In the age of Twitter, Facebook, and YouTube, many people are breaking their word and their signature by violating the very NDA agreement they signed.
The non-disclosure agreement, commonly known as the NDA, is a document that many Video Game companies both rely on for secrecy, trust, and tempered information release. The company has put a lot of work into their project and they deserve the right to keep it under wraps until they decide to release it at a time of their choosing.
Non Disclosure Agreements are built on your word and personal seal, and some people seem to only to be looking for that one big leak that’ll give them a ton of likes and the fame they think they deserve.
I think most people are good at heart and will do what they say they’ll do. But, there is a small portion of people who have no intention of honoring the NDA before they sign those pages.
I’ve been on both sides of an NDA and never leaked anything I wasn’t allowed to say. That’s because the companies I signed those with allowed me to do whatever it was they wanted me to do, and not talk about it.
If you don’t think you can honor the NDA then you shouldn’t sign it. Just walk away. You make that choice before you put that pen to the paper and sign a legal contract that you are expected to uphold. It’s literally in the contract itself.
A leak, even if it turns out to be correct, is told solely from one opinion and can do a lot of unfair damage to the project before it’s released. It may not even be included in the final project.
Just keep that in mind the next time you’re asked to sign a document. I know it’s hard to know something that you’re excited about and not talk about it. Like when I used all the hot water and didn’t tell my wife until after she jumped in. Yeah, that was pretty easy actually and a lot funnier than I thought it would be at 5:45 am. It’s the little things.