Epic Games Employee Exposed for Leaking Fortnite Updates, Disabling Creator Codes and More
A YouTube channel called 'Epic Corruption' has exposed a Russian Epic Games employee for allegedly leaking Fortnite updates, disabling Creator Codes, selling exclusive cosmetics, revealing creator payments and more.
The video claims that Epic Games Employee Alexey Gromsky, known online as Loud Noise, has been sharing information on upcoming Fortnite updates with a number of the top Russian content creators since he started working on the game in 2018. The video itself shows a screenshot of the Fortnite version 18.00 download screen a month before its official release, the Mike Lowrey Outfit three weeks before it was announced and gameplay of Chapter 3 Season 2 before its launch. All of this leaked information and more was allegedly sent to the Russian content creators group by Gromsky himself.
The video, which is no longer available due to a copyright strike by Epic Games, also claims that any creators who shared "criticism towards the game's update or about Alexey's work" would become "target number one", meaning their Support-a-Creator codes would be disabled. Gromsky would allegedly disable Creator Codes just one day before the next payout was due to "troll the creators".
According to the video, Gromsky often asked the Russian content creators (who he shared information with) for money: "I help you, stand for you and keep your tags from getting removed. Share with you the leaks, so I would not mind some financial aid". This money was apparently used for a vacation which Gromsky went on with the Russian content creators.
In summer 2021, Streamlabs hosted an event where they sent redeemable codes to Fortnite content creators so they could be given away to viewers. Once Gromsky learnt about this, he reportedly told his Russian creator friends to give him the codes so he could sell them on the black market. Two years earlier, in November 2019, the employee allegedly used Epic's own tools to generate codes for the Merry Mint Pickaxe so that they could be sold for full profit.
In October last year, Gromsky's working contract with Epic Games was extended and, according to the video, he began to "actively push his friends [the Russian content creators] to start making maps in Creative mode". Following this, Gromsky then leaked the payouts of the top Creative map makers for January 2022 in an attempt to motivate his friends. Using his Epic Games developer tools, he was then able to push his friend's maps to the front page of Discovery in-game, which is seen by millions of players daily. The maps of Gromsky's friends were also promoted on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter through posts from the official Fortnite accounts. The employee also allegedly used his developer tools to copy entire islands from successful map creators for his friends to duplicate. The video claims that one of the Russian content creators uses three different Epic Games accounts (all of which have their own Creator Code) to publish different maps. Gromsky then promotes these maps using Fortnite's official socials, avoiding any suspicion thanks to the different names used on each account and generating Support-a-Creator money in the process.
Due to the sensitive information included in the YouTube video by Epic Corruption, we cannot share it here.
Epic Games has released the following statement, confirming the launch of an investigation into the claims:
"We have blocked this contractor’s access to Epic’s systems while we actively investigate these claims. The video was taken down because of the sensitive personal information included about creators in the Fortnite community."
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