Microsoft Didn’t Send Employees To Best Buy’s Wii U Event

The internet has been buzzing with rumors that Microsoft sent employees to Best Buy stores to disrupt Nintendo’s Wii U promotional tour. The problem with this story is that it isn’t true. “But there’s a video of a Microsoft employee talking to people waiting in line at a Best Buy, I saw it online!”
A typical day for the guy in the video below is trying to explain to someone why they should buy a Surface Pro instead of a cheaper iPad or Android tablet. A tough sell indeed.

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KrisButtar1801d ago (Edited 1801d ago )

I'm not convinced. I also didn't here them mention a Surface Pro, ipad or Android tablet in the video. What I heard was Spy Box and Xbox in the video.

Edit: quote from video "as neat as it looks, I don't want the spy box in my house"

KrisButtar1801d ago (Edited 1801d ago )

To clear up my statement a bit. If this vid came out around Xmas when the WiiU was launched I would have called BS but with the choices Mircosoft have been doing lately, I wouldn't have put this pass them.

Which is why I'm not convinced.

Belking1801d ago

Only people believe stuff like that are fanboys. It wasn't even worth reporting anyway.

guitarded771801d ago (Edited 1801d ago )

@ Belking

BS... I believe it because they did it when the PS3 launched.

Death1801d ago


Wouldn't it be better to go to a BestBuy and see the Microsoft reps talking to tablet buyers than to simply choose not to believe the rumors? While you are there don't be surprised if you are jumped by the DirectTV reps walking around.

Spybox? Way to be afraid of technology. My tv already has these features built in. So does a Vita, 3DS, smartphone, and laptop. Kinect has been around for years. Amazing this wasn't an issue until a week ago.

KrisButtar1801d ago (Edited 1801d ago )

1st there are no Mircosoft employees in either of the 2 BestBuys in my province(NS) as I shop the regularly, there are no other reps there either TBH just the BestBuy employees. Outta of the 15 years I have shopped there, I would have noticed if "reps" all of a sudden showed up from any company.

I used "SpyBox" because that was the term used in the video, and its use would refers to them talking about Xbox One(Kinect) and not a tablet like the article refers to.

Edit: I really could care less about the Kinect tech watching me or not

Death1801d ago

It's not uncommon stateside to have reps from DirectTV, Microsoft, or any other company walking around "assisting" customers. Sometimes they are informative, other times *cough* DirectTV, they are a pain in the ass.

dumahim1801d ago

This is a new strategy by Best Buy to try and get more customers coming by having these partnerships with companies like Samsung and Microsoft setting up stations in Best Buy stores since these employees will be more knowledgeable than BB employees would be. I think this started earlier this year and probably hasn't rolled out to all locations yet. Not sure if they even will be in every store. So even if you don't see it in your locations, doesn't mean they don't exist.

With that said, it's a matter of semantics. Ok, so Microsoft didn't send people to the Wii-U event. A Microsoft employee wandered away from his duties into an event for a competitor trying to "inform" people of his own product. I don't think that's any better, and he never should have left his own area.

Fishy Fingers1801d ago (Edited 1801d ago )

Your telling me that one of the sensationalist rumours posted on a smaller website and almost immediately submitted to N4G could of been falsified?

Next you'll be telling me it's more about hits than journalistic integrity.

What's the world coming to when you can't believe everything you read...

Cherchez La Ghost1801d ago

It doesn't even matter at this point. MS is the Anti-Christ of the gaming industry now. Man, I would hate to work for them now. Absorbing all the negativity everywhere you go.

Death1801d ago

The irony is all this hate is based on rumors like this. Gamers can be like spoiled children that throw tantrums when they don't get their way. It's easier to grab a pitchfork and join the mob then it is to question why anyone picked up a bitchfork in the first place.

The same people complained when Microsoft made the Xbox broadband only. I remember them saying the Xbox would fail since dial up gamers were being left out. Same complaints on HDD's and paid online gaming services. Today they complain that you can rip your games to your console's HDD. We can now play any game in our library remotely, share with 10 friends and play without having a disc in the tray. All horrible things introduced by the vile company Microsoft.

Let's be honest, the negativity is based on ignorance and perceived "rights" that none of the kids complaining can take 10 seconds of their life to actually know. Our "rights" are clearly defined in the User Agreement in the user manual nobody reads. XboxOne discs are more liberal than digital downloads that adhere to the User Agreement.

Ace Killa 081801d ago

The thing is people are stuck with traditional right. And as the saying goes "people are scared of changes". One company takes leaps other takes baby steps. The user in the end goes where they feel more comfortable, but a lot of people reject and also spite the changes they don't like.

NihonjinChick1801d ago

Most of the hate is based on things Microsoft themselves have confirmed or said themselves.

Like what Don M said in that interview with Geoff.

cleft51801d ago (Edited 1801d ago )

Sure they didn't, the same way Microsoft didn't have a scripted rape joke doing the Killer Instinct demo. Oh and for those of you not aware, it was reported by people there that this joke was in fact scripted and read off a teleprompter and later on Microsoft denied it and said it was just banter between employees.

Oh and a site called Xbox One Daily is hardly objective.

Ace Killa 081801d ago

How does that relate to this article ? Of course they are going to have scripts. They are trying to make it rated PG at the same time like a real world scenario. But of course if it was real time, there would be some T bagging and other things like it. But lying of a script is that big of a deal to you ?

Hadoukameha1801d ago

Get over that "rape" joke. Now. This is the real world, kid. Men curse and joke about terrible shit, just grow up, deal with it.

TOSgamer1801d ago

A scripted event held by a publicly traded company is what you consider the real world? You should grow up kid.

kB01801d ago (Edited 1801d ago )

The money they paid to disrupt the event could've been used to fix the Xbox One...Then again that might be a saving grace...if they had a little more budget we prob would've seen a Sega CD expansion on it...

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