Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sat 18th May 2013 21:06 UTC
Games "At the end of a week in which Electronic Arts confirmed it wasn't developing a thing for the Wii U, one of the software engineers in EA Sports' Canada studio, in a series of since-deleted tweets, disparaged the console as 'crap' and suggested Nintendo should give up on hardware altogether. 'The Wii U is crap. Less powerful than an Xbox 360. Poor online/store. Weird tablet', tweeted Bob Summerwill, listed as a senior software engineer at EA Canada, in a reply to a tweet posting a link about EA's no-Wii U news. 'Nintendo are walking dead at this point'." The Wii U is turning into the 21st century's Virtual Boy.
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WereCatf
Member since:
2006-02-15

Seriously, businesses should not let their employees post things like this. I hope this guy was quickly fired.


People shouldn't be allowed to have their own opinions as long as they work for someone? I'm sorry, but I definitely do not agree. People should have the right to voice their own opinion and they definitely shouldn't get fired for that.

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Morgan Member since:
2005-06-29

I agree, they definitely should have the right to voice their opinion.

But if you say something publicly that hurts your company's reputation or bottom line, they have the right to fire you. That's just how the corporate world works.

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WereCatf Member since:
2006-02-15

But if you say something publicly that hurts your company's reputation or bottom line, they have the right to fire you. That's just how the corporate world works.


I'm glad it doesn't work that way here in Finland. Here you are allowed to have an opinion and voice it, you only get sanctions if you portray your opinion as official company stance.

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MOS6510 Member since:
2011-05-12

I'm sure he's free to resign and he can then spend all day voicing his opinion on a wide range of subjects.

Business is not a democracy, just like for example the army and sports team aren't. They all have goals and objectives, they are not Internet forums where people carry no responsibility and say whatever crap they care to share.

An EA developer calling the Wii U crap damages the relationship between Nintendo and Electronic Arts. It may impact sales, people's jobs and lives. And for what? Would this guy experience unbearable pain if he wasn't allowed to share his opinion on-line?

If you had a company, how would you feel if your own employee called your products crap? Or employees of a business partner criticizing you?

An employee gets PAID to do a job, not to voice opinions damaging his employer.

The Wii did great, millions of people enjoy playing games on it. How can the Wii U, an updated and much better version, be "crap"? Then the original Wii much be crap^2, but apparently it's good enough for many people.

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WereCatf Member since:
2006-02-15

If you had a company, how would you feel if your own employee called your products crap? Or employees of a business partner criticizing you?


As long as those were their own, personal opinions I would still stand for their right to say them out loud. If they tried to portray their own opinions as the official company word that would be a different matter, but alas, in this case the developer doesn't do that -- he clearly is voicing a personal opinion.

An employee gets PAID to do a job, not to voice opinions damaging his employer.


An employee gets paid to do a job, not to guard his opinions that someone, somewhere might not like.

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Soulbender Member since:
2005-08-18

An employee gets PAID to do a job, not to voice opinions damaging his employer.


And the moment I leave the office for the day they are no longer paying me. What anyone does on their free time and what their opinions are is not the company's business. At all.
That's not saying it's smart to do what this guy did.

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TM99 Member since:
2012-08-26

Everyone is free to express an opinion. And there are consequences for those opinions once shared.

So, I can say all gays are pedophiles on national radio and not have consequences then? As a news reporter giving an opinion, it is OK then for me to tweet that Obama is a 'stupid nigger' for allowing the IRS scandal?

Of course not!

Free speech has always had limits and consequences.

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