dealwithitAdam Orth, the Microsoft Studios creative director who told the company’s critics on Twitter to #dealwithit, is no longer working for the company, according to a report by Game Informer overnight.

The site reports, “Game Informer has learned from sources close to the matter that Orth is no longer with Microsoft. A call to Microsoft’s main switchboard confirmed this fact. Our sources, who wish to remain anonymous, suggest that Orth resigned in the wake of last week’s events. We haven’t been able to confirm whether this was a voluntary or forced resignation.”

The dustup followed reports that Microsoft planned to require an Internet connection to play games in the next version of the Xbox console. Responding to critics, Orth posted on Twitter, “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.” His tweets have since been set to private.

Microsoft declined to comment today on Orth’s status, citing a policy against discussing personnel issues. The company last week apologized for his statements without confirming details of the connected console plan.

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  • guest

    He was a chump. Simple as that.

  • Guest

    Definitely not a ‘Creative Director’ else he would have cooked up a creative excuse! Its strange- for being a late comer to almost every ‘big’ thing, Microsoft keeps getting dinged trying to get users to do something they are not ready for yet!

  • Paul

    So they basically fired Orth for making one really stupid comment on his personal twitter account. Meanwhile Ballmer has systematically destroyed the company and $300 billion of shareholder value and he’s still CEO? Awesome accountability message being sent there.

  • robotlogic

    I guess there’s only room for one smug prick at Microsoft.

  • Marc Wilder

    thus always to chumps

  • Under the Bus

    since he had the word “creative” in his title, Microsoft management probably had no idea what he did anyway

    • guest

      They can’t be completely clueless. After all, they knew enough to fire you.

  • Mike Slammer

    Soon to be featured in an upcoming “What Were They Thinking” presentation.

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