Adam 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.