Sega Staffer Claims Gearbox “Stole” funds from Sega to work on Other Projects
Aliens Colonial Marines was the title in which Gearbox Software allegedly “embezzled” large amounts of money from Sega to fund Borderlands 2 and Duke Nukem Forever, claims a Sega insider.
Danielson claims that the Wii U version sucks really bad, Gearbox ignored Aliens to work on other games, and Sega/Timegate should take some responsibility for the game being bad. However, Gearbox deserves most of the blame.
“Gearbox stole from SEGA, they robbed us, lied to us about the game, and tried to get another company to make the game instead,” Danielson said.
“Pitchford and Gearbox wanted to focus heavily on Duke Nukem Forever, but how would they get the money to hire some of the 3D Realms team and even buy the intellectual property? Sure, they made a lot from Borderlands, but guess where they got the money to fund Borderlands in the first place? Yup, SEGA.
“So Gearbox essentially lied to SEGA, mishandled funds, broke agreements and contractual obligations to work on other projects, didn’t want to work on a game they were contractually obligated to work on and gave it to another team, poor organization and direction on ACM, took on too many projects from different companies at once, and other things that we may not even know about. Hell, part of me believes that Gearbox wanted this thing delayed as much as possible so they can get more funding money to embezzled from SEGA.”
Danielson said he’s heard rumours that Sega is looking for ways to sure Gearbox but that the developer met the letter of the law in fulfilling its contract. As such, he had some harsh words for the publisher, too.
“I strongly believe that SEGA should not have released the game and made the fans pay for it, they should have taken Gearbox straight to court, because they stole money from us to fund Borderlands and Duke Nukem Forever,” he said.More From Playeressence Call of Duty Black Ops 2 PlayStation Vita Needs Buy Wii U, Get Previous Troll Needs New Marketing Owners eShop Games? Playeressence Original Next Generation News All the Top Gaming News Content & Shows Central, All info here For the day here
“This should be a lesson in management for you all. In my view, the board and the people supplying the money should not have any creative control over a product. In this case, what happened clearly was SEGA had a decent eye on the project, rightfully cancelled it, when they saw the problems, then someone decided to restart the project, leading to this massive mess.
“This game should have been cancelled permanently, and the final product is undeniable proof of it. Despite that, I believe SEGA wanted to try to get some of the money back, at the fans’ expense. SEGA should have also watched the project and development a lot better, because there was a lot of warning signs that said this was a disaster in the making.”
Man, this really pisses me off if true. I used to have a lot of respect for Gearbox. But its hard to support them when they pull off shady crap like this.