Do you know how amateur magician and former Gearbox CEO Randy Pitchford wears terrible shirts? Well, Borderlands The boss came up with the idea to auction off his old used clothes to help a charity. What charity? No clue. Because these are the terms we deserve.
auction (and even the URL is cursed) lists Pitchford’s old, unwanted clothes at a suggested price of $400. 47 of them. Each more disgusting and more worn by Randy-Pitchford than the last.
There is now a version of this story in which Pitchford does this as a gimmick to get attention for a very worthy cause, perhaps a saving grace charity that really touched his heart (as did all those shirts). We are not testing this version. The auction tweet states that it will be “developer scholarships”, but nowhere in the tweet or on the auction page does it say which ones. Perhaps truly wonderful. But we don’t know.
GamesRadarwho first noticed this madnessrummaged through Gearbox’s own website and found that the company implements its own scholarship program, with grants ranging from $500 to $1,500, as well as face-to-face classroom offerings. That’s for sure registered charity, founded in 2019 by educators Isabelle Mendiola and Peter Haydock and called Gearbox Labs. But we must emphasize that this particular charity is not mentioned anywhere by Gearbox when promoting this auction. The “About This Auction” section of the Bid Beacon site was left blank.
We have reached out to Gearbox to ask if they can clear up this mystery and will update the story if they respond.
It is alarming that the Bid Beacon website reports that there were multiple bids on some T-shirts, although everything was listed as a “blind bid”, so we can’t see how close anyone bid on the $400 offered. I was unable to confirm if the site accepts negative numbers.
Of course, if it’s really being done to support a charity that bears the company’s name, it’s not only weird as hell that they don’t talk about it, but you can ask questions about why a developer who himself made about $180,000,000 last year needs to sell old clothes to secure funding. Not to mention a company owned by the all-consuming Embracer Group.
In the meantime, no thanks.