CEO Randy Pitchford Alleges Former Assistant Stole Millions Of Dollars From Him

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Gearbox CEO Randy Pitchford Alleges Former Assistant Stole Millions Of Dollars From Him

Gearbox Software CEO Randy Pitchford has had hundreds of thousands of dollars stolen from him by his former assistant John Wright Martin, according to a report from Dallas News.

The report, which details how Martin has committed, been convicted, gone to jail for, and evaded several counts of fraud and theft, honed in on his dealings with Randy and his wife Kristy Pitchford, who estimate they've lost around $3 million due to Martin's fraud.

As Randy Pitchford's assistant, Martin made $45,000 a year, but regularly showcased purchases that far outstripped his means.  "Martin regularly shopped at high-end furniture stores in Dallas," the News reports. "His closet was dominated by expensive designer labels." Using the Pitchfords' business expense account, Martin allegedly chartered a jet from Texas to Florida for himself and a few friends. He also donated tends of thousands of the Pitchfords' money to various charity, such as The Trevor Project (which helps prevent suicide among LGBTQ people) and Best Buddies International (which helps provide employment and leadership development for people with intellectual and development disabilities). The News' entire report is worth a read.

Gearbox CEO Randy Pitchford Alleges Former Assistant Stole Millions Of Dollars From Him

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Gearbox CEO Randy Pitchford Alleges Former Assistant Stole Millions Of Dollars From Him

Update 9/30 2:20pm: Gearbox has sent Game Informer a statement regarding the Pitchfords' notice of a lack of funds to make payroll.

"This is actually referring to payroll for Kristy’s @nerdvana business. John Martin had drained a holding account that Kristy never uses but was going to use to replenish an operating account prior to payroll.  The empty account is what initially showed her something was wrong (which led to her beginning to discover his theft).  But she was able to immediately replenish the operating account from another account.  No one was ever in danger of not getting payroll at @nerdvana and @nerdvana is totally separate from Gearbox."

This article has also been updated to reflect that Martin was never a Gearbox employee.

Octopath Traveler, Shadow Of The Colossus Remake, More To Get Speedruns At AGDQ 2019

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Octopath Traveler, Shadow Of The Colossus Remake, More To Get Speedruns At AGDQ 2019

It seems like Summer Games Done Quick just happened, and yet it's already time to start scheduling your next week off work. Games Done Quick has released its official schedule for Awesome Games Done Quick 2019, and as expected, there's a lot of new games, classics, and staples to dig into.

Along with regular favorites like Super Metroid, The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past, and lots of Mega Man, there are a number of new games on the list. Here are some recent releases you can look forward to seeing broken when the speedrunning marathon starts January 6 and continues until January 13.

There's also some other notable runs for returning favorites, such as Bloodborne, as well as a four-hour run of Nier: Automata to get the E Ending (the good one). There are runs of Home Alone 2 for the SNES because why not, a perfect through Dragon's Lair, a look at Pac-Man Championship Edition 2, and robot-assisted runs for Castlevania: Aria of Sorrow and Mari0 (a fan-made game that combines Super Mario Bros. and Portal).

Octopath Traveler, Shadow Of The Colossus Remake, More To Get Speedruns At AGDQ 2019

about X hours ago from
Octopath Traveler, Shadow Of The Colossus Remake, More To Get Speedruns At AGDQ 2019

It seems like Summer Games Done Quick just happened, and yet it's already time to start scheduling your next week off work. Games Done Quick has released its official schedule for Awesome Games Done Quick 2019, and as expected, there's a lot of new games, classics, and staples to dig into.

Along with regular favorites like Super Metroid, The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past, and lots of Mega Man, there are a number of new games on the list. Here are some recent releases you can look forward to seeing broken when the speedrunning marathon starts January 6 and continues until January 13.

There's also some other notable runs for returning favorites, such as Bloodborne, as well as a four-hour run of Nier: Automata to get the E Ending (the good one). There are runs of Home Alone 2 for the SNES because why not, a perfect through Dragon's Lair, a look at Pac-Man Championship Edition 2, and robot-assisted runs for Castlevania: Aria of Sorrow and Mari0 (a fan-made game that combines Super Mario Bros. and Portal).

German Late-Night Show Nails Cover Of Mario Kart 8 Title Theme

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German Late-Night Show Nails Cover Of Mario Kart 8 Title Theme

 Among Mario Kart 8's many strengths is its strong title theme. It's part of Nintendo's longstanding trend of creating outstanding orchestral earworms that deviate from the simple-but-catchy melodies that have defined much of its earlier history.

MK8's theme is so good, in fact, that it inspired German late-night show Rundfunk-Tanzorchester Ehrenfeld recently did their own rendition of the theme, and it's absolutely delightful. You can watch the performance in the tweet below.

German Late-Night Show Nails Cover Of Mario Kart 8 Title Theme

about X hours ago from
German Late-Night Show Nails Cover Of Mario Kart 8 Title Theme

 Among Mario Kart 8's many strengths is its strong title theme. It's part of Nintendo's longstanding trend of creating outstanding orchestral earworms that deviate from the simple-but-catchy melodies that have defined much of its earlier history.

MK8's theme is so good, in fact, that it inspired German late-night show Rundfunk-Tanzorchester Ehrenfeld recently did their own rendition of the theme, and it's absolutely delightful. You can watch the performance in the tweet below.

Destiny 2 Players Can Expect More Masterwork Cores, Better Exotic Drops Soon

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Destiny 2 Players Can Expect More Masterwork Cores, Better Exotic Drops Soon

Although we're pretty happy with where the Forsaken expansion has taken Destiny 2, it's not without its issues. Chief among them are the addition of masterwork cores as required materials for infusion as well as their rarity, as well as the paltry rate at which exotic gear drops. Bungie is hoping to address both of these issues in an upcoming update.

On the developer's official blog, Bungie detailed how the increase in cost for infusing higher-level items into lower ones happened because it wanted to make that infusion a meaningful choice. However, since masterwork cores were added as a cost for infusion, players have found themselves scrapped for the rare material, discouraging them from infusing items at all. There weren't that many ways to attain masterwork cores; you can currently buy them from the Spider vendor in the Tangled Shore, but they're expensive. You can also get them from dismantling weapons, but that's not a reliable source for them.

Destiny 2 Players Can Expect More Masterwork Cores, Better Exotic Drops Soon

about X hours ago from
Destiny 2 Players Can Expect More Masterwork Cores, Better Exotic Drops Soon

Although we're pretty happy with where the Forsaken expansion has taken Destiny 2, it's not without its issues. Chief among them are the addition of masterwork cores as required materials for infusion as well as their rarity, as well as the paltry rate at which exotic gear drops. Bungie is hoping to address both of these issues in an upcoming update.

On the developer's official blog, Bungie detailed how the increase in cost for infusing higher-level items into lower ones happened because it wanted to make that infusion a meaningful choice. However, since masterwork cores were added as a cost for infusion, players have found themselves scrapped for the rare material, discouraging them from infusing items at all. There weren't that many ways to attain masterwork cores; you can currently buy them from the Spider vendor in the Tangled Shore, but they're expensive. You can also get them from dismantling weapons, but that's not a reliable source for them.

What To Watch This Weekend: Gears Of War, Counter-Strike, And Tekken 7

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What To Watch This Weekend: Gears Of War, Counter-Strike, And Tekken 7

As Fall continues to make its presence known, esports are dealing with it in different ways. Some are dedicating their weekends to honoring the season with a ritual of beating each other up, while others are flocking to the West 

Counter-Strike: Global Offense's big ESL One major in New York will take the city over! Well, not really, but there will be more than the average number of CS:GO fans there this weekend. (Stream / Schedule)

This weekend's fighting game major is the The Fall Classic, which has events for Tekken 7Street Fighter VDragon Ball FighterZ, and more. (Streams and Schedule)

What To Watch This Weekend: Gears Of War, Counter-Strike, And Tekken 7

about X hours ago from
What To Watch This Weekend: Gears Of War, Counter-Strike, And Tekken 7

As Fall continues to make its presence known, esports are dealing with it in different ways. Some are dedicating their weekends to honoring the season with a ritual of beating each other up, while others are flocking to the West 

Counter-Strike: Global Offense's big ESL One major in New York will take the city over! Well, not really, but there will be more than the average number of CS:GO fans there this weekend. (Stream / Schedule)

This weekend's fighting game major is the The Fall Classic, which has events for Tekken 7Street Fighter VDragon Ball FighterZ, and more. (Streams and Schedule)