So the most obvious element to this story to me, is the fact that Pierce never criticized the idiot who tried to embarasss him. I have not read the entire press release on Gamesutra, but clearly the company wanted to keep him, and he refused. This could not be an indicator that he was going to be let go.
A good game developer uses good logic to make a good game. Logic is hard to come by, as it cannot really be taught, as much as developed. If you ask me, the intensity of the response by the CEO of OMGPOP is similar to a spurned lover. Just saying.
I have not tried Connectrode, but the comments seem to be positive. Some of which tried it out due to this publicity. He probably should send his former boss an edible bouquet..and tell him to “eat it”.
Anyway, kudos to you developer Pierce. Live long and prosper.
Originally posted on VentureBeat:
As reported last week, Shay Pierce was the only OMGPOP employee to decline a position with Zynga after it bought the Draw Something developer for $180 million. Pierce wrote an editorial for Gamasutra in which he explained that if he were to accept a position with the FarmVille creator, that he would be obligated to sign away the rights to an iOS game that he authored in his spare time. Pierce refused, writing: “I don’t have a job, but I can sleep soundly at night knowing that I’m not working for any employer with whom I strongly disagree.”
Yesterday, OMGPOP Chief Executive Officer Dan Porter shot off a few messages on Twitter in an attempt to have the last word:
“The one OMGPOP employee who turned down joining Zynga was the weakest one on the whole team,” Porter tweeted. “Selfish people make bad games. Good riddance!”
The deal has…
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