Adam Orth Resigns Following Always-Online Twitter Comments

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Adam Orth Resigns Following Always-Online Twitter Comments

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After telling critics of always-online to "deal with it," it looks like Orth will have to "deal with" finding a new job.

Earlier this month, Microsoft executive Adam Orth faced some pretty heavy backlash for some Twitter comments regarding the rumored always-online component of Microsoft's upcoming console, code named "Durango." "I don't get the drama around having an 'always-online' console," Orth said, adding a "deal with it" hashtag. When called out on his opinion by critics presenting the argument that a considerable percentage of the population has zero or poor internet coverage, Orth said "Those people should definitely get with the times and get the internet. It's awesome," adding "Why on earth would I live [in a place with poor internet coverage]?"

You can see how these comments could have rubbed people the wrong way, and they also seem to strongly suggest that the next Xbox will be always-online, a fact that, if true, Microsoft is no doubt trying to conceal so they can reveal it in as positive light as possible. So it should come as no surprise that a "source close to the matter" has told Game Informer that Orth has tendered his resignation to Microsoft. A call to Microsoft's main switchboard confirmed this fact.

Orth or Microsoft have yet to comment on whether this was a forced or voluntarily resignation, but given the circumstances, it seems pretty obvious. Microsoft issued the following statement in response to Orth's Twitter comments.

"We apologize for the inappropriate comments made by an employee on Twitter yesterday. This person is not a spokesperson for Microsoft, and his personal views do not reflect the customer centric approach we take to our products or how we would communicate directly with our loyal consumers. We are very sorry if this offended anyone, however we have not made any announcements about our product roadmap, and have no further comment on this matter."

Orth is not the first person to be "fired" due to comments made on social media, and probably won't be the last. Take this as a cautionary tale, whatever you say on Twitter, you are essentially telling everyone in the whole world. Think about how others may interpret your comments before posting anything online.

Will Microsoft's damage control be enough to ease people's mind if always-online is actually a feature for the new console? Or perhaps the overwhelmingly negative response to any mention of such a feature will make Microsoft rethink implementing it at all? The console is rumored to be announced in May, and as Microsoft have been pretty tight-lipped about anything regarding it, I guess we'll just have to wait until then.

Source: Game Informer

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I'm sure he "resigned". Anyway this really isn't that surprising, I mean you act like an arse to your employer's customers you can expect repercussions and I have a feeling it was a forced resignation.

I'd feel bad for the guy if he wasn't being such a giant ass about the whole thing.

If I had a job that pays the amount his probably did and I didnt HAVE to talk to the consumer I probably wouldnt
even have a twitter account. I dont know how in the world he thought this was acceptable like Microsoft was going
take his side #need a resume

Many people don't understand that Freedom of Speech does not separate one from the Shackles of Consequence. The term is relative.

A shame, really. The thing is, the 'critic' the man was addressing was actually a friend he had a history of tongue-in-cheek verbally sparring with. This fact was completely neglected of course from any reports of the matter and now another career is down the drain. The kind of comments he made really should have been exchanged a little more privately...

Good riddance to bad rubbish I say. What a stuck up and arrogant world view this man has.

Seems a little extreme, firing a dude for acting out of context and being a bit of a cock. But on the other hand, fuck that guy, he should have had the foresight to realise how this was going to go down and understand the inevitable reaction.
Personally, if I had someone as cognitively bankrupt as this asshole working for me I'd be glad to be rid of him.

Fired for telling a bad joke....that's really quite sad (I am assuming the always online DRM xbox is not really happening)

However, if what he said was true, he has been fired for confirming something he shouldn't have.

Hah, got what he had coming I see.

Good riddance, if he was too stupid to figure out how to be an exec without making idiotic comments, he doesnt need to be anywhere near the position.

I wonder if one of his ex-coworkers said "Deal with it" when he had to leave. :P

IronMit:
Fired for telling a bad joke....that's really quite sad (I am assuming the always online DRM xbox is not really happening)

However, if what he said was true, he has been fired for confirming something he shouldn't have.

That is what we are going to find out in May. Did he get fired for revealing it before they tried to spin it like its something gamers wanted or did he get fired for getting microsoft all this negative press?

I personally think its because he hinted at the always-online before the PR department has finished their brainstorm on how to re-brand it. lol.

Twitter, world's second greatest cause of unemployment. Right below the economic crisis.

I hope that if MS were planning on "always-online" as a feature that this episode has caused a quick about face.

Callex:
A shame, really. The thing is, the 'critic' the man was addressing was actually a friend he had a history of tongue-in-cheek verbally sparring with. This fact was completely neglected of course from any reports of the matter and now another career is down the drain. The kind of comments he made really should have been exchanged a little more privately...

Doesn't matter if it was to a friend. Twitter comments are notorious for being a broadcast message. By the very nature of the service it is difficult to track a conversation and thus every executive should be conscious of how their posts or replies may be misconstrued by people other than the intended target. Also, it is hard enough to convey things like sarcasm using text alone and it is even harder to do so with only 140 chars. As such messages should be kept private or say only what you actually intend in clear language.

GAunderrated:
That is what we are going to find out in May. Did he get fired for revealing it before they tried to spin it like its something gamers wanted or did he get fired for getting microsoft all this negative press?

Bad press, obviously. Regardless if it's true or not, the negative PR the whole thing caused happened in either way and that is something no company wants (usually)

ScruffyMcBalls:
Seems a little extreme, firing a dude for acting out of context and being a bit of a cock.

But he wasn't fired he resigned, it's not like the company would force him into doing something he didn't want to do himself, he had complete creative freedom in the matter...

I guess he'll have to "Deal with it", poor guy.

Also, when are people going to learn that social networks should be self censored.

Well... as it turns out complaining and bitching about justified complaints as well as stupidly exaggerating the valid complaints by making irrelevant examples out of them causes you to lose your job! The moral of the story is: NEVER tell the internet to "Deal with it"!

This was pretty obviously coming.

I don't think this bad press will change things:
Xbawx will be always online
People will make a lot of noise
It will sell like hoe cakes.

I, on the other hand, won't buy it because I prefer my gaming steam flavored.

Mr.K.:

ScruffyMcBalls:
Seems a little extreme, firing a dude for acting out of context and being a bit of a cock.

But he wasn't fired he resigned, it's not like the company would force him into doing something he didn't want to do himself, he had complete creative freedom in the matter...

Ah, my bad. Either way, I'd still be glad he was gone if he were under my employ. And the dude's still a moron.

The moral of this story:
Don't have a Twitter account.

GAunderrated:

That is what we are going to find out in May. Did he get fired for revealing it before they tried to spin it like its something gamers wanted or did he get fired for getting microsoft all this negative press?

I personally think its because he hinted at the always-online before the PR department has finished their brainstorm on how to re-brand it. lol.

Definitely. If it wasn't true, even in the slightest most arbitrarily nitpicky of manners, I would expect Microsoft to come out guns-a-blazin' to refute the rumours of the Nextbox being always-online. I think it's a safe bet their silence confirms it's going to be a DRM monster-child.

Anyhow, normally I feel bad for people who lose their jobs over stuff like this, but corporate executives justify their huge pay over normal employees with their claims of always being on the clock. They're salarymen after all! Not lowly plebs. So by their own rationale they don't get to claim they weren't representing their company when something happened, regardless of where/when.

Mr.K.:

ScruffyMcBalls:
Seems a little extreme, firing a dude for acting out of context and being a bit of a cock.

But he wasn't fired he resigned, it's not like the company would force him into doing something he didn't want to do himself, he had complete creative freedom in the matter...

ScruffyMcBalls:

Mr.K.:

ScruffyMcBalls:
Seems a little extreme, firing a dude for acting out of context and being a bit of a cock.

But he wasn't fired he resigned, it's not like the company would force him into doing something he didn't want to do himself, he had complete creative freedom in the matter...

Ah, my bad. Either way, I'd still be glad he was gone if he were under my employ. And the dude's still a moron.

I don't think Mr.K. was being serious.

Yes, they very well COULD HAVE pressured him into resigning. It's PR spin, nothing more. He was "let go". However it's spun doesn't change the fact.

I would hope that any plans to make the console always online got reconsidered with this backlash.

Oh and fuck that guy. It's too easy to be ungrateful for what you have.

And there be a lesson for dumb people everywhere. If you want to privately joke about with a friend, don't do it in a open for the world to see. For those who think this is harsh are too young tp remember the name Gerald Ratner. A head of a major jewlary bussiness famous for cheap affordable jewlary who. They had shops everywhere, he was a millionare and everything was very, very good. Then at a bussiness dinner for all the major heads of the city he said a little joke "We also do cut-glass sherry decanters complete with six glasses on a silver-plated tray that your butler can serve you drinks on, all for 4.95. People say, "How can you sell this for such a low price?", I say, "because it's total crap.". The company's stock went into free fall, the press lead with the headlines "leading jewlars says "we sell crap!"" And he lost everything.. Top of the world to the gutter in less then 7 days coz he didn't think what he said. Do I have any sympathy for Orth? Not a bit.

Man, who knew that telling all your customers to suck it could end badly for you? In all seriousness though, did that guy genuinely think that he was privately complaining to his friends or did he actually know that everyone could see what he was saying?

Fayathon:
I'd feel bad for the guy if he wasn't being such a giant ass about the whole thing.

Its said the whole thing is a back and forth of two friends trolling each other.

Something reporters fail to grasp, because that doesn't sell.

Windows 8 and now X720/Durango. Not a good time to be Microsoft.

Oh no!

If he's jobless, that means he may not be always-online any more! How will he use his vacuum cleaner now?

Yes, I'm sure he resigned much like I did; 'Resign or be fired'. But still, I can't say this isn't a positive thing for Microsoft. Joke or not, anything in regards to their new console would not be taken lightly.

Street justice served on a cold platter. I can't say i feel bad. Even though I don't play on consoles I understand this is crunch time for Xbox a Playstation. This is the time consumers are making decisions about which console they are going to purchase and any bad PR, especially when it come to always on DRM, will greatly effect consumer decisions.

He may have voluntarily resigned after receiving the PR department's internal memo stapled to the decapitated horse's head in his bed.

Out of a job? Well luckily Jim Sterling has the perfect response.

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Note: I have no idea whether or not Jim endorses this man's firing, but the Deal With It is too perfect.

Also, this is yet another case of someone not being aware of the consequences of saying shit on social media, private joke between people or not.

Looks like he's lost connection with Microsoft's Employment server.

Shame.

I don't think he was let go because of the deal with it comment or even his "verification" of the Xbox being always online. It was the asshat comment of "Why would I want to live in a place like that" where he is just a giant snob that just put down the people with lower incomes or those that like living in more rural areas.

captcha: face the music

too true

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