YouTuber confesses to being a game industry whistleblower, gets caught

YouTuber confesses to being a game industry whistleblower, gets caught

One image shows Dan Allen Gaming standing in front of several Assassin's Creed protagonists.

Picture: Ubisoft / Dan Allen Gaming / Kotaku

It turns out that a Twitter account called TheRealInsider, the latest in a slew of leakers posing as gaming industry insiders, was actually run by YouTuber Dan Allen Gaming. The account had convinced many in the scene that it was the real deal after teasing exactly which new assassin’s creed Games will be was revealed at Ubisoft’s 2022 gaming presentation. But now it seems that Allen is simply escaping the embargo, privileged information received as an influencer. “I’m sorry to everyone for my actions,” he tweeted before deleting both accounts.

Allen has 189,000 subscribers on his YouTube channel, where he posts guides, interviews with voice actors, and replays of everything from Multiverse to Elden Ring. No one suspected him of secretly leaking industry marketing materials he received under embargo until he accidentally responded to someone who asked TheRealInsider a question on Twitter as the main one Dan Allen Gaming account. Then, BloombergJason Schreier researched past tweets from both accounts and found many overlaps.

“If this is legit – and looking through both accounts, they certainly seem to be tweeting about the same games around the same time – that would explain how this”true insider’ knew NEEDLE codename,” Schreier wrote in a Discord comment. “He broke the embargo himself.”

But people didn’t have to speculate for long. Allen acknowledged this shortly after and posted an apology. “I am sorry to everyone for my actions,” it said. “I am ashamed and disappointed in myself. I will take some time to reflect on my bad decisions that will never come up again. To everyone who has supported me over the years, I really do [sic] sorry to disappoint you.”

There is a difference between when a journalist discovers information that they believe is of public interest and presents it to the world, and when a person accepts an embargo or NDA and a company shares information on the assumption that the details will not be revealed until a specified date and time.

TheRealInsider’s biggest claim to fame was the Ubisoft leakteasing Japan’s open world RPG called Project Red and a few others assassin’s creed games four days before the official presentation and before they are reported by TryHardGuides and later that day Bloomberg. Like Axios’ Stephen Totilo highlights, it was the same day that Ubisoft briefed the press about the showcase (my box did not participate). More often, though, the account teased things to come, like hands-on previews, as in the case of Square Enix The prophesied one. This track record recently turned TheRealInsider into one of the programs Game leaks and rumors subreddita popular venue for fans to speculate about upcoming releases based on industry reports and, more commonly, random tweets.

Allen’s exit comes within a week of the massive Grand Theft Auto VI leak and a Nintendo Direct where many rumored games once again failed to materialize. It has spurred a renewed debate about the value and ethics of leaking gambling industry secrets, which can run the gamut from where the next Fall out will be held to determine if a studio mistreated its employees. Many people are sick of rumors, and developers and marketers are understandably not fans of seeing their work discussed online outside of their control, especially when it revolves around incomplete or inaccurate information. Does this mean it will end soon? Consider me doubtful.

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Coincidentally, the first outlet to break the news about TheRealInsider was a new publication by industry insider Tom Henderson called, what else, Indoor games. While some were critical of the name, which is even referenced on the page where sources are encouraged to “become an insider” by contacting, the site crashed shortly after it launched yesterday when too many people tried to visit it at once. He answered an apparent fan“Damn the criticism, see you on the inside.”

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