GameStop Employee Fired After Leaking Tears Of The Kingdom Switch OLED

Last month Nintendo announced a new Tears of the Kingdom themed Switch OLED, but that reveal leaked the day before. This was thanks to a GameStop employee named Mike who insisted on giving others a reminder if pre-orders were to go live. But in doing so, he himself was fired.

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As reported by Kotaku, it was fairly obvious that a GameStop employee leaked the Switch OLED news by posting a picture of a GameStop computer screen listing the stock database of the new model. It was already leaked in December 2022, but Mike speculated it would be announced during TotK streaming the next day.

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Mike said he was fired on April 11, two weeks after the broadcast. In an interview with Kotaku, he said that he doesn’t think it’s that big of a deal as most of his Reddit posts are speculative, but he was called into a back room for a meeting with a GameStop supervisor who appears via videoconference. He was then asked if he had made the post and was aware of any violations of company policy.

His keys were taken and he was later fired.

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During the meeting, Mike confessed to the leak and denied that it was against company policy. However, considering that most of his social media accounts are linked to his Reddit profile, it would have been easy to track down the person in charge even if he did not confess. “It wasn’t really something I was trying to cover,” Mike said. [his] because [he] I didn’t know it would be like this”

Now out of a job, he said in a follow-up Reddit post, “I hope all of you can pre-order the Switch because I can’t get mine right now.” He created a GoFundMe, but Mike declined and instead asked people to support him via Twitch.

Mike has a theory as to why he lost his job. He thinks Nintendo is to blame. He claims that the manager said “non-disclosure” that Nintendo demanded that he be fired, and that another employee said Kotaku was true. They said “he was a marvel” and one of the best performers in his area.

When Mike is fired over the phone, he seems to corroborate these other claims by claiming to have been told, “This is your favorite company, and now they hate you.” It’s unclear if Nintendo really demanded that he be fired from GameStop, as Nintendo has yet to issue a public statement.

TheGamer has reached out to Nintendo and GameStop but did not respond to requests for comment.

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