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Virtual Legality Episode 482

Gearbox CEO: Borderlands 3 Crossplay for PlayStation is Being Hobbled

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Gearbox CEO Randy Pitchford is nothing if not free speaking. So it's no surprise that when problems arose on bringing crossplay to Borderlands 3 (and especially to Sony's PlayStation product), he decided to make his opinions known.

But when those opinions might well have the effect of making everyone, everywhere upset. Well...it's just another day at the office for the wildcard CEO.

There's a reason you don't usually see messaging like this…in Virtual Legality.

#Borderlands3 #Sony #Crossplay


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Discussed in this episode:
"Good news or bad news first?"
Tweet - May 27, 2021 - Randy Pitchford
https://twitter.com/DuvalMagic/status/1397872712090099715

"Borderlands 3 cross-play planned for ‘as many platforms as possible’"
VGC - July 16, 2019
https://www.videogameschronicle.com/news/borderlands-3-cross-play-planned-for-as-many-platforms-as-possible/

"Borderlands® 3 is Now Available Worldwide!"
Take 2 News Release - September 13, 2019
https://ir.take2games.com/news-releases/news-release-details/borderlandsr-3-now-available-worldwide

"A lawsuit accuses the CEO behind the blockbuster 'Borderlands' video games of lewd behavior and pocketing a secret $12 million bonus"
Business Insider - January 11, 2019
https://www.businessinsider.com/gearbox-randy-pitchford-lawsuit-bonus-2019-1

"Gearbox Software CEO 'Exonerated' After Lengthy Legal Battle"
The Hollywood Reporter - October 3, 2019
https://www.hollywoodreporter.com/business/digital/gearbox-software-ceo-exonerated-lengthy-legal-battle-1245149/

"An Antitrust Epic"
YouTube Playlist - Hoeg Law
https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL1zDCgJzZUy-lb7ReoUqL5_dTcM8ngmfV

"Is Sony Charging Developers for Adding Crossplay? (VL458)"
YouTube Video - May 3, 2021 - Hoeg Law
https://youtu.be/ILdNW8_Tfw8

"...this is an email from Sony to Epic Games in 2018..."
Twitter Thread - May 3, 2021 - Tom Warren
https://twitter.com/tomwarren/status/1389259771354681348

"CD Projekt says it’s still waiting for Sony’s approval to bring Cyberpunk back to the PlayStation Store"
VGC - May 25, 2021
https://www.videogameschronicle.com/news/cd-projekt-says-its-still-waiting-for-sonys-approval-to-bring-cyberpunk-back-to-the-playstation-store/


"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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DISCUSSION IS PROVIDED FOR INFORMATIONAL PURPOSES ONLY AND IS NOT TO BE CONSTRUED AS LEGAL ADVICE. INDIVIDUALS INTERESTED IN THE LEGAL TOPICS DISCUSSED IN THIS VIDEO SHOULD CONSULT WITH THEIR OWN COUNSEL.


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