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Microsoft fires “Robert Delaware” Xbox 360 Red Ring of Death whistleblower

Sep142008

Microsoft fires “Robert Delaware” Xbox 360 Red Ring of Death whistleblower

Robert Delaware a contract employee at Microsoft talked without permission to VentureBeat last week on the Xbox 360 defects. Microsoft had him fired on Wednesday. Delaware worked as a game tester at Microsoft but was employed by the temp agency Excell Data. He reported directly to a Microsoft manager, who told him he was being let go because of the VentureBeat article.

Delaware, a 29-year-old Seattle resident, expects to face civil charges from his former employer VMC (which tests games for Microsoft) and Microsoft as well. He will likely have to hire a lawyer. Microsoft spokesman David Dennis said the company does not talk about personnel issues.

“I don’t regret it,” he said in a phone call on Thursday. “I’ll fight it. If they want to come after me, bring it on.”

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