Adam Orth, “#DealWithIt” Guy, No Longer At Microsoft
Adam Orth, better known as the #DealWithIt Guy is no longer at Microsoft as of today. Orth, a former creative director at Microsoft Games Studios, achieved infamy late last week when expressed his opinion about always-online requirements on Twitter by responding negatively to complaints about the Xbox 720′s potential always-online requirement.
His tweets, which exhibited no small amount of disdain for gamers without good internet connections, earned him the ire of many on Twitter, Reddit, NeoGAF, and elsewhere. Given his position at Microsoft, it also prompted journalists to respond and write about the debacle, and fueled speculation about Microsoft’s plans for an always-online requirement for their next-generation console.
In response to statements about how many gamers were without persistent, or good internet connections, Adam Orth hastagged his tweets with a dismissive “#dealwithit”, which many saw as derisive of their complaints.
Microsoft was forced to issue a public apology for his behavior.
“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.”
While his statements have no bearing on whether Microsoft will, for a fact, embed an always-online requirement on the next Xbox, his tweets may serve to showcase a mentality present at the developer.