Bill Gates’ highest form of praise for employees “was to brutally insult them,” the former Microsoft executive claims
- The former Microsoft executive has claimed that Bill Gates would “brutally abuse” employees
- Scot Bayless revealed how Gates swore in response to details from Flight Simulator
A former Microsoft executive has claimed that Bill Gates praised employees in a “brutal insult”.
Scot Bayless, a former studio executive who led the team producing Flight Simulator 2000, said Gates berated employees when he reacted in disbelief at the game’s level of detail.
After Flight Simulator 2000 reached a technical milestone by successfully mapping the entire planet in one-kilometer blocks, Bayless says the 67-year-old Microsoft founder was amazed by an early demo.
Bayless recalls that after explaining to Gates that the software covered every airport on the planet, he responded by saying, “You’re full of shit.” “That’s the stupidest thing I’ve ever heard,” he says he IEEE Spectrum.
He added, “That was Gates’ highest form of praise.” As Microsoft lore goes, “If Bill says that to you, you’re made.”
Scot Bayless, a former studio executive who led the team producing Flight Simulator 2000, said Gates berated employees when he reacted in disbelief at the game’s level of detail. Pictured: Bill Gates delivers a speech at the Malaria Summit at 8 Northumberland Avenue on April 18, 2018
Flight Simulator’s level of detail actually made it a hit with gamers as it entered the top bestseller charts.
The team responsible for the game has since been renamed Aces Game Studio and has created spin-offs for Microsoft such as Microsoft Combat Flight Simulator and MicrosoftSpace Simulator.
There was even talk of a universal platform for universal simulations on a world scale, which eventually gave rise to Microsoft’s Enterprise Simulation Platform.
ESP only existed for a few years, but was licensed by Lockheed Martin for its Prepar3D simulation platform.
The company’s latest flight simulator game, Microsoft Flight Simulator 2024, is scheduled to release next year and will be available for Windows and Xbox Series X/S.
Bayless’ claims come as Gates has been betting on Bud Light’s comeback after the tech mogul bought 1.7 million worth of shares from the disgraced brand’s parent company.
Gates acquired Bud Light shares in the second quarter of this year through his Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Trust.
The shares have a market value of around $95 million, TipRanks reports.
His investment comes as Anheuser-Busch Companies is still reeling from the fallout from its April 1 partnership with trans influencer Dylan Mulvaney, after videos and images she posted sparked nationwide boycotts of Bud Light in the US .