Angry employee apparently takes control of children’s MMORPG

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On Saturday September 17th, the MMORPG Wizard101 (PC, also Steam) experienced an emergency. The servers had to be temporarily closed. Apparently, a grumpy employee had used the MMORPG to vent his frustration via server messages. He slandered the company and spoke about his boss’s body parts in an adult manner.

Trigger Warning: The post gets some swear words and insults.

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4 hours server down due to “unexpected problem”

That was the server down: On Saturday, September 17th, at 4:00 am local time, the servers were shut down due to an “unexpected problem”.

4 hours later the servers came back up: the studio apologized for the problems, talked about a “temporary fix” and promised to launch an investigation into how to “solve the problem permanently”.

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What was the news exactly? What sounds like there was a banal, small server problem was apparently an angry employee who sent system messages to all players for hours at a time. For example, he wrote:

  • “The next world is my boss’ asshole”
  • “the game sucks”
  • Or in short: “Dicks and Balls”
  • But there were also other messages like: “Come into room 102 and I’ll beat you up”. In a message, the user quoted the Breaking Bad series:

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    Ultimately, the employee apparently got into trouble, as can be seen from the news:

  • “The Wizard Police are after me”
  • fuck
  • Where did the protest come from? There were some serious system messages like:

  • “King Isles is the worst company I have ever worked for”
  • It is simulated that an employee named Brad is summoned to the office by his boss. Or that you grabbed a “rogue employee” who went rogue.

    So the tweets appear to be telling the story that employee Brad, frustrated, wormed his way into the system messages in order to lash out.

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    How is this discussed by the players? It is divided into two:

  • On the one hand, some just find it funny that someone does something like this and regret missing out on the action
  • But others say: They don’t think it’s okay for children to read this language
  • It is also agreed that no matter who the person was, after the performance they will probably have a hard time finding a new job in the gaming industry
  • Overall, one considers KingIsle Entertainment’s crisis management to be difficult to dismiss as an “unexpected problem” – one would like a concrete statement. Twitter users are now also interested in how the working conditions for employees are that such a protest is taking place.

    Wizard101 is from 2008 – players can build deep relationships with MMORPGs they play for a long time:

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