Last week, Microsoft Studios Creative Director Adam Orth took to Twitter to discuss his opinions about always-on gaming consoles. He basically said that he’d like to see all tech go always-on, and he doesn’t understand consumer frustration surrounding the “feature.” Then this stuff came.
Multiple sources, like Game Informer and Polygon, are now reporting that Orth has left Microsoft. Whether his dismissal was voluntary or if it came down from on high remains to be discovered. I assume Microsoft will likely sweep this one under the rug and never speak of it again.
We talked about this at length during the most recent episode of the Tech on the Range podcast; but, I think it bears repeating. Yes, Twitter is a personal thing where conversations happen between real people in real time. However, once you slap the name of your employer in the description on your Twitter profile, you’re no longer speaking solely for yourself. You become a representative of your company. That’s where Adam Orth screwed up.
Everyone has their own opinions, and that’s all well and good. However, Orth fired off comments that should never fall below the banner of a major company. As gamers and consumers saw it, Microsoft was telling them to “deal with it” and to move out of rural areas of the world.
Did he deserve to get fired? I think that’s a bit of a stretch. Reprimanded, hit with a minor dock in pay, sure. Fired? I don’t know.