In an interview with BBC, the man behind EvLeaks, Evan Blass, said that he is retiring from the leaking game.
At I4U, we've covered almost every leak out there. And like you, we have our favorite sources, too. For me and my colleagues here, that would be EvLeaks. Last week, the famous leaker posted a photo of Motorola's Moto X+1. It would be EvLeaks's last leak.
In an interview with BBC, the man behind EvLeaks, Evan Blass, said that he is retiring from the leaking game. BBC's Click program visited Blass at his home in Philadelphia and did his first on-camera interview.
Blass is suffering from multiple sclerosis - a disease that didn't stop him from spending 22 hours a day to report his leaks, which have been accurate, much to the delight of tech journalists. Blass announced his retirement early this month.
He's quitting because leaking photos and specs on Twitter didn't provide enough revenue to sustain his job as a leak artist. Blass has attempted to create a website for his leaks. But his tweets proved to be hard to monetize.
All good things must come to an end. Thank you for an amazing two years. [RETIREMENT]— Evan Blass (@evleaks) August 3, 2014
In a statement to The Next Web, Blass wrote, "Trying to monetize a stream of Twitter leaks is not easy. I also started a website, and it’s actually done somewhat respectably, but with all the leaks going out on Twitter anyway, people have little incentive to visit, and most of my tech-savvy-heavy audience seem to be pretty heavy ad-block users, as well. It all adds up to an unsustainable living, and with a progressively worsening disease, I need to make sure I can prepare myself better for the future, financially."
When asked about where he gets his scoop, Blass declined to name his well-placed sources. However, he said that phone makers will discreetly hand over information about an upcoming device for publicity purposes.
"Companies will say they’re never happy with leaks, but that’s just not true,” Blass tells BBC. “I’ve gotten controlled leaks, and that’s why, if a phone manufacturer tells you they hate leaks, they’re not being truthful because more than one have given me material to leak.”
Check out his interview here.
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