YouTuber John Allen, who inadvertently revealed himself to be behind the video game industry’s “Insider” Twitter account, released an apology video in which he admits he was driven by “influence” and “hype”.
Allen gained brief internet fame by leaking details of various Ubisoft ads in Assassin’s Creed – details that Ubisoft itself provided to prepare the content during the ban.
But his identity as “TheRealInsider” was revealed over the weekend, when Allen responded to a tweet from a fan from his main account instead. Allen then quickly deleted the tweet, and the internal account, after which he issued a short statement on Twitter saying sorry.
Today’s longer apology, via a video on Allen’s main YouTube channel, delves into more detail. Here, he notes that other rumors he spread were simply fabricated – including hints at the upcoming Silent Hill and a Metal Gear Solid remake that wrongly got fans excited.
Silent Hill reported [a] Metal Gear Solid remake, and I can say there were no NDAs [Non-Disclosure Agreements] Got stuck there because it’s all nonsense.
“It’s all lies, nonsense comments,” he continued. Half the posts were educated guesses.
About why he leaked details – even after signing agreements with companies like Ubisoft to hear the information ahead of time – Allen admitted that he did everything for the “fuss” of interest.
“I’m ashamed of it,” Allen continued. “It was just pathetic and dishonest. Many of you are angry and say, ‘Well, why the hell did you do that?’ And to be honest – it’s influence, it’s buzz, it’s addicted to thrilling the thousands who are waiting for what you have to say.
“You gave me the accessibility, nearly 200,000 subscribers, and the flexibility of content that was taken for granted to this damned interface, and I’m ashamed and disgusted. It’s been sinking in my stomach ever since. I don’t make excuses, because it’s my fault and it’s my fault nothing but mine.” Because of that, I’ve lost industry friends, lost relationships—personal, job opportunities, all for five seconds of fame. And I take full responsibility.”
So, what’s next for Allen? The YouTuber concludes by saying that he will stay out of the limelight for now – before returning to focus on being a “positive force”.
“All I can do from here is try to be a better human being trying to learn from this disastrous mistake, this incomprehensible stupidity… I’m going to take some time now, I’m just going to walk away from him and just try to learn from his mistake and hope you come back as a positive force and not negative.
“Again, I probably won’t come back to Twitter because I’m unwelcome, and I shouldn’t follow what I did. Maybe I will but at the end of the day, I’m just sorry, and I can’t reverse time, but what I can do is try to be a better man moving forward. .and I promise that this will not happen again. I will learn from these mistakes.”
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