Those looking forward to Borderlands 3 may know of a YouTuber called SupMatto, as he talks about all things Borderlands on that channel, and he's just released a new video in which he says that two private investigators showed up at his house on July 25, asking about "various things relating to my channel", saying they were from Take-Two Interactive.
One of the things mentioned was leaked information, including details that came from a video posted on April 29, as SupMatto explains. He also claims that details he's shared - including those from the April 29 video - weren't found by him, but he shared them from other sources online.
"It's not some crafty workaround. On April 29 the official Borderlands YouTube channel posted the reveal of the Twitch extension leading into the gameplay reveal which we were all stoked about, and the names of the testing accounts were exposed in that video, as we've now learned," he explained.
However, publisher 2K Games has since spoken to IGN about the investigation, and it's actually part of a longer process, as reads this official statement:
"Take Two and 2K take the security and confidentiality of trade secrets very seriously. The action we've taken is the result of a 10-month investigation and a history of this creator profiting from breaking our policies, leaking confidential information about our product, and infringing our copyright."
IGN adds, however, that Twitch streams SupMatto cited were actually set to private, and 2K says that an exploit in Twitch's security let SupMatto's followers datamine information from the private streams.
"The information he's sharing about the situation is incomplete, and in some cases untrue," the 2K spokesperson said. "Not only were many of his actions illegal, but they were negatively impacting the experience of other content creators and our fans in anticipation for the game."
SupMatto has also deleted several videos containing leaked information, even those before the initial reveal of the game, and according to IGN sources, perks had previously been listed on his channel that offered access to a Discord where leaked information was shared for a $5 USD membership.
Twitch and Discord are both reportedly investigating SupMatto as well, and 2K and Take-Two will continue to investigate these situations, as the 2K statement clarifies:
"We will take the necessary actions to defend against leaks and infringement of our intellectual property that not only potentially impact our business and partners, but more importantly may negatively impact the experiences of our fans and customers."
What do you think of Take-Two and 2K's methods?