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Virtual Legality Episode 205

Royalty Row Revisited: Borderlands Director Responds to Kotaku

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1y Apr 13, 2020
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When Jason Schreier of Kotaku reported that the employees of Gearbox Software (makers of Borderlands 3), were getting "stiffed" on bonuses, we took a look at the claim. Now, Gearbox Game Director Maxime Babin has responded, and the result is...a story far more nuanced than Kotaku originally portrayed.

What does Mr. Babin have to say about the Gearbox Royalty program?

What does he have to say about Kotaku's reporting?

Shifting gears keep shifting shiftily...in Virtual Legality.

#Kotaku #Gearbox #Pitchford


Discussed in this episode:

"Borderlands Bonus Brouhaha: Upside Is Down (VL200!)"
YouTube Video - April 1, 2020 - Hoeg Law
https://youtu.be/swInQ5i-Cxg

"Sources: Despite Huge Sales, Borderlands 3 Developers Are Getting Stiffed On Bonuses"
Kotaku - April 1, 2020 - Jason Schreier
https://kotaku.com/sources-despite-huge-sales-borderlands-3-developers-a-1842617645

"My View on Gearbox and its Royalty Program."
LinkedIn Post - April 5, 2020 - Maxime Babin
https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/my-view-gearbox-its-royalty-program-maxime-babin/

"Interview with Maxime Babin - Creative Director, Borderlands 3 DLC 2"
AltChar - March 16, 2020 - Jonathan Titmuss
https://www.altchar.com/game-news/interview-with-maxime-babin-borderlands-3-dlc-2-aodOn3Q9ZMtU

"How an Employee Stock Ownership Plan (ESOP) Works"
NCEO Website - April 10, 2018
https://www.nceo.org/articles/esop-employee-stock-ownership-plan

"Gearbox Studio Director Tries to Do Damage Control for Randy Pitchford"
GameRant - April 12, 2020 - Cameron Corliss
https://gamerant.com/gearbox-randy-pitchford-maxime-babin/


"Virtual Legality" is a continuing series discussing the law, video games, software, and everything digital, hosted by Richard Hoeg, of the Hoeg Law Business Law Firm (Hoeg Law).

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