It’s been a big week for video game leaks. Most pertinent on the front pages was the Rockstar hacker who leaked approximately 90 videos regarding Grand Theft Auto 6. On the other side, we had a new leaker by the name of TheRealInsider, who successfully managed to leak Ubisoft’s upcoming Assassin’s Creed games. Now, that game leaker has been caught to be YouTuber Dan Allen Gaming, who has since confessed to his actions.
Game leaker revealed
With these leaks becoming prominent, Blomberg’s Jason Schreier took it upon himself to look into it. The investigative journalist soon revealed that TheRealInsider’s identity lined up with that of Dan Allen Gaming. Having noticed a pattern of similar game information, tweeting about the same games at the same time, and alike writing styles, Schreier saw past the facade. Or, as he put it, “he broke the embargo himself.”
With Schreier’s investigative work, TheRealInsider panicked, deleting their account and vanishing from the web. It was safe to say the two people were likely one and the same. The most solid proof, though, came yesterday when Dan Allen Gaming posted “I’m sorry,” confessing that he was the leaker. He currently boasts 189k subscribers, but with the leaker reveal, who’s to say how long that number will stay?
Dan Allen Gaming makes an apology
Though the game leaker had proof for some of the leaks, he also notes many of them were educated guesses, such as the Metal Gear Solid Remake. “I’m ashamed of it. It was pathetic,” Dan Allen Gaming says in his apology video.
But why did he do it? “It’s clout, it’s the buzz,” he says. Getting so much attention for the news on Twitter made him want to keep doing it. “I’ve lost industry friends, I’ve lost relationships—personal, business-wise, opportunities—all for, you know, that five seconds of fame, and I take full responsibility.”
Amidst his apology, a Ubisoft representative also stepped forward with a statement. While they didn’t specifically name the leaker, they did make a general statement:
We regularly provide access and information on our games under NDA to trusted partners. When that trust is compromised, or information is leaked by an individual, it’s not only damaging and demoralizing to our teams, but it takes away from an exciting reveal moment and experience for our players. While we won’t speak on an individual case, we do take these matters seriously and will manage accordingly.
What are your thoughts on the leaker? Do you feel like his apology is honest, or did he just speak up because he got caught? Let us know in the comments below!