Dear @evleaks: So long and thanks for all the leaks

Unless this is your first time reading a tech news site, the chances are you’ll have come across the Twitter handle @evleaks. The man behind the account, Evan Blass, has become synonymous with leaks of new smartphones, tablets, and plenty more stuff, giving the world a look at many of the most exciting devices long before their manufacturers officially announce them.

But today, after two years of running the account, Evan revealed that he plans to leak no more. His announcement was short and sweet and, of course, came in the form of a tweet

 
All good things must come to an end. Thank you for an amazing two years. [RETIREMENT]"
 

It’s a genuine loss for the tech community – there are very few tech sites worth a damn that haven’t published at least one story based on Evan’s leaks, after all. Many readers, too, will lament his decision to take a step back from leaks, if only because it will likely mean having to wait a bit longer to see some of the latest devices! 

Evan told The Next Web that his choice was ultimately a practical one – as much as he obviously enjoyed doing what he did, he just wasn’t able to sufficiently monetize his Twitter account, and its associated website at evleaks.at, for him to get by.

As he explains, the amount of money he was able to generate was adding up to “unsustainable living, and with a progressively worsening disease [multiple sclerosis], I need to make sure I can prepare myself better for the future, financially.”

Evan isn’t quite ready to announce what he plans to do next, but whatever the future holds for him, we wish him all the best. For now, though, as one of the many, many news sites and publications out there who have benefited from his hard work over the last two years, there’s only one thing left to say: thank you, Evan.

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I think the fundamental problem is he was apparently trying to make a living out of telling people what colour the SGS6/7/8 was going to be - the phrase "monetize his Twitter account" made me gag. I understand there are extenuating circumstances here, but doesn't anyone just do this for fun anymore, like me and my friends a decade ago?

his reputation got destroyed. 3 pretty bad leaks just in the last month

1.OnePlus One Tab
2.HTC Volantis tablet
3.Android Lumia

Well to be fair the Lumia rumor was just that. At the time he leaked it there was probably more momentum behind Android Lumia and frankly for all we know MS might still be considering it. I wouldn't ding him for that one at least.

considering all the other Microsoft insiders had never heard of such a thing? look at some of his tweets, he has an agenda. that rumor was pulled straight out of his behind.

What agenda? He's been right quite a bit and a lot of what he tweets are just upcoming stuff. I don't see an agenda unless you have some examples.

"Unless this is your first time reading a tech news site, the chances are you'll have come across the Twitter handle @evleaks."

Since when does reading a tech site equate with Twitter? Sorry, never heard of the bloke. Nice play on The HitchHiker Guide series, however.

COKid said,
"Unless this is your first time reading a tech news site, the chances are you'll have come across the Twitter handle @evleaks."

Since when does reading a tech site equate with Twitter? Sorry, never heard of the bloke. Nice play on The HitchHiker Guide series, however.

If you've read Neowin at all in the past forever you've read stories about his leaks. You might not remember the specific details but you've heard of him.

cleverclogs said,
MS is a nasty nasty disease. Good luck Sir, thank you for your time and efforts in giving us peeks into the future.

wow, yeah, he needs to take any time he needs.... too bad he was not able to monetize evleaks...

cleverclogs said,
MS is a nasty nasty disease. Good luck Sir, thank you for your time and efforts in giving us peeks into the future.

I wouldn't quite go so far as to call Microsoft a disease, maybe an oligarch :p

torrentthief said,

I wouldn't quite go so far as to call Microsoft a disease, maybe an oligarch :p


MS could also mean Multiple Sclerosis; although I agree that in the context the meaning is dubious.

The poster is referring to multiple sclerosis (among other suffers from it, Montel Williams (Navy vet and former talk-show host)). Like nastier brother ALS, it's not fun under any circumstances - the only difference is that it doesn't kill you as FAST as ALS.

FaiKee is just a guy who follows all of the Microsoft Chinese blogs and leaker blogs 24/7 and then re-posts the info on different sites including here. He has nothing to do with leaking info on new hardware and has no direct inside contacts with anyone at Microsoft.

itisomegakai said,
FaiKee Step-up please

You freaking serious?

FaiKee doesn't have one single original leak to his name. Like xendrome said, everything he has ever posted has come from somewhere else and he steals the credit. I just proved this over on the My Digital Life forum where he was trying to say he was the person who leaked the info about Windows 9 possibly being a free upgrade. He is trying to say that he leaked the news of Windows 9 possibly being a free upgrade back in May of this year. I proved it was already rumored back in April in an article on InfoWorld that was credited to Wzor and MJF. All of a sudden I became a "pathetic hater" for proving he lied and tried to steal credit for something he didn't leak.

He gets all his information from multiple Chinese and Russian forums along with the My Digital Life forum. Wzor and MJF were two people he got a lot of his posts from until he started to talk trash about them because they posted stuff that proved him wrong. He then went on to start quoting blog/forum posts made by "Brandon Live", a member of Neowin and using that as source material and threw hints that it came from his "special friend inside Microsoft".

He's shady and shouldn't be trusted

Sorry, man, I am only interested in the OS I am using, i.e. Windows, using Android but I don't like smartphones. Xendrome is basically right, I don't care about hardwares, and over 95% of my Windows infos were from web sources...oh, btw, Mr. Hater could say whatever he wishes for all I care. :)

FaiKee said,
Sorry, then, maybe a little bit something for wp rumor, there will be 4 GDR's, afterwards, wpthreshold. :)

see i knew :) Thanks for the heads up :D