Eidos Developer Fired Over Murder Comments

Blake Marsh spent four years working for Eidos Montreal, the team behind Deus Ex: Human Revolution. He was fired this week. Not for anything he did while on the job, but for stuff he said on Facebook.

As the latest reminder that anyone with a full-time job had best watch what they say on a social network, Marsh awoke on Wednesday morning to find that he'd been terminated for comments he'd made regarding a murder that took place over Quebec's recent election results.

On Tuesday night, only minutes after two people were shot - one fatally - at a political rally, Marsh took to Facebook and began a wall post by saying "You just can't find good assassins these days."

A little distasteful, perhaps, but it's what he says next that got him into trouble.

Talking about the election's winner, controversial left-wing politician Pauline Marois, he wrote "I give this b***h a month before someone with better aim comes forth and does what must be done."

That got the police's attention, and they paid a visit to Eidos Montreal's studio on Wednesday morning. At the same time, Eidos general manager Stéphane D'Astous had arrived at the office to find numerous complaints about Marsh's behaviour. Which he swiftly acted upon.

"Because of the nature of his posting . . . I decided to terminate his position at our company," D'Astous told Global Edmonton. "He crossed the line very clearly."

"We were indirectly linked to this which was totally unacceptable . . . we have an internal policy of zero tolerance of any type of intimidation or aggression in any shape or form."

Lt. Guy Lapointe of the Sûreté du Québec (the cops) told the site that, because such threats were taken very seriously, an investigation into Marsh's comments "is still ongoing".

As harmless as the comments appear to be, and as "personal" as they may have been intended, like I said above, it's something you've got to be very careful of in today's world. Especially when it's a publicly-accessible page that clearly states you work for a company with a public fanbase like Eidos.

Threats on social media get Quebec man fired [Global Edmonton, thanks Maxime!]


Comments

    Well, that was a good idea.

    Seems kind of colloquial, if distasteful too me. I personally wouldn't write it, but if we start firing people who hope politician X gets shot, how many of us will be employed.

    I do have to wonder where he wrote this though if the police showed up. Its far from a threat.

      Completely different when a politician has actually had an assassination attempt, and someone was murdered.

    Having an opinion on facebook about something completely unrelated to your job gets you fired now.

    The funny thing is that this is once again a victim of PR and damage control. The guy who fired him doesn't give a shit about it other than the company's "image". That's how ironically cynic this situation is. From monitoring social networks to outright ask your password on your account to watch everything set to private, or refuse to hire you if you don't have or share your FB account, this has reached levels of beyond ridiculous.

    Companies in america are literally shit.

      Gotta love those American companies based in Quebec Canada.

    Company did the right thing and the police are just doing their job. Im all for free speech, but predicting a politicians shooting and claiming it must be done is not only unworthy of being protected speech but also raises numerous red flags. The internet doesnt have a sarcasm detector, so you should be willing to own whatever you say on it. He says this woman needs killing? Damn right he should be investigated.

    Company has ever right to fire him. Sure, you can say "Free Speech! FREE SPEECH!", but here's the thing: Eidos is not the government. The GOVERNMENT respects free speech - others do not have to. Marsh is free to spout this nonsense in public if he wishes - and companies have the right to decide not to employ him for saying that stuff! Free speech gives you the right to say what you want - it doesn't mean the rest of society has to accept it or like it.

      Free speech gives you the right to speech, but it doesn't give you the right to be heard, and it doesn't give you the right to be free from prosecution of what you said either.

    Facebook hacked?

    Surely he could have just gone with the "it wasn't me" defence. How can they prove that he wrote those comments?

    We all think thoughts like this, but I suppose it's a reminder that we should sometimes keep our thoughts to ourselves.

    A person's personal facebook is just that, personal. A business has no right to take action over comments posted on it. The comments are posted during that person's personal time, on a personal page that is not representative of the company in any way but of that person as an individual. People have the right to have their own opinions and express them when they are not representing their company. If they are not in their uniform and they are not on the clock, the business has absolutely no right to go poking into their personal life.

      It does if it brings the company into disrepute, or has an impact on his work, or other peoples willingness to work, at the company.

      Employees complaining, and the press taking about how an Eidos employee was making death threats does both.

      If his FB profile was private there might be some defence, but not much.

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