There is always one person who makes everything more difficult for us, and today, that man is Dan Allen, a Youtube who recently revealed himself as an anonymous leaker in the gaming industry, The Real Insider.
Real Insider is publishing inside information about a lot of projects over time, the latest being the contents of the upcoming Ubisoft Forward show at the time, but it turns out that it was possible because Allen was being given access to by the companies themselves, and then the ban was immediately breached by writing anonymously through his Real Insider account.
Allen revealed himself by responding to a follower from the wrong account, his own, who only directed Bloomberg’s Jason Schreyer down a rabbit hole only to find a whole bunch of shady times where Allen and The Real Insider posted similar information or opinions.
But there is no need to speculate. Dan Allen admitted he was The Real Insider, deleted this account and posted an apology:
(Update: Dan Allen has now deleted his Twitter account and resulting apology)
What happens from here is unclear, as there is a difference between breaking a ban that you generally agreed to, and breaking something more legally binding like a signed non-disclosure agreement, which it probably did at least in the case of Ubisoft Forward when it was shown all that information at the time early. It is entirely possible that now that he has revealed himself, legal action can be taken against him for flagrant breach of non-disclosure agreements for reasons…?
That’s the other question here, why did Allen do this in the first place. Real Insider didn’t seem to be making money from these leaks, and it seems like it was all just for the influence of the internet, being able to run a big “insider” account. Allen had 189,000 subscribers on YouTube (which I now expect to drop) which is how he was allowed to access a lot of that content in the first place, but influence can be a strangely strong motivator. The ruling is worse.
There are different levels of “leakage” in the gaming industry. Break the ban by accident and you may receive a warning. Split it multiple times or on purpose and it will be blacklisted. The far end is actual hacking and corporate theft, as we just saw from the GTA 6 leaks. But Dan Allen is somewhere in the middle, running an anonymous account sharing information that is prohibited and protected under a non-disclosure agreement. Blacklisting is inevitable, but it’s those agreements you might break that could cause him serious problems in an industry increasingly fed up with inside information leaks. We’ll see what happens next in this saga, no doubt this will cause some publishers to trust YouTubers in general a little less than here, unfairly punishing those who play by the rules.