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.

via GameInformer.

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6 Comments on Adam Orth, “#DealWithIt” Guy, No Longer At Microsoft


On April 11, 2013 at 1:54 am

Boycott Microsoft. #DealWithIt


On April 11, 2013 at 1:59 am

From henceforth, Adam Orth will go from being known as the #dealwithit guy to the #iamatool guy.


On April 11, 2013 at 9:24 am

Wasn’t he just being ironic though? From what I understand, he was jokingly arguing with a friend of his wasn’t he?


On April 11, 2013 at 11:26 am

All lies.
This was all a ruse. Microsoft told this guy to go on twitter to see what reactions he will get about always online before they go and embarrass themselves on the E3 Stage. Also might I add a lot of companies refuse there employees to use social networks because of this type of stuff. This guy must have known full well he will get canned for it and if he quit or retired after this happened it seems more suspect that they planned this.


On April 11, 2013 at 11:43 am

@Swcloud: From what I understand it started out as an argument full of sarcasm with a friend. But it escalated to conversations and mockery of others beyond his friend. Incredibly stupid decision by the dude.

Yet again (since people seem to have missed this in all of the other COUNTLESS examples of Twitter controversies) DON’T. START. CRAP. ON. TWITTER. Particularly one in which you identify yourself as an employee, and particularly when you’re discussing something wildly unpopular, and particularly when those you end up conversing with are the target demographic.


On April 11, 2013 at 2:51 pm

“This person is not a spokesperson for Microsoft” – He damn well was he was, he was your creative director.