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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Soulbender
Member since:
2005-08-18

No, he can't. Just look at the headline: EA Sports developer calls Wii U 'crap'.


So media are idiots and blow things out of proportions. What else is new?

he made his employer look bad.


This is absurd.
He did not reply to an official Nintendo tweet, he did not respond as an official spokes person for EA.
It's not like he said "EA is crap, I hate our products and our CEO is a retard" (and if it was Finland or any other scandinavian country he probably couldn't get fired for that either). He voiced his opinion on the product of *another* company that is not part of EA and that EA is not even making products for.
It's like an employee of Microsoft could not post on his blog that he don't like VMWare.

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TM99 Member since:
2012-08-26

I know you refuse to accept this, however, your idealism just doesn't match with reality.

It doesn't matter what country you are in. Employers can & do fire employees for the stupid, insensitive, and inappropriate things tweeted or stated elsewhere on social media in 'their own time' off the company clock.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2010/04/09/stuart-maclennan-uk-polit_...

http://www.news.com.au/technology/young-liberals-caught-up-in-barac...

http://techcrunch.com/2009/06/28/first-time-ever-professional-sport...

http://thenextweb.com/2009/12/10/vodafone-employee-fired-unfunny-tw...

http://www.t3.com/news/apple-employee-fired-for-facebook-rant

You can also believe that it is somehow against the 'law' do so, but you would again be wrong.

http://www.cio.com/article/702749/Dutch_Judge_Companies_Can_Lay_Off...

You have freedom of speech in all democratic nations, however, you do not have unlimited rights to say what you want, when you want to, without consequences especially within context on a public forum.

Welcome to adulthood, eh?

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Soulbender Member since:
2005-08-18

It doesn't matter what country you are in


Actually, it matters a lot. Company policy does not over-ride local law. Sure, you can still be fired but only if the company think it's a good idea to get bad press, pay fines and maybe even re-instate you due to unlawful termination.

Employers can & do fire employees for the stupid, insensitive, and inappropriate things tweeted or stated elsewhere on social media in 'their own time' off the company clock.


You do know that there are more than 5 countries in the world, right?

You can also believe that it is somehow against the 'law' do so, but you would again be wrong


Fortunately for the rest of the world, U.S law does not apply outside of the U.S borders.

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MOS6510 Member since:
2011-05-12

Yes, media are idiots, everybody knows this so this EA guy should have known it too. Apparently he's an even bigger idiot.

He called the Wii U crap. A hardware platform EA needs to run their games on to make money, to feed this guy and others.

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Soulbender Member since:
2005-08-18

Well, lets just agree that it depends on the law what actions the company can legally take. Since this guy is in Canada I'm going to presume that he's safer than he would have been if he had been in the U.S.

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