Borderlands 3: Gearbox Responds to Troy Baker Union Voice Actor Controversy

Gearbox has actually replied to articulate star Troy Baker’s insurance claim that the workshop would not work with union voice stars for Borderlands 3

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“Troy is an extraordinary ability and also we were let down that he decreased to companion on Borderlands 3 after being supplied the component,” checks out a declaration from Gearbox. “We wish him the best and hope he knows the offer to collaborate with him still stands. Gearbox is a Texas company and is bound by Texas law – which means that a person cannot be denied employment because of membership or non-membership in a labour union or other labour organisation.”

There’s a pair of essential points to keep in mind concerning that declaration. First off, they do not outry refute that Troy Baker declined the function since Gearbox would not work with union voice stars. They likewise do not actually attempt to say that they proactively work with union voice stars. Second, a declaration from the SAG-AFTRA apparently recommends that Gearbox would not authorize an offer to unionize the Borderlands 3 voice acting group. 

“We applaud any member who stands up for workplace fairness and the integrity of their creative work,” checks out a declaration from the SAG-AFTRA launched to Kotaku. “The misguided decision by Gearbox to deny their performers the opportunity to have fair union wages, a safe workplace and the possibility of health care coverage for their families, is unfortunate. We attempted to sign Gearbox to a union agreement. They refused and disengaged from those talks.”

For those that do not recognize, this dispute started when Troy Baker specified that his choice to not show up in Borderlands 3 was mainly based upon Gearbox’s union employing plans.

“No, it was simply a matter of they wouldn’t go union,” claims Baker in a meeting with VG247 “I can’t do a non-union gig. And without getting too deep into the weeds of that, we had long conversations about this.”

For those that don’t recognize, Baker formerly articulated the personality Rhys in Tales from the Borderlands. There was a little bit of dramatization a couple of months when it was disclosed that Baker wouldn’t be reprising his role as Rhys in Borderlands 3 despite the fact that the character was set to return to the franchise in some form or fashion.

At the time, Gearbox’s Randy Pitchford suggested that the reason why Baker didn’t appear in the game was that Baker turned down the role. Baker claimed at the time that wasn’t necessarily the truth, and Pitchford later suggested that he’d only heard that Baker turned down the role.

The combined statements from these three parties seemingly suggest that, at the very least, there were not union voice actors working on Borderlands 3 and that Gearbox was not willing to sign a union agreement for the game. Gearbox claims they can not discriminate against hiring an actor over their union affiliation, but it’s very hard to prove whether or not they would not hire someone for that reason in private and also publically declare another reason for their decision. 

Of course, Borderlands 3 has been no stranger to controversy. Aside from the game’s voice actor woes and sending private investigators to people’s houses, there were also reports of Pitchford being abusive towards former co-workers. Considering that we found Borderlands 3 to be a pretty good game that honestly may have been released a few years too late, it will be interesting to see whether the title’s heritage is inevitably specified by all of this dramatization.

Matthew Byrd is a team author for Den of Geek. He invests most of his days attempting to pitch deep-dive logical items concerning Killer Klowns From Outer Space to a progressively worried collection of editors. You can learn more of his job below or discover him on Twitter at @SilverTuna014

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