YouTuber confesses to being leaker of gaming industry, caught

An image shows Dan Allen Gaming sitting in front of several Assassin's Creed heroes.

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It turned out a Twitter account called TheRealInsider, which was the latest in a crop of leaks posing as gaming industry insiders, was actually run by YouTuber Dan Allen Gaming. The account convinced many in the scene that it was the real deal after being teased accurately. new Assassins Creed Play Will happen Revealed at Ubisoft’s 2022 Gaming Showcase, But now it appears that Allen was merely leaking restricted, privileged information posing as an influential person. Before deleting both accounts, he wrote on Twitter, “I’m sorry everyone for my actions.”

Allen has 189,000 subscribers on his YouTube channel, where he posts guides, interviews with voice actors, and playthroughs of everything. multiversus To elden ring, No one was suspected of secretly leaking industry marketing material he received under the ban, until he accidentally posted someone on Twitter posing as his main Dan Allen gaming account to a question from TheRealInsider Gave. anymore, bloombergK Jason Schreier sifted through past tweets from both accounts and discovered a lot of overlap.

“If it’s legit – and judging by both accounts, they certainly seem to be tweeting about the same game at the same time – that would explain how this ‘real insider’ knew AC Codename,” Schreier wrote in a Discord comment. “He himself broke the ban.”

But people did not need to speculate for long. Allen acknowledged this shortly after and posted an apology. “I am sorry to everyone for my actions,” it read. “I am ashamed and disappointed in myself. I will take some time to reflect on my bad decisions that will never happen again. To all who have supported me over the years, I truly am [sic] Sorry I let you down.”

There’s a difference between when a journalist uncovers information they consider to be of public interest and presents it to the world, and when a person agrees to an embargo or an NDA, and a company shares information under the assumption that the details won’t be disclosed until a specified date and time.

TheRealInsider’s biggest claim to fame Ubisoft was leakedTeasing a Japan open world RPG called Project Red, and many more Assassins Creed Four days before the game’s official showcase, and before they reported trihardguides And, later that day, bloomberg, Stephen Totilo of Axios tells, The same day Ubisoft briefed the press on the showcase ,my box not attended). More often, however, the account has teased upcoming things, such as practical previews, as in square enix case forecast, This track record has recently turned TheRealInsider into one of TheRealInsider’s fixtures Gaming leaks and rumors subredditA popular watering hole for fans to speculate about upcoming releases based on industry reports and, usually, random tweets.

Allen’s outing comes within a week of the mass Grand Theft Auto VI Leaks and a Nintendo Direct where several rumored games once again failed to materialize. This has sparked a renewed debate about the value and ethics of leaking gaming industry secrets, which could run the gamut from the next. Conflict It will be ascertained if any studio is misbehaving with its employees. Many people are sick of spreading rumours, and developers and marketing experts are not fans of seeing their work in discussions online outside of their control, especially when it revolves around incomplete information or misinformation. Does this mean it will end soon? consider me suspicious

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Coincidentally, the first outlet to break the news about TheRealInsider was a new publication from industry insider Tom Henderson called, what else, insider gaming, while some were critique of name, which is also applied to a page where sources are encouraged to “be insiders”, after its launch yesterday the site immediately broke down when too many people tried to view it at once. reacted a clear fan“Fuck the criticism, see you inside.”

Update: 9/20/22 at 10:00 p.m. ET: Allen hasn’t returned to Twitter, but has posted a Five minute apology video on his YouTube channel, In it, he deeply apologizes to fans, co-workers, and others, and explains that some of the alleged leaks were nothing more than educated guesses or were completely made up.

“I mentioned Silent Hill And metal gear solid remake And I can say there was no NDA because it’s all bullshit, it’s all lies,” says Allen. He also mentioned that God of War Ragnarok Before the most recent Sony State of Play, which later proved to be trueKratos was based entirely on voice actor Christopher Judge, who retweeted the stream link prior to the showcase.

“I’ve lost friends from the industry, I’ve lost relationships—personal, business-wise, opportunities—you all know that five seconds of fame and I take full responsibility,” Allen says. “All the hate I’ve found on Twitter is fine, but I had to delete it because I’ve never experienced the bonds of hate before, and totally fair—but I just had to walk away from it because I I’m fair, you know, it’s not nice to see mentally all those things about you put out there and I haven’t experienced that before.”

UPDATE: 9/21/22 3:03 PM ET: a spokesperson For Ubisoft declined to comment specifically on its relationship with Allen, but provided the following statement more generally:

We regularly provide trusted partners with access and information on our games under the NDA. When that trust is compromised, or information is leaked by someone, it is not only damaging and demoralizing for our teams, but it takes away from an exciting unfolding moment and experience for our players. goes. Though we will not talk on any one matter, but we take these matters seriously and will manage accordingly.

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