So, my post the other day concerning Alganon and its new leadership under the illustrious Derek Smart detailed how refreshing a bit of honesty is coming from a MMO developer. Telling it like it is, pulling no punches and trying out honesty, for once, instead of evasion.
But, Derek Smart just couldn’t leave it at that, could he? As per his normal MO, he is now airing out dirty laundry and getting into arguments with posters on message boards. Derek will never, ever change.
Take a look at this quote from the posts located here:
Even so, this has nothing to do with recommendations. HR managers are not idiots – especially in our industry. So the three of you can tool around with each other all day long, but my guess is that given how competitive the industry has become and how it is now focused (now more than ever) on hiring based on experience in *shipping* games, you guys will most likely never – ever – work in this industry again.
Or how about this one:
So this goes beyond the mistakes made with the **game**. It has to do with fraud, embezzlement and mismanagement and everything else in between. I stand by those words and any one of you three is more than welcome to sue me for saying it. I’ll be waiting.
There are police and FBI complaints filed by the investors, there is a lawsuit in the works etc. Go ahead, tell me you didn’t know anything about that. Nor the fact that not only was he siphoning money in order to overpay himself and his buddies, but also had an inexperienced family member – with *zero* industry qualifications – on the team *and* being paid higher than any other person *with* industry experience and qualifications. I fired that person as well as you well know.
Or this one (italics and emphasis mine!):
Tell you what, I’m just going to write a Post Mortem blog about it from start to finish since thats the industry norm. I’m not interested in airing dirty laundry or making problems for you three if I don’t have to. But when the investors filed a police complaint (in Chandler, AZ) it became public knowledge. When you three started scratching each other’s backs on LinkedIn and elsewhere, taking potshots at the folks you leave behind to clean up your mess etc, you drew a line in the stand. The mistake you’re all making is that you clearly forget just *who* it is you’re dealing with.
Now, I am not a lawyer but Derek seems to be dangling very close to lawsuit material here, is he not? Hell, companies now a days are scared to give references for former employees over fear of being sued! Now, Derek is airing it out on a comment section of a news post?
Yeah, that’s smart.
Well, it may not be smart but it is entertaining. That is one thing you have to give to Derek, he certainly entertains!