It''s an understatement to say that this weekend has been a pretty big event for video game leaks. Mostly driven by the enormous story of a hacker breaking into Rockstar games systems and illegally revealing vast amounts of the next Grand Theft Auto game but another story quietly unfolded, one of the recent rising stars of the leaker community. It''s also a story that, Id argue, demonstrates how silly this whole affair is.
If you don''t follow Games Twitter with a laser focus (and who can blame you), here''s what happened. A new Twitter account was launched called TheRealInsider, and it started revealing things about upcoming gaming announcements and marketing beats. People quickly started paying attention because it got everything right. Its initial big break was revealing information about Ubisoft''s huge range of Assassins Creed games and then more information about other games followed. It gained a huge following in a very
TheRealInsider made a rookie error as part of the Assassins Creed revelation. When one high-profile media member of the media said he wasn''t sure their claims were true, they became smug. There was a bit of mockery, some boasting. When the announcement came, some I informed you so.
That person, anyway, decided to dig into insiders'' backgrounds. Unluckily for the insider, Jason Schreier was one of the most well-known investigative journalists in the industry. His investigative focus sounded on the leaker, and the house of cards came to a stop.
TheRealInsider has filed a claim, and it''s fair to assume that Jason was dead-on given the person identified has apologized. However, Schreier made a suggestion in a Discord, claiming that when information was discovered about games, when it was presented, and that an unforensic analysis of several writing critics suggested.
Is Allen an insider? Well, your definition applies. Schreiers'' mini-investigation revealed that TheRealInsider was mostly sharing information in advance so that we may gather it up, prepare it, and then deliver all of the information to you all, our readers at an agreed-upon time.
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TheRealInsiders post follows a very short period of time as a gaming media including VG247 received a briefing from Ubisoft. We know from Allen''s YouTube channel that he was also involved in this briefing, and what''s been alleged was that Allen took the information previously obtained by Ubisoft, and broke the non-disclosure agreement with that company in order to share it via an anonymous Insider account. Schreier also mentioned tweets about Saints Row shortly
After that the floodgates were opened. People posted screenshots of other things, such as Allen requesting to do code share swaps of pre-release games, which is also explicitly prohibited in most review agreements. Allen initially denied Schreiers allegations, dismissing them as false statements, but later posted a classic screenshot-of-notes apology to Twitter.
For Allen, this is a pretty dangerous time. I think he might end up being more than a little publicly humiliating owing to the agreements that some NDAs trust-based handshake agreements, but others are legally-binding papers. He may have a difficult week ahead. But I''m less interested in this one guy than I am aware of the leaker world at large.
TheRealInsider''s case isn''t that shocking to me, as there are some so-called insiders I know of that almost entirely eliminate pre-briefed information from other outlets. Several have similar methods, such as peeking into certain content hub back-ends to see the titles of trailers that will be in a State of Play in advance. Regardless, the reasoning is the same, and it is not about authority to the public. It''s just about clout.
If we all agree that this kind of stuff is demon and immature, then this Veruca Salt-style impatience for announcements and revelations has assist nobody. When we were just days away from a proper reveal, what the significance of the codenames and settings of the next few Assassins Creed games, which we had, for sure, was valid. It''s silly.
Some will go to the comments to suggest that retaliating on publisher requests is unjustifiable, or that youre in bed with them. I agree that I do think publishers are generally too biased about what they are doing, but I also think that the publisher has the right to reveal its games in its own time, in its own sense. I would rather use bigger issues than developer crunch or culture difficulties, such as canceled games or unused prototypes. Im not interested in revealing something a little early.
De plus, embargos often exist to assist the media, giving us the freedom to produce good quality content so that you can learn more about a new announcement in depth rather than in a poorly-written, 280-character tweet that might not even get everything right.
Im all for exposing hidden information that deserves to be exposed. Theresn''t enough proper, important journalism in gaming, and weve got studios stacked up with issues related to pay, discrimination, stress, and stress. The games media isn''t innocent, either, and has plenty that needs to be addressed and discussed. Leaks can be empowering if they reveal something that would''ve never been disclosed otherwise.
Whether you are a little less abrasive or an early-case scenario, then it''s all about getting there first and foremost, just about instant happiness. There are even good solo Twitter news accounts, which keep track of good things, like Nibellion - but for each one, there are ten wannabe gaming Snowdens spouting incredibly.
So many of these insiders are just people breaking embargoes, according to a former VG247 deputy editor and traitor. One day, a CoD press release was under embargo, and five minutes later, someone was writing about it as a scoop. It''s a Twitter clout business founded around people who have a regular contributor to journalism, and is often a story about something else, not just ''this thing exists,'' which serves no one imo.
This can lead to sloppiness even better, but good journalists are certain that a tweet from a personal account is just casual, therefore they are not in need of the same source and information vetting youd do going to print in your publication, according to the truth. These projects might be where theres smoke, theres fire, but its the desire to be the first person to say that everything is being put out there and presented as imminent when they are discovered.
I get it. When I was young, I became involved in this stuff when I was in desperate search of an audience for the then-fledgling RPG Site. However, I quickly realized how little it all meant, and how much damage it could cause to developers, and I stopped. This is because since the days, the speed and volume of modern social media have only made things worse and it all just silly.
The Rockstar hack is a kind of terrible tossing out stuff that was previously believed in advance just for it, but it is a different kind of thing.
I think it''s brutally stupid. However, I think that even half of these insider reporters put this effort instead of reporting on issues, they might collectively be able to make significant modifications to complex problems and challenges. It''s just sad to see that short exposure of somewhat early information is prioritized.