Smed nukes his own Twitter account

    
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The Smed Twitter spigot is no longer dispensing tweets.

Daybreak President John Smedley is famous for his stready stream of Twitter dialogue with MMO gamers, particularly H1Z1 players, who may have been the last recipients of his tweets yesterday. Now his account has been completely deleted.

“I walked away from Twitter of my own choice,” he told Reddit. “I really love making games. It makes me happy. I saw Twitter as a great way to talk 1-1 with players which I love doing. I’m simply not going to let this make me lose focus….but I am going to walk away from Twitter and not miss it for a second. Life’s too short to let things distract me from what I really like doing. I will miss the interaction with our players though. A great deal.”

Smedley dominated MMO blog headlines this past week after a Lizard Squad e-thug was sentenced for thousands of hacking crimes in Finland. Following Smed’s colorful discussions on Twitter and Reddit revolving around the ongoing harassment he’s suffering from Lizard Squad, Daybreak itself spent the end of last week fending off DDoS attacks for which the internet crime club claimed credit. “Lizard Squad has ramped up its assault on the company,” we wrote on Sunday, “using Twitter to threaten and doxx other Daybreak employees and offer a horrifying $5000 reward for the desecration of Smed’s father’s tombstone.”

A spokesperson for Daybreak told Massively OP that it’s company policy not to discuss the personal matters of employees.

Get caught up on the original story from last week:

With thanks to Tandor for the original tip.
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SirMysk
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SirMysk

Elven_Seraph It has its uses as a streamer or as an otherwise public figure / service. It’s a quick information source. Websites could be used the same way, but twitter simplifies following the information. For anything else though I agree.

eLdritchMD
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eLdritchMD

Elven_Seraph delicious hyperbole :P

It’s pretty great for letting your customers know that your servers just crashed

FlyinDutchman
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FlyinDutchman

spellotape Ekphrasis

I’m not sure about that. That’s a bit like wandering around a bad part of the city at 2:00 am. Yes, if and when you get mugged it’s bad, and the people who did it are obviously the one’s to blame and should be punished. 

However, saying that your actions had nothing to do with the incident is naive.

phillbatchelor
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phillbatchelor

Yay! Guy was annoying anyways.

Elven_Seraph
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Elven_Seraph

I have always thought Twitter to be one of the more stupid things invented of late.  People should learn that nothing good ever comes from its use, but many downfalls can be attributed to it.

spellotape
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spellotape

Ekphrasis You’re basically blaming Smedley for the actions of other people; there is no but-he-made-them here. The perpetrators don’t get a well-they-are-trolls-what-did-you-expect? pass. It is their fault and all of the blame belongs to them and no one else. They don’t *have* to hack – they choose to. If they get called out on doing something threatening/criminal, boo-fucking-hoo.

Ekphrasis
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Ekphrasis

Everyone has a right to free speech without fear of harassment (unless they’re being absolutely obscene) but I think Smedley LIKED to stir the pot for the reaction and PR buzz his antics would generate.
Unfortunately, his antagonistic behaviour only resulted in these kids escalating their efforts and ultimately impacted customers.
I’m 100% against all forms of bullying or harassment bit Smedley kept poking them back and giving them the attention and reaction they were craving. Ignore the trolls completely and they’ll go away.
At any rate, I hope Daybreak’s customers can get back to enjoying uninterrupted gaming.

rogerstim37
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rogerstim37

Gnomeland Security Damonvile Morningrise Well said .

Leilonii
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Leilonii

Good for you Smed. I have never been a fan of social media myself for a variety of reasons. I think even without this other stuff going on, it’s best to focus on yourself and your work.

MewmewGirl
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MewmewGirl

paragonlostinspace But he *likes* Twitter.  He has no problem with Twitter itself.  It’s that he says things on Twitter that keep getting both him and his company (all their games and servers) attacked by hackers and DDoS attacks.  He didn’t walk away from it because it’s a cesspool or waste of time, indeed he loved Twitter itself.   He just says things on Twitter that are costing him and his company and all their players.  So he’s going to pretend he’s going away by his own decision.