YouTuYouTuber SupMatto recently claimed that Borderlands 3 publisher 2K Games sent private investigators to his house over information he reportedly leaked. The claim was serious enough to prompt fans to take to Twitter and start a #BoycottBorderlands3 campaign. Now, in a statement to IGN, 2K confirms that the YouTuber in question has indeed been under investigation.
“Take-Two and 2K take the security and confidentiality of trade secrets very seriously,” says the publisher. “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.”
This situation seemingly dates back to a video that SupMatto posted which talked about (amongst other things) a leak related to a Twitch extension. SupMatto claims that the information wasn’t exactly difficult to find and didn’t require any serious espionage.
“It’s not some crafty work-around,” said SupMatto. “On April 29th the official Borderlands YouTube channel posted the reveal of the Twitch extension leading into the gameplay reveal… and the name of the testing accounts were exposed in that video. This wasn’t found by me.”
However, 2K claims that SupMatto isn’t telling the full story. They say that “the information he’s sharing about the situation is incomplete, and in some cases untrue,” and that many of his actions were illegal. While they’re not sharing the full details of their investigation at this time, it seems that they may believe that SupMatto has been accessing private content that SupMatto claims was public
It’s worth nothing that SupMatto has recently deleted many videos that contained leaked Borderlands 3 information and that 2K claims he had previously offered subscribers the chance to send him $5 in order to access further leaks via a Discord channel.
SupMatto has also deleted his Twitter account, but that is currently one of the social media staging grounds for a debate over this situation and how fans now feel about Borderlands 3. Interestingly, this isn’t the first controversy that has plagued the game.
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