Someone approached One Angry Gamer and has informed us that the Trello chat logs for Crash Override Network are set to go public this weekend, either Saturday or Sunday. These logs were hinted at in the recent video that YouTuber Leo Pirate put out, indicating that more discussions from the supposed abuse specialist organization would be made available for all to see.
For those of you who have not seen the Leo Pirate video, you can check it out below.
So what are in the leaks and what can we expect from them? I don’t know. Will the leaks be large or small? I don’t know. Will there be damning information in the leaks? I don’t know. Ultimately it’s like when WikiLeaks leaks something and people have to trawl through the information to sometimes find useful golden nuggets. Highlighting potential wrongdoing, alleged corruption and possible criminal activity requires a lot of diligence and digging.
Leo Pirate nor the individual who informed One Angry Gamer about the Trello leaks gave information or indication of how the leaks would be made available. There’s also no indication if the leaks are from the same source within Crash Override Network who leaked previous material or if someone else within the organization is leaking additional, private data due to concerns of what the abuse prevention network is involved in.
Regardless, it’s a complete change in narrative as multiple websites have been promoting Crash Override Network and giving them free publicity as a trustworthy organization for people suffering from harassment, cyber-bullying or online abuse, despite the fact that information has come to light showing that they have been engaged in harassment, doxxing and potential sabotage.
Outlets like Birth.Movies.Death have seen writers like Andrew Todd giving Crash Override Network auspicious promotion on January 17th, 2015, along with Zachary Jason from Boston Magazine in a piece published within May of 2015. Others like Julie Bort from Business Insider on January 18th, 2015, Craig Chapple from Develop Online with an article published on January 19th, 2015, Dan Pearson from GamesIndustry.biz on February 10th, 2015, Alex Hern from The Guardian on January 19th, 2015, and Todd Martens from Hero Complex with a piece published on February 4th, 2015 highlighted the importance of Crash Override Network, while Sarah E. Needleman from The Wall Street Journal gave Crash Override Network a lot of love in an article published on March 4th, 2015.
There are many other outlets who have also given similar kinds of coverage to Crash Override Network, so we’ll see if they’re inclined to cover whatever comes out of the Trello leaks.
In the meantime, the owner of DeepFreeze.it, an online resource that tracks video game journalism corruption – has published an updated piece on his Bone Golem blog to highlight additional conflicts of interest by video game journalists covering both Zoe Quinn and the Crash Override Network, which might be worth checking out ahead of the Trello leaks.
Ian Miles Cheong, former member of the Crash Override Network, also put the gaming and mainstream media on blast over at Heat Street for failing to follow through and update their pieces (or provide new information) on the Crash Override Network being involved with doxxing, abuse and other scandalous material.