Randall S. "DuvalMagic" Pitchford II, more commonly known as 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's had a long professional background in the production and design of 3D games including work as level creator for Apogee Software/3D Realms Entertainment's Duke Nukem 3D Atomic edition. He designed three levels for episode four, The Birth. He also worked as a level creator for 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, with five other guys.
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 the development of 3D Realms' Duke Nukem Forever.