Earlier this week we reported that a Microsoft employee caused quite a stir on Twitter when he voiced his personal opinions over fan’s rection to rumors that Microsoft would have an ‘always on’ internet requirement for the next Xbox.
That employee’s name is Adam Orth, and at the time he was the Microsoft Studios creative director. Now he no longer works with the company. Microsoft refused to comment on the issue when we called to verify the termination of the employee, though several sites have confirmed his departure through other means.
Some of Orth’s comments on the ‘always on’ rumor and the animosity that it cause among the player base included, “Every device now is ‘always on.’ That’s the world we live in.” adding #dealwithit as his closing remarks.
Moments after the tweets, Orth’s Twitter was made private and Microsoft issued the following statement on the matter, “We are aware of the comments made by an employee on Twitter. This person is not a spokesperson for Microsoft, and his personal views are not reflective of those of the company.”
It is always a conflicting issue when a person is fired, or has to leave for issuing private opinions on a Twitter account. Many companies require a ‘code of conduct’ on personal social-media sites, that put restrictions on what you can say or do. It is unknown if Microsoft had such a procedure in place.