In this month’s edition of “industry people who lost their jobs because of saying dumb stuff on Twitter”, we turn our attention away from Adam Orth to watch the surely imminent employment meltdown of one Bob Summerwill.
Earlier, EA confirmed that they have absolutely nothing in pipelines for Nintendo’s Wii U console. This is likely due to the fact that the über massive Frostbite engine will not be making an appearance on the Wii U; that’s problematic when you remember that EA is using Frostbite to power pretty much everything, including the company filter coffee machines.
In the wake of this information, Mr. Summerwill of EA Sports’ Canada studios fired out a couple of foolish tweets in response to a prompt for information on why EA isn’t supporting the console: “The Wii U is crap. Less powerful than an XBOX360. Poor online/store. Nintendo are walking dead at this point.”
It didn’t stop there, with Summerwill adding that Nintendo platforms “have always been very poor revenue-wise for third parties” adding that only the Zelda and Mario games generate money. There’s more, but a lot of what was tweeted has since been deleted. If you want to see a couple more shining examples of how to destroy your career in games development, then head over to this NeoGAF thread, which has screencaps of the offending tweets.
It’ll be interesting to see whether EA does anything about this considering their modus operandi of late has been to adopt a silent stance in the hopes that all the drama disappears; which it eventually does. I’m looking at you, SimCity.