Shortly after Nintendo Treehouse employee Chris Pranger appeared on the Part Time Gamer Podcast to discuss all things Nintendo, he revealed that he had been fired from his job. While on the show he disclosed a lot of information about Nintendo, including some that may well have been under NDA, and spoke with a demeanor that many fans listening considered degrading. But since his termination, the community has had split reactions.
This is one of the subjects we discuss on
this week’s episode of Nintendo Week, our Nintendo-themed podcast here at Gamnesia, where we think Nintendo is perfectly in the right to fire him. You can check out the discussion video above to hear our thoughts, or keep reading below for a brief, albeit much less detailed, summary.
There are two major elements to this story: the firing itself, and Nintendo’s persistence in keeping their PR from communicating directly with fans.
One hand of this event is that it embodies how strict they are when it comes to their employees communicating with the community, and we all think Nintendo should certainly loosen up. We and many others feel terrible for Pranger and send him our best wishes as he enters the next chapter of his life—and perhaps we wouldn’t need to if Nintendo would loosen up.
But at the end of the day, Nintendo is completely justified to let him go. Whether or not the information that he disclosed was top-secret, the fact remains that he was surely not authorized to publicly represent Nintendo in the way that he did, and his attitude towards fans was disrespectful at best. Whether or not you believe Nintendo needs to loosen up, what he did was clearly out of bounds for their current structure, and that he behaved in that rash way while publicly representing Nintendo demanded action.
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