Before last week, Adam Orth, Microsoft Studio’s (now former) creative director, was just one of countless individuals in the gaming industry. But over the weekend, he sparked a lot of controversy in back-and-forth conversations with followers on Twitter as Orth stood his ground on supporting ‘always on’ consoles.
In his tweets, which have since been deleted, Orth was apparently a little too snarky for his own good. The tweet from Orth that sparked the most outrage read “Sorry, I don’t get the drama around having an ‘always on’ console… Every device now is ‘always on.’ That’s the world we live in. #dealwithit”.
Like most controversial things that get posted on the internet, it didn’t take long before people reacted angrily to Adam Orth’s tweets (some argue having an ‘always on’ console is another form of draconian DRM and desire for companies to have control over consumers and their products) and they went viral on blogs, publications both online and offline as well as large internet communities such as Reddit. Screenshots of his tweets were also taken before they were deleted and this self-censorship only served to fuel the already smoldering flames surrounding the issue.
Various publications in the gaming industry such as Kotaku and GameInformer have reported various sources confirming Adam Orth’s departure, but Microsoft denies talking about private personnel matters. It is unclear if this resignation was voluntary or if he was asked to resign. Adam Orth also recently removed his LinkedIn profile from public viewing.