Which in some other timeline, perhaps, wouldn’t matter so much, but because this is the worst timeline – the same timeline in which you can get death threats for rating a game eight, sorry, “hate” out of ten – this is bad.
For reasons that couldn’t ever be adequately explained or excused, a spreadsheet with the names, phone numbers, home addresses, and other info of 2025 media and games industry people, was publicly accessible to download on the E3 website for an undetermined amount of time before YouTuber Sophia Narwitz discovered the document and informed the Entertainment Software Association, which operates the event. The link has since been scrubbed, but was subsequently available in a cached version of the website until the ESA deleted the file from the server. Awkward.
Somewhat disingenuously blaming a “website vulnerability” (… I mean, it was a link), the ESA claimed that “we immediately took steps to protect that data and shut down the site”, and “we regret this this occurrence and have put measures in place to ensure it will not occur again”.
In the meantime, though, that data is inevitably subject to misuse – two people tell Kotaku that they’ve been harassed as a result, and I doubt that’s the end of it.