Yeah, all those people that worked on this game. Don't let your hate boner for Randy Pitchford get in the way of all the innocent employees.
No one thinks this. The act of protesting the game by not buying it is itself an act of caring for the developers. It isn't necessarily a hate boner for Randy, whether he ends up being a pedo like some reports indicated (maybe he isn't, idk) but the company Gearbox lied about Aliens, lied to their employees about payouts, and pays below market wages.
The employees will never get treated better by Gearbox, and we will never see progress in working conditions if you don't actually stand up for developers with your wallet. Gearbox is paying them as little as they possibly can while keeping them from quitting, so your purchase in no way benefits the devs really. They're getting their mediocre industry salary while Randy/other execs get millions in bonuses.
The point isn't to buy it so they get bonuses, it's to ensure they have a job to work on other games. A game that doesn't sell new copies eventually fires employees or whole studios.
Not that you shouldn't buy used but sometimes it's worth it to buy brand new if you want to support a studio and future works.
The company would have more money to pay devs if they didn't get Pitchford and exes $10+ million in bonuses. You're supporting Gearbox's shitty practices. You're supporting the continuation of the devs getting paid below market wages in bad conditions. You are supporting an abusive relationship between execs and devs, and the only solution is for those devs to leave and get jobs at studios that offer better pay and conditions, which actually exist. Unless Gearbox has a change of heart. They're going to lay off staff even while giving $10 million bonuses to execs anyway.
Supporting Gearbox isn't helping the devs, its supporting a cycle of abuse that will continue until the brass up top gets the message. Buy the game used people. Its cheaper, you're supporting your local economy (if its at a retailer) and most of all, you aren't enabling a shitty workplace