Gearbox’s opposition comes amid a recent wave of bills targeting transgender youth in states like Arkansas, Florida, and Texas. Similar bills will also impact healthcare for transgender youth by banning doctors from prescribing blockers that delay the onset of puberty.
Asked for a statement, a Gearbox representative said that Najjab’s testimony “can stand alone.” The studio also highlighted its previous opposition to a proposed bill targeting which bathrooms trans people could use. Gearbox CEO Randy Pitchford wrote to Texas Governor Greg Abbott on the issue, saying that discriminatory bills would “only increase the challenges that we face in attracting top talent to Texas.”
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“We are in a battle for globally competitive talent, and our ability to successfully recruit and retain our future workforce is critical to our long-term economic prosperity. We already face stiff competition with employers in places such as California. Discriminatory laws will only increase the challenges that we face in attracting top talent to Texas,” Pitchford wrote in the letter to Abbott.
Gearbox has been based in Texas since its inception in 1999, relocating to a new facility in Frisco, Texas in 2014. It most recently published Godfall as a next-gen launch title, with Homeworld 3 set to launch in 2022. A Borderlands movie is also under development.
Kat Bailey is a Senior News Editor at IGN.