You know how Randy Pitchford, amateur magician and former CEO of Gearbox, wears awful shirts? Well the Borderlands The boss had the idea of auctioning off his old used clothes to help a charity. Which charity? No idea. Because that’s the time we deserve.
The auction (and even the URL is cursed) lists unwanted old Pitchford clothes each at a suggested value of $400. 47 of them. Each more hideous and more already worn by Randy-Pitchford than the last.
Now, there’s a version of this story where Pitchford does this as a stunt to get attention for a deeply worthy cause, perhaps a charity that really touched his heart (like all those shirts failed too). We do not know this version. The auction tweet suggests it will be for “development scholarships”, but nowhere in the tweet, or on the auction page, does it say which ones. Perhaps a truly wonderful. But we don’t know.
GamesRadarwho spotted this madness firstdug into Gearbox’s own site and found that the company operates its own scholarship program, with grants between $500 and $1,500, as well as face-time offers for classrooms. It is indeed a registered charity, founded in 2019 by educators Isabel Mendiola and Peter Haydock, and called Gearbox Labs. But we must point out that this specific charity is not named by Gearbox anywhere in the promotion of this auction. The “About This Auction” section on the Bid Beacon site simply remained blank.
We’ve reached out to Gearbox to ask if they can clear up this mystery and will update the story if they respond.
Disturbingly, the Bid Beacon site reports that some shirts received multiple bids, though it was all listed as a “blind bid,” so we can’t see how much someone bid for $400. I haven’t been able to confirm if the site accepts negative numbers.
Of course, if this is really done to support a charity bearing the company’s name, not only is it so weird that they don’t say so, but you might want to ask about why a developer – who himself made around $180,000,000 net last year – has to sell old clothes to provide funds. Not to mention a company owned by the Embracer group that consumes everything.
In the meantime, no thanks.