New World beta player snags the name AmazonOfficial, uses game’s chat to troll Amazon

    
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As anticipated as the game New World may be, we do have to bear in mind that Amazon, the company that’s funding Amazon Games’ development of the title, has been behind some pretty egregious labor practices for its rank-and-file warehouse workers (and let’s not forget that AGS has been up to some awful practices of its own). This brings us to the story of one player by the name of Lulu Chiba, who has taken it upon herself to use New World’s own global chat as a means to remind people about Amazon’s vile side.

When signing up for the game’s beta, Chiba realized that the character name AmazonOfficial wasn’t something that was caught by any text filters as well as a username that was openly available. Chiba leaped on the opportunity, securing the username on every server in the beta and using the name to drop a few truths in the game’s global chat, including a reminder that Amazon workers were forced to pee in bottles during shifts and that Alexa devices are constantly listening to their users.

When asked if she was worried that this behavior would result in a ban, Chiba appeared to be completely nonplussed. “I’m not worried about getting banned from a game,” she says. “I don’t plan to play more than a beta. So far, people have been on the joke and ask how to brew some more potions, which is easy: just pee in bottles like dozens of workers have to do at Amazon.”

source: Twitter via Kotaku
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Raleigh-St-Clair
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Raleigh-St-Clair

I can’t stand people like this, who can’t see the difference between AGS and Amazon. AGS is a small entity, not flush with money, and certainly not making people pee in bottles. Reminds me of a YouTuber I watched the other evening who kept having a go at New World saying, “You are a trillion dollar company, you can do better…” over and over. And the more he said it, the more stupid he looked, as AGS certainly isn’t a trillion dollar company. Why can’t people understand the businesses they comment on?!

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Adam Russell

Pee in the bottle may not be nice but its pretty standard for many drivers, not just Amazon. Good on you that you want to change the practice, but pointing the finger only at Amazon isnt exactly honest.

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Leo

When an issue is known about a specific entity, you should point it out. You should get on their case. Just because others may do it as well doesn’t mean you should just ignore call outs until you can call all out. The government

Just look at what is currently happening with Blizzard. Those problems do occur in other companies (and are occurring right now) but we are pointing the finger at them in this moment. We know what they did and it is not dishonest in any way.

Plus Blizzard is a big player so it is much more impact on others, similar to how Amazon is a big player.

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Bruno Brito

Which is also a problem. Truck drivers also tend to be overworked and drive sleepy because of quotas.

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Harbinger_Kyleran

Not sure if true everywhere but here in Florida Amazon drivers work for contract firms who set the delivery quotas and are more to blame for any issues in working conditions.

Amazon warehouses, different story.

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Jim Bergevin Jr

Oh come on, we all know the bottle thing was simply a way to show solidarity with Besos during his astronaut training.

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Stefan

It is a damn shame that how unions evolved in the United States is so vastly different from the path they took in the EU, not saying there aren’t any worker issues here but it is still from a different order.

I also can appreciate the effort used here to make people aware of what Amazon does.

These big tech giants and their reach is worrying.

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Meanie

I’m not sure that a lack of empathy for others is something to be so proud about. Good for you that your circumstances allow you to be indifferent to the difficulties others face involuntarily, but it doesn’t make those issues less important. Employment is not voluntary for most people, and some people cannot find better paying work than amazon. That doesn’t mean that amazon should get away with awful working conditions either

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Harry Koala

It’s worth pointing out (for the confused) that I think this was written as a response to another, now-deleted, comment, rather than in response to the article.

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Meanie

Oh yeah it was, sorry. Guess it’s gone now.

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Thanks, I was utterly confused.

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Bryan Correll

forced to pee in bottles during shifts

Pffft. Gamers have been doing that voluntarily ever since raiding became a thing….

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Jim Bergevin Jr

And don’t forget about the socks. You need to have the socks.