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Gearbox Co-Founder Dies: Landon Montgomery Biography, Wiki, Age, Family, Net Worth, Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Fast Facts You Need to Know

Landon Montgomery Biography

Landon Montgomery Biography, Gearbox Co-Founder Landon Montgomery Wiki

Landon Montgomery is the co-founder of Gearbox and known for his work on “Halo” and “Half-Life.” He is reported to have died on March 25th as per the company statement. He was 46 years old.

Landon Montgomery, the co-founder of Gearbox and known for his work on “Halo” and “Half-Life,” has died, the company said in a statement on March 25. He was 46 years old. Montgomery’s cause of death has not been made public. Montgomery went by the moniker Nexus-6.

The Gearbox statement read, “We are heartbroken after learning today of the passing of one of our co-founders, Landon Montgomery. In our earliest years, Landon played a big role in helping to set our path. We will always be thankful and remember him for being part of our lives. During this trying time, our thoughts, support, are with those who were closest to him.”

Landon will live on in the memory of our earliest games from our work with Half-Life and Halo to the creation of our first, original game Brothers in Arms. Aloha, Landon. https://t.co/vuBi3MYJp5

— Randy Pitchford (@DuvalMagic) March 25, 2020

Landon Montgomery Early Career

Before co-founding Gearbox in 1999, Montgomery worked as an artist and level designer at Bethesda Softworks, where he worked on The Elder Scrolls Adventures: Redguard and An Elder Scrolls Legend: Battlespire. After leaving Gearbox in 2010, he spent a brief period as a manager at H1Z1 studio Daybreak Games before moving to Nvidia, where he was working as a producer at his time of death.

Landon Montgomery Gearbox Co-founder

After co-founding Gearbox in 1999, Montgomery was in charge of day-to-day operations as the company churned out classics such as, “Half-Life,” “Halo” and “Borderlands.” The gearbox was founded by Montgomery alongside Brian Martel, Stephen Bahl, Randy Pitchford and Rob Heironimus.

Prior to founding Gearbox, Montgomery worked as a designer at Bethesda Softworks. In a creative role at Gearbox, Montgomery served as the director and producer on, “Half-Life: Opposing Force,” “Brothers in Arms” and “James Bond: Nightfire.”

Montgomery left Gearbox in 2010, he went to work as a manager at Daybreak Studios.

At the time of his death, Montgomery was working as a manager at Nvidia in Santa Clara, California. Montgomery had been in that role since 2019, according to his LinkedIn page.

Montgomery’s co-founder Randy Pitchford is among those who have been who has been paying tribute to Montgomery. Pitchford tweeted, “Landon will live on in the memory of the earliest games from our work with Half-Life and Halo to the creation of our first, original game Brothers in Arms. Aloha, Landon.” Pitchford later tweeted, “Sorry for unloading some fond memories… such a shock. I still need to process it all. He left Gearbox in 2007, I think, and I only saw him a couple of times over the last decade or so… I cannot imagine how those closest to him more recently are managing the news.”

In Memoriam pic.twitter.com/IYo8hMbpYH

— Gearbox Official (@GearboxOfficial) March 25, 2020

Montgomery went on to describe the circumstances involving the founding of Gearbox. Montgomery wrote that he had been working with his Rebel Boat Rocker team on a game for Electronic Arts in Texas in 1999. Early in the year, EA pulled the plug on the project. Montgomery wrote, “A week after we shuttered Rebel Boat Rocker’s doors, we received a call from Gabe Newell, the founder and president of Valve Software. A bunch of us who’d stayed in Dallas, wondering what to do next, had applied at Valve, so it wasn’t a complete surprise for them to be calling. But Gabe calling? That was a little peculiar. He kept his questions short and sweet. Needless to say, Randy Pitchford, Brian Martel, Stephen Bahl, Rob Heironimus and I decided to stick around, and Gearbox Software was born on Valentine’s Day 1999.”

Landon Montgomery Cause of Death

Montgomery died on March 25th as per the company statement. He was 46 years old. Montgomery’s cause of death has not been made public.

The Gearbox statement read, “We are heartbroken after learning today of the passing of one of our co-founders, Landon Montgomery. In our earliest years, Landon played a big role in helping to set our path. We will always be thankful and remember him for being part of our lives. During this trying time, our thoughts, support, are with those who were closest to him.”

Montgomery’s co-founder Randy Pitchford is among those who have been who has been paying tribute to Montgomery. Pitchford tweeted, “Landon will live on in the memory of our earliest games from our work with Half-Life and Halo to the creation of our first, original game Brothers in Arms. Aloha, Landon.” Pitchford later tweeted, “Sorry for unloading some fond memories… such a shock. I still need to process it all. He left Gearbox in 2007, I think, and I only saw him a couple of times over the last decade or so… I cannot imagine how those closest to him more recently are managing the news.”

I remember when we got nominated for a Game of the Year award with the Academy against Quake 3 and Unreal Tournament and Ghost Recon and thought we had no chance and he came out to the awards with me and we WON and he got to come on stage with me to accept and I loved his speech.

— Randy Pitchford (@DuvalMagic) March 26, 2020

Landon will live on in the memory of our earliest games from our work with Half-Life and Halo to the creation of our first, original game Brothers in Arms. Aloha, Landon. https://t.co/vuBi3MYJp5

— Randy Pitchford (@DuvalMagic) March 25, 2020

Obituary

Landon Montgomery, one of the co-founders of Brothers in Arms and Borderlands developer Gearbox Software, has passed away.

During his time at the company, Montgomery directed and produced a number of acclaimed titles like the Half-Life: Opposing Force expansion pack — which was developed by Gearbox and published by Valve — James Bond 007: Nightfire, and the original Brothers in Arms.

He also worked on Halo: Combat Evolved after Gearbox was tasked with porting the acclaimed shooter to Windows back in 2003. Although he departed the studio in 2011 after over a decade, the company has paid tribute to his impact and legacy.

“We are heartbroken after learning today of the passing of one of our co-founders, Landon Montgomery. In our earliest years, Landon played a big role in helping set our path,” wrote the studio on social media.

“We will always be thankful and remember him for being a part of our lives. During this trying time, our thoughts, support, and affection are with those who were closest to him.”

Landon Montgomery Tributes

Tributes have been pouring in online for Montgomery, and it’s clear his work had a major impact on many people’s lives. “If it wasn’t for Halo: Combat Evolved I don’t think I could have ever entered game design”, said one developer. “I’m heartbroken, Landon Montgomery and the games that he helped produced have impacted me in a very personal way, and have had a lasting effect on me and the stories that I like to tell”, added another fan. “Rest easy.”

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