Adam Orth departs Microsoft after 'always on' quarrel - Gematsu
Adam Orth departs Microsoft after ‘always on’ quarrel
posted on 04.10.13 at 08:27 PM EST by (@salromano)
Unknown whether it was a voluntary or forced resignation.

Adam Orth, the Microsoft creative director who caused a stir on Twitter about always connected devices in wake of an ‘always on’ Xbox rumor that day, is no longer with the company.

The news comes from Game Informer, who’ve confirmed his leave, but were unable to confirm whether it was a voluntary or forced resignation.

Orth has yet to update his LinkedIn profile, which still lists him as a Microsoft employee.

Thanks, NeoGAF.

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  • Tac-Mex

    I guess he will have to #dealwithit

    • rockman29

      he also just enshrined himself forever as an embodiment of any anti-consumer action that comes from Xbox

      the future will be pointing to this picture of him for years to come

      • Seeing that he got most likely fired from his job, I think it is the appropiate time to use this now:

    • Eliézer Dos Santos

      Sorry that I couldn’t upvote you more. #dealwithit

    • Lmao just great XD

  • rockman29


  • LordKaiser

    He should had used a private message system.

  • Sevyne

    Knew something had to happen, but that was quicker than I expected.×564.jpg

  • Eclipse

    I can’t really say I feel sorry for the guy…

    His horrible remarks really turned me away from their console.

    • Rydak

      Pretty much my sentiments as well. The always online rumor dissuaded me from the next box, but his remarks made it even worse.

      • Eclipse

        Yeah, that always online rumor was already bad enough, but the way this guy added fuel to the fire was just plain ridiculous.

        You’d think someone in such an important company position wouldn’t publicly act out in such a childish way….

  • I had a feeling this would happen

  • xMCXx

    Well, he kinda had it coming…

  • Bobby Jennings

    I bet he got fired, lmao

  • GetOffMy_Lawn

    This is undoubtedly the best decision Microsoft has made in years.

  • I’m not surprised. I posted in the open forum a few days ago on the topic. I said that I felt like firing him would be a bit harsh, but he really did place a lot of negativity on the next box, along with what Microsoft does next.

    It’s not good to have negative press on something you haven’t even officially unveiled, and it’s even worse when that negativity comes from someone working at the company.

    If he learned anything from this, I hope he learned that just because you have social media, and you can post whatever you want, doesn’t mean doing so comes with no strings attached.

    • Pyrofrost

      Wise words man. This should actually be a valuable lesson to everyone.

      Just because something crosses your mind or just because you have an opinion on something, does not mean it’s always a good idea to share it; especially publicly. Some things are better kept to yourself, and some things are better shared privately among friends.

      • Kurisu Makise

        Well said both of you. Another thing to add is, people need to realize that the internet consists of…people. When expressing yourself and talking to others, even if he was just “trolling” on an acquaintance in the field; it’s read by people and people will associate your opinions with your employer/religious organization/etc etc. Oh and twitter does have Direct Messages/ways to keep things private…y’know ;D

        • Sae-Won Yoon

          I find it amusingly hilarious that Orth decided to do that AFTER the shitstorm he stirred.

  • This is what happens in the real world, Adam Orth. Now YOU’RE the one that will always be online.


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  • DarthBrian

    As someone who has been out of work for two years now, I do feel bad the guy lost his job over this. On the other hand though, he kind of brought it on himself.

    Live and learn, I guess. *shrug*

    • Sevyne

      I don’t feel bad for him. When you are fortunate enough to even have a job you should make sure you do what it takes to keep it. He clearly did not. People are terminated for much less than that stunt he pulled that potentially could be costing them boatloads of money in lost customers.

      • DarthBrian

        I agree, but I also know how much it sucks to lose your job. All I’m sayin’.

        • Sevyne

          Yeah it definitely sucks to lose your job, but I can’t feel bad for someone that was pretty much begging for it.

          • DarthBrian

            I agree.

    • Skerj

      You can’t hold a position like that at a time like this and run your mouth in public places, ESPECIALLY online. It might have been in jest between friends but people will always scrutinize everything you say and it can (totally will) negatively impact the company.

      News like that gets out without PR control, it’ll affect mind share and subsequently sales and stock prices. I used to work for a company who had a social network hit squad. Their sole purpose was to scour everyone’s accounts to see what they’re posting and if it’s inappropriate or confidential information related to the company then action will be taken.

      Fortunately for me I don’t have any of those accounts nor do I really go shooting off at the mouth so I wasn’t affected. People have to realize that they will be held accountable for the things they say and post if their company is involved.

    • MosquitoLemon

      He’ll be fine, I mean, he seemed to have no problem trashing people who can’t afford stable internet every month.

    • Elvick

      I don’t feel bad for him. He was bad at his job, otherwise he wouldn’t have said what he did at all. People bad at their jobs, don’t deserve those jobs.

      Give them to someone who is more qualified. And then, maybe the person who was bad at their job will be more focused on doing their job well next time. Instead of acting silly.

  • HeatPhoenix

    I guess he’ll have to buy a vacuum cleaner now.

  • FitzpatrickPhillips

    looooooooooooool oh man, too great

  • Mar Mar

    he did a ragequit

  • Michael Garling

    So weird that this has been happening – for anyone interested, Orth played bass on this masterpiece:

    He used to hang around the Weezer forums after the song was finally released to the public in 2010 – he was a real dick there too, always talking back to people. He also secretly made posts under the ‘Sweet Billy’ name that the guy from Fox Interactive claimed he liked to be called, which is now hilarious in hindsight.

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  • Chris Cruz

    Am I the only just suddenly breaking into chuckling, which then breaks into Laughter when I see this picture?

  • Now its bad when people lost there job in this day an age
    but Orth just put the NextXbox in an bad light so firing
    was the best action MS could of done

  • Now its bad when people lost there job in this day an age
    but Orth just put the NextXbox in an bad light so firing
    was the best action MS could of done

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  • TwinBuns

    I feel like Orth raised the profile of the “always on” rumor. Now we’ve got rumors about rumors that it’s not “always on”.

    If the next Xbox does not have “always on” there should be some kind of rememberance for him this time next year for accidentally helping to kill that idea.

  • Roxy

    Rumor has it that he already was planning on leaving do to an inside stink and this was one last hoo-hah that he had before his departure. So people saying he got what he deserved really don’t know the half of it.