Microsoft Studios employee departs company following Twitter comments

Adam Orth, a creative director at Microsoft Studios, went on Twitter on Thursday to offer his opinions on the "always on" game console topic, in the wake of recent rumors that Microsoft's next version of the Xbox would have to be connected to the Internet to play games. His statements generated a lot of negative responses from Internet message boards, as he suggested that people should "#dealwithit" in terms of thinking about a game console as "always on".

While his statements were never thought of as "official" comments from Microsoft, the company later issued an apology for Orth's Twitter statements, calling them "inappropriate." Orth quickly made his Twitter account private. Following that news, Game Informer reports, via unnamed sources, that Orth has since left Microsoft.

It's currently not known if Orth voluntarily decided to leave, was asked by Microsoft to resign or was fired outright. Orth was hired by Microsoft early last year, but it is not publicly known exactly what game project(s) he was working on in the Microsoft Studios division. He previously worked at PopCap Games and LucasArts, among other game publishers and developers.

Microsoft did not comment on whether or not the next Xbox would indeed require an Internet connection to play games when it issued its apology last week. New but unconfirmed rumors that popped up today claim that the console will require a constant Internet connection so that it can be set up to work with television set-top boxes, though no information about an always-on connection for gaming was reported in that rumor.

Source: Game Informer | Image via NeoGAF

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Going to be hard to find a new job.

Manager: So you're looking for a job? Hmmm you look familiar, have I seen you before?

You can jest with friends face to face or privately but the entire world had access to that conversation. It obviously violated some kind of policy and that's the price he pays. Sucks royal for him but a bit of common sense would have prevented it.

Oh that is just hilarious..... guy was so full of himself, he pushed himself out of a job... honestly though, that was such a stupid comment to make.... why would I live there... like no one would ever live somewhere that isn't a metro area.....

I see nothing in his tweets that would warrant a firing or resignation. He must have been treading on a fine line with other company issues.

MrAusnadian said,
The guy he was replying to is a friend of his. They were just screwing around. What a messed up world!

It's called Private Message. He knew the world could read his post on a sensitive subject. Well, MS did not like it. Even if it was only a joke.

ctrl_alt_delete said,
I personally thought it was funny. But apparently a lot of people is quite butthurt about it because he didn't outright confirm or deny anything.

People are just very immature and overly sensitive. It's becoming ridiculous.

From what I know is that they were originally planning to do an always on connection, but only for certain apps. If the creators of the apps or games specified it as required, then you would need a connection to use it, otherwise you wouldn't. Although over the past few days I haven't heard anything I think this is still the plan Microsoft is going with.

Kaantian said,
From what I know is that they were originally planning to do an always on connection, but only for certain apps. If the creators of the apps or games specified it as required, then you would need a connection to use it, otherwise you wouldn't. Although over the past few days I haven't heard anything I think this is still the plan Microsoft is going with.

"Always on" isn't "always on" if it's only certain apps...

If Microsoft isn't commenting then it's because they want to brainwash people a little more into accepting it

What I think was meant from Kaantian is that for a certain app to stay running, you need an internet connection, otherwise it will close out. Similarly to how MP games function. Microsoft has never released plans for a system that makes it have to have an always on connection, so the fact that we are worried is stupid.

Sure, Microsoft did do a change with Windows 8, a pretty big one, but one that still works. They didn't do anything serious that would change the whole idea completely, just wanted to make it all uniform. They have already started to do that with the past the XBox, and they made WP7 match more of the Windows 8 theme, and they still offer support with Windows 7.

If they are trying to tie everything together, then core features and functionality are the same. Well, is an Always Connected feature on any other Windows uniformed device for 8? No, so why worry about it for the next XBox?

farmeunit said,

"Always on" isn't "always on" if it's only certain apps...

If Microsoft isn't commenting then it's because they want to brainwash people a little more into accepting it


Hardly. It's a rumor that will prove false... Only on is probably only a feature to allow it to manage the tv, or allow a smartglass connection, or download updates... That is all.

No, it's simply a case of lack of common sense.
When you work as a director at one of the biggest company in the industry, you don't break your NDA, reveal confidential business information and publicly **** on your customers.

Well he didn't break any NDA and reveal any confidential information, he just acted as a jerk in what could be construed as semi official MS information.

Could you please point me to the NDA that he broke or the confidential business information that he revealed? And where did he publicly **** on his customers?

People are just acting stupidly these days as if they don't have common sense anymore. Treating rumors as if its facts. This is the reason companies try to keep their developments under lock and key because a-holes release and talk about crap which cause a big ****storm like this.

HawkMan said,
Well he didn't break any NDA and reveal any confidential information, he just acted as a jerk in what could be construed as semi official MS information.

I would actually look a bit further into it, the momentum with always on started to die down a bit, the fire has since been ignited by this guy and I think this could be (I stress could) be another marketing stunt. Microsoft hasn't announced anything to do with the next xbox and yet people are already talking way more about it than the PS4!!

ctrl_alt_delete said,
Could you please point me to the NDA that he broke or the confidential business information that he revealed? And where did he publicly **** on his customers?

People are just acting stupidly these days as if they don't have common sense anymore. Treating rumors as if its facts. This is the reason companies try to keep their developments under lock and key because a-holes release and talk about crap which cause a big ****storm like this.

+1

I don't know what is more frustrating, the people that take rumor for fact and then continue to state it as such, or the people that are so overly sensitive that they get all upset over the silliest thing... It's like we live in a world of grade schoolers...

ctrl_alt_delete said,
Could you please point me to the NDA that he broke or the confidential business information that he revealed?

He mentioned features (always on connection) about an unannounced product (next gen Xbox).
ctrl_alt_delete said,
And where did he publicly **** on his customers?

On Twitter.

ctrl_alt_delete said,
Anyways a guy just lost his job what kind of sick person gloats over that?

Except he lost his job as a consequence of his OWN actions. It's called taking responsibility. Hopefully, he learned a valuable lesson.

After treated customers with contempt and disrespect, how can you be surprised when they're pleased to see Microsoft siding with their customers?

Why does it serve him right? Because he has his own opinion other people dont like? Really a good reason to get kicked out of a job. Wonder what the general employee would think of the weekly party people. do you think he likes this? well .. looks like people are not allowed to have a private live anymore right

When you comment on company policy in the way he did, clearly it's a disciplinary matter.

When you work for a company, you don't comment on company policy unless you have been authorised to.

ctrl_alt_delete said,
Wow. Serious A-hole. I'm actually thinking u two are the same person. Anyways a guy just lost his job what kind of sick person gloats over that?
No one is entitled to their job

-adrian- said,
Why does it serve him right? Because he has his own opinion other people dont like?

What are you talking about? It has nothing to do with his opinionated position. It's his treatment of the customers that disagree. Even the screenshot above shows an example of his general disregard for customer conditions and a disrespect for where they live.

Rudy said,
No one is entitled to their job

Exactly. The fact that anyone would rush to this guy's defense seems to exemplify an increasing tolerance for poor work ethic and disconnected responsibility.