|This article relies on references to primary sources. (March 2011)|
|Born||April 21, 1971|
|Occupation||President, CEO, and co-founder of Gearbox Software|
Randy Pitchford is one of five founders of video game developer Gearbox Software and currently the CEO and president of the company.
He wrote his first game (a 16-room text adventure) when he was about 11 or 12 on a CPM machine which his dad built. In his early days Randy was a professional magician in Hollywood occasionally performing at the famous Magic Castle between classes at UCLA.
Randy had a long professional background in the production and design of 3D games including work on Apogee Software/3D Realms Entertainment's "Atomic" edition for Duke Nukem 3D, and Shadow Warrior. He left the company in May 1997 to work on Prax War at Rebel Boat Rocker. The game was never released and he helped found Gearbox Software LLC in Texas in January 1999.
Randy accepted the Academy of Interactive Arts and Sciences award for best PC Action Game in 2000 for his production and direction of Gearbox's debut title, Half-Life: Opposing Force. Since then, Randy's company has been involved in the development and production of Half-Life for Dreamcast (cancelled), Half-Life: Blue Shift, Half-Life for PlayStation 2, Counter-Strike: Condition Zero, James Bond 007: Nightfire for PC, Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 3 for PC, Halo: Combat Evolved for PC, Borderlands for PC and the Brothers In Arms series. More recently Gearbox bought the Duke Nukem IP and finished up 3D Realms' Duke Nukem Forever, which Randy briefly worked on before forming Gearbox. His company also outsourced the highly anticipated "Aliens: Colonial Marines" to a studio named TimeGate, which was badly handled and released to extremely poor review scores, despite an 11 minute walkthrough narrated by Pitchford himself, where he states "this is actually in the game!" None of which actually looked like what was shipped. E3 2011 "Walkthrough," narrated by Randy Pitchford
- Biography at Gearbox Software website
- Gamespot Interview: Video Game History Month: Randy Pitchford
- GameStar: Randy Pitchford: "Video games and magic have a lot in common".