Genshin impact leakers are shutting down or suspending their activities, following publisher Cognosphere’s subpoena requesting the personal information of prolific leaker Ubatcha.
Ubatcha is one of the most famous sources for Genshin impact leaks within the community, with over 460,000 Twitter followers. Ubatcha posts leaks for the game in a Discord server with over 270,000 members called Wangsheng Funeral Parlor (via, Eurogamer).
Cognosphere, the publisher for Genshin impacthas since asked a law firm to file a subpoena application asking Discord to reveal Ubatcha’s name, address, phone number and email address.
Following the actions of the action role-playing game’s publisher, other prominent leakers in the community have either completely ceased or temporarily suspended leaking activities. According to Eurogamer, two of the biggest on Twitter, hxg_diluc and SaveYourPrimos have made their accounts private, meaning their tweets cannot be seen publicly.
SaveYourPrimos also posted to the now-private account saying, “We’re not going anywhere, we’re just shutting down for a short time until IT and I figure out how best to move forward,” before following up with, ” We is not in any legal trouble or facing any threats himself. This is a precautionary measure in light of recent events.”
HoYoverse requested Discord to provide Ubatcha’s personal details such as name, address, etc. to share. They are a prominent leaker for #GenshinImpak content, and we can expect some action once the legal formalities are completed.
— Genshin Impact: News, Content & Leaks (@GenshinSource) December 6, 2022
In addition to this, after the subpoena, it appears that the Wangsheng Funeral Parlor invite link is no longer functional, and another Discord server dedicated to Genshin impact named GenshinBlank shut down leak-dedicated channels, as well as renaming others.
The action follows a data breach that revealed new characters, quests and events as far back as the 3.8 update, but also included personal information and user data for several HoYoverse testers. Ubatcha was involved in sharing the leaks at the time, but later removed it “just to be safe” and reiterated that they “do not condone the methods in which the data was obtained”.
It is unclear what action will be taken as a result of the subpoena, but in the meantime it appears that the Genshin impact leaky community closed shop to avoid legal consequences.
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