Gearbox boss Randy Pitchford estimates former 3D Realms CEO George Broussard lost 20 to 30 million dollars of his own money on the development of Duke Nukem Forever. Pitchford explained Broussard was committed to DNF to the point of insanity, and that he would rather have it burn than have a bad version of the game come out.
"I spoke to George Broussard and he said, 'Randy, this is the worst day of my life' but you could hear in his voice there was more. This was 12 years of his life... try and imagine what you've achieved in 12 years, Gearbox has made 15 games in that time."
He continued: "George Broussard is not a poor man but I would estimate that he lost 20 to 30 million dollars of his own money on Duke Nukem Forever - I don't care who you are, that's a hell of a lot of money. He was committed to Duke to the point of insanity... and now Duke was dead.