Halo 5 director, Frank O’Connor, has criticised those who leak information to the games press, specifically targeting a user named CBOAT on NeoGAF.
“Breaking embargos is not prophesy. Nor does it require any particular skill or insight,” O’Connor posted on NeoGAF. “Ultimately he is taking or being given information and leaking it, illegally and often erroneously. And he isn’t doing it for some noble or worthy reason. He’s doing it for attention.”
“People, including nice people with kids and families and stuff, work super hard on this stuff and wake up in the morning to find some of their effort blown up. It’s not fun, and for what? So you can have a mildly interesting surprise 8 hours early and lacking context? Or get hyped or disappointed disproportionately? Or get someone fired or someone innocent yelled at? Ok. But it isn’t prophecy, nor ultimately even important. It’s annoying.”
What I find annoying is Frank’s assumption that the press, who will report the leaks to their eager readers, are here to publicise his game at the time of his choosing under his conditions. That’s not the job of the press, that is the job of an advert.
Note: If you are reading this Frank, please observe that you are embargoed from making any sort of statement or reply until 12.30 pm on June 30th, 20014. Please make sure you observe this embargo, people, including “nice people with kids and families” work very hard in the press, you wouldn’t want them to get shouted at, would you?