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 contributor Alexey Gromsky, known online as Loud Noise, has shared information about upcoming Fortnite updates with some 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 Chapter 3 Season 2 gameplay before launch. All this leaked information and more is said to have been sent to the Russian group of content creators by Gromsky himself.
Fortnite version 18.00 download screen (left) and the leaked Mike Lowrey Outfit [Images via Epic Corruption on YouTube]Playtest image of Fortnite Chapter 3 Season 2 [Image via Epic Corruption on YouTube]
The video, which is no longer available due to a copyright complaint by Epic Games, also claims that any creators who “criticized the game’s update or Alexey’s work” would become “target number one,” meaning their support -a-Creator codes would be disabled. Gromsky would reportedly disable Creator codes a day before the next payout to “troll the creators”.
Image via Epic Corruption on YouTube
According to the video, Gromsky often asked Russian content creators (with whom he shared information) for money: “I help you, stand in front of you and make sure your tags are not removed. Share the leaks with you, so I wouldn’t feel sorry for some financial help”. This money was apparently used for a vacation that Gromsky went on with the Russian content creators.
In the summer of 2021, Streamlabs hosted an event where they sent redeemable codes to Fortnite content creators so they could be given away to viewers. Upon hearing this, Gromsky 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 proprietary tools to generate codes for the Merry Mint Pickaxe so that it could be sold for a full profit.
Image via Epic Corruption on YouTube
Last October, Gromsky’s work contract with Epic Games was extended and, according to the video, he began to “actively push his friends [the Russian content creators] to create cards in creative mode”. After this, Gromsky leaked the top creative cardmakers’ payouts for January 2022 in an effort to motivate his friends. Using his Epic Games developer tools, he was able to push his friend’s cards to the front page of Discovery in-game, which is viewed by millions of players daily. Gromsky’s friends’ maps were also promoted on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter via posts from the official Fortnite accounts. The employee is also said to have used his developer tools to copy entire islands of successful map makers so his friends can duplicate them. 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 on Fortnite’s official socials , avoid any suspicion thanks to the different names that appear on each account and using and generating Support-a-Creator money in the process.
Image via Epic Corruption on YouTubeImage via Epic Corruption on YouTube
Due to the sensitive information contained in the Epic Corruption YouTube video, we are unable to share it here.
Epic Games 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 has been removed due to sensitive personal information about creators in the Fortnite community.”
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