Tax Agency Employee Fired For Developing a Game
Canadian indie game developer David S. Gallant created a game a few months ago that illustrated the drudgery of his day job. A valid and novel way to express oneself, right? His employer, unfortunately, disagreed.
People often have gripes with their jobs and it's not unheard of to hear about them releasing steam using various outlets, be it exercise, venting to a friend or to fellow employees, talk behind that idiot Arcade Sushi editor George's back [Hey! —Ed.], or maybe even by producing something creative, which was what Gallant did.
Gallant was interviewed about the game by the Toronto Star, in which it's said that his bosses were not happy when they found out I Get This Call Every Day existed. The article said that National Revenue Minister Gail Shea's communications director, Clark Olsen, sent an e-mail to the Star that stated, "The Minister considers this type of conduct offensive and completely unacceptable."
An investigation was supposed to follow in which the company would make sure that, "no confidential taxpayer information was compromised."
And now, judging by his tweet, Gallant has been terminated. Many denizens of the Twittersphere offered their condolences, and many encouraged him to find work in the video game industry, especially now that he's getting publicity from the press.
We at Arcade Sushi wish him the best of luck and encourage you to check out I Get This Call Every Day. Maybe we'll see more work from him in a more mainstream capacity in the future.
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