Gearbox CEO Randy Pitchford\u00a0is being accused by\u00a0former general counsel of the studio\u00a0of receiving\u00a0a secret $12 million bonus from publisher Take-Two Interactive.\u00a0\u00a0\n\nThis legal dispute comes shortly after\u00a0Gearbox sued its former counsel, Wade Callender, back in December 2018 for "fraud and breach of fiduciary duty."\n\nCallender\u00a0filed his suit against the studio in response, and\u00a0both men seem to be suing each other over allegedly violating their legal duties to the company.\u00a0\n\nAs reported by Kotaku, Pitchford\u00a0allegedly received the $12 million in secret as an advance against\u00a0Borderlands\u00a0profits, which Gearbox has claimed is "absurd."\u00a0\n\nAccording to the lawsuit filed by Gearbox, the studio\u00a0alleged that Callender, who worked at the company from 2010 until 2018,\u00a0borrowed money\u00a0for a home loan and tuition, neither of which were paid back in full. The studio also claims Callender destroyed evidence of the home loan agreement.\u00a0\n\nIn addition, Callender reportedly "abused the privilege of credit card access by charging unapproved, wholly personal expenses, including family vacations, gun club memberships and firearms accessories."\n\nIn December\u00a02018, Callender\u00a0sued Gearbox and Randy Pitchford, accusing Pitchford "of violating various contracts involving both Gearbox and a separate real estate company that they both owned, as well as Callender\u2019s own employment contract."\n\nThe lawsuit against Gearbox alleges that Pitchford\u00a0struck a deal in 2016 to receive a "personal, secretive \u2018Executive Bonus\u2019 of $12,000,000 to be paid directly to Pitchford entity called \u2018Pitchford Entertainment Media Magic, LLC.'"\n\nCallender\u00a0and his lawyers argue that the bonus\u00a0was an advance upon royalties that would otherwise go to Gearbox\u2019s staff.\n\n\u201cThis is particularly tragic exploitation,\u201d the lawsuit states, \u201cbecause these millions are being syphoned to Randy Pitchford\u2019s personal accounts instead of funding the development of\u00a0Borderlands.\u201d\n\n\u201cThe allegations made by a disgruntled former employee are absurd, with no basis in reality or law,\u201d a Gearbox spokesperson said to\u00a0Kotaku. \u201cWe look forward to addressing this meritless lawsuit in court and have no further comment at this time.\u201d\n\nThe full lawsuit from both Gearbox and Callender\u00a0can be viewed here.