Randy Pitchford

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Randy Pitchford
Born (1971-04-21) April 21, 1971 (age 44)
Occupation President, CEO, and co-founder of Gearbox Software

Randy Pitchford (born April 21, 1971) 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 that his father built.

In his early days, Pitchford was a professional magician in Hollywood occasionally performing at the famous Magic Castle between classes at UCLA.

Pitchford 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.

Pitchford 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, Pitchford'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 Microsoft Windows, Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 3 for Windows, Halo: Combat Evolved for PC, the Brothers in Arms series, and the Borderlands series (which is the most successful gaming series by gearbox software). More recently, Gearbox bought the Duke Nukem IP and finished up 3D Realms' Duke Nukem Forever, which Pitchford briefly worked on before forming Gearbox. His company also outsourced the then highly-anticipated Aliens: Colonial Marines to TimeGate Studios.


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