This was a done deal after launch week and good riddance. It's a cruel thing to say, but I'm glad he got fired.
I actually enjoy a lot of the game now and it looks like 1.07 will finally be the game I was hoping for. I think the game can be salvaged and will keep dropping in until it does.
1) we kept getting teased with the game for over a year. Expected launch dates kept sliding. The faithful disregarded any whining in the community because we knew that it would be better to wait than to get an imperfect product...
2) And then... Error 37! Really? Really? Going to launch an always-online game and not provide enough server space? Really? I actually didn't try to log on at midnight so I missed out on this madness. Instead, I slept in, got up leisurely, met up with people and we starting hacking our way through Sanctuary. For about an hour. Then, "Down for Maintenance". For 4 Hours. On Launch Day. Then maintenance downtimes all week. Really Game Director, you didn't think it would be better to do this BEFORE LAUNCH?
And for the trolls and fanboys, don't try to claim "they couldn't predict...". The whole point of having a Game Director is to have one person who ensures success. The whole point of management, directors, leads, etc., is that somebody is thinking through every possible thing that can go wrong.
And I won't even go into the fact that the game was missing so many features at launch that were promised to players (Remember "Individual Quests for Each Class"? How about PvP?)
And for all the sympathizers out there, think about it this way: If a US Navy ship runs aground, the ship's Captain will get relieved of duty, even if it was due to negligance of the Officer of the Deck while he was himself asleep at 3am. Why? Because the man at the top is responsible for everything under his charge and must anticipate and plan around challenges - that's why he's the Captain.
It's the Game Director's JOB to think through everything that could possibly go wrong and set up contingency plans. It's his JOB to set standards and enforce them. It's his JOB to deliver everything he promised to deliver.
It's possible that Jay's a good person, but failing to do your job should get you fired.
He wasn't fired, he's just relocating......