Recently, the president of PR firm Ocean Distribution Paul Christoforo had an openly hostile exchange with a customer who asked why the shipment of an Avenger controller was delayed. The exchange made the rounds on various gaming sites, and Christoforo was fired by Avenger Controller maker N-Control, replaced by a marketing manager hired by the company.
“We apologize for our poor representation from Ocean Marketing,” David Kotkin, the owner and inventor of Avenger Controller. “We wanted to give Paul a chance. He was rough around the edges, but he had drive and enthusiasm. However his behavior was unprovoked, unnecessary, and unforgivable. We are no longer represented by Ocean Marketing.”
Brandon Leidel, CEO and Director of Operations for The Hand Media, represented the Avenger until orders came in such a quantity as to be overwhelming. “Then Paul came in and said ‘I know this guy at GameStop. I know this guy at Best Buy,” Leidel said. “They saw dollar signs and decided to start working with him. We decided to walk away from this because it was a nightmare dealing with their problems and this guy Paul.”
“He was representing the company in a way I wasn’t comfortable with, I brought this up a few times and said I cant have this guy representing the company and not have any control,” Leidel said, who noted he walked away from the contract because of it.
“At this point I’m just trying to point out that, what was said was someone who we hired, what he said should not reflect on the product itself,” said N-Control’s new marketing manager, Eli Schwartz. “So far the Amazon rating on the Avenger has gone from 4 and 1/2 to 1 star in around 8 hours. None of the reviews are true, they all just appeared today out of pure hate trolling.”
Christoforo is now apparently “out of business,” according to Schwartz.