Randy Pitchford, the controversial CEO of Gearbox Entertainment, announced today he will be leaving his role as President of Gearbox Software to become the new President of Gearbox Studios, appointing former-CTO Steve Jones as his replacement. According to a series of Tweets by Pitchford, he will remain the CEO of Gearbox Entertainment, which comprises of three central groups: Gearbox Software, now headed by Steve Jones, the in-house game development studio; Gearbox Publishing, headed by Steve Gibson, in charge of publishing games, including those not developed by Gearbox Software; and Gearbox Studios, headed by Randy Pitchford, a new "transmedia" unit Pitchford is hoping to grow, likely working on non-games products like the Borderlands movie.
"Steve embodies the Gearbox Entertainment Company's mission to Entertain the World and he personifies the Gearbox values of Happiness, Creativity, and Profit," reads an excerpt from an internal company memo Pitchford published on his Twitter account. "...the simplest thing I could say is that he is better than me."
As CEO of The Gearbox Entertainment Company, Pitchford's job is to be "accountable and responsible for high level creative and business strategy as well as the interaction between our business units," according to that same memo. He also says that, as Gearbox has no official Chief Creative Officer title, he will occasionally be acting in that role as well, to ensure consistent creative strategy and development, without the risk of "homogenizing [their] brands and franchises" that comes with a full-time CCO.
Congratulations to Steve Jones, who I have recently promoted to become President of Software at The Gearbox Entertainment Company. Attached is a diagram of the high level organization chart along with excerpts from my internal staff letter announcing the promotion. pic.twitter.com/4FeX94SIW2— Randy Pitchford (@DuvalMagic) October 6, 2021