A YouTube channel called “Epic Corruption” has exposed a Russian Epic Games employee for allegedly leaking Fortnite updates, deactivating 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 about upcoming Fortnite updates with a number of top Russian content creators since he started. 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 its announcement, and the Chapter 3 Season 2 gameplay before launch. All of this leaked information and more was allegedly sent to the group of Russian content creators by Gromsky himself.
The video, which is no longer available due to a copyright strike from Epic Games, also claims that any creator who shares “criticism towards the game update or the Alexey’s work” would become “the number one target”, i.e. their Support-a-Creator. the codes would be disabled. Gromsky reportedly disabled creator codes just a day before the next payment was due to “troll creators.”
According to the video, Gromsky often demanded money from Russian content creators (with whom he shared information): “I help you, defend you and prevent your tags from being removed. Share leaks with you, so I wouldn’t mind financial aid”. This money was apparently used for a vacation Gromsky spent with the Russian content creators.
In the summer of 2021, Streamlabs held an event where they sent redeemable codes to Fortnite content creators so they could be distributed to viewers. Once Gromsky learned of this, he allegedly told his Russian designer 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 they could be sold at full profit.
In October of last year, Gromsky’s employment contract with Epic Games was extended and, according to the video, he began “actively pushing his friends [the Russian content creators] to start creating maps in Creative mode”. Following this, Gromsky then disclosed the payouts for the top Creative map creators for January 2022 in an effort to motivate his friends. Using his Epic Games dev tools, he was then able to push his friend’s maps to the front page of Discovery in-game, which is seen daily by millions of gamers Gromsky’s friends’ maps were also promoted on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter via posts official Fortnite accounts. The employee also allegedly used his dev tools to copy entire islands of successful map creators for his friends to duplicate. The video claims that one of the Russian content creators uses three Epic accounts different games (all of which have their own creator code) to release different maps. Gromsky then promotes those maps using the official Fortnite social media channels, all avoiding t 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 Epic Corruption YouTube video, we cannot share it here.
Epic Games has released the following statementconfirming the opening of an investigation into the allegations:
“We have blocked this contractor’s access to Epic’s systems while we actively investigate these allegations. The video has been removed due to the inclusion of sensitive personal information about the Fortnite community creators.”
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