Redmond, WA – As Bill Gates prepares to leave all the day-to-day decisions of Microsoft in the hands of Steve Ballmer once and for all, employees are coming forward with tales of Gates’ long time dream of starting a fight club on the Redmond campus. It seems late night coding antics and hazing the temps were not enough diversion for Gates.
“Gates was always looking to start something,” says one Microsoft executive who asked to remain anonymous. “Then that movie came out and really encouraged him to move forward on the project.” One software developer described Gates failed recruiting efforts: “Most guys were simply unwilling to hit a geek in glasses.”
According to many former and current employees, Microsoft is an extremely stressful environment despite its efforts to create a homelike working atmosphere. Workplace cohesion expert, Patty Summerville says Ballmer and Gates’ relationship may have benefited from the offbeat plan. “Because sometimes you just need to hit someone.”