Today, #BoycottBorderlands 3 has been trending on Twitter due to a video by YouTuber SupMatto where he stated he was part of an investigation by Take-Two Interactive regarding Borderlands 3 leaks. SupMatto said: “I don’t feel like I have anything to hide. They questioned me about various things related to my channel… and they told me they were from Take-Two Interactive.” Speaking to IGN, Take-Two confirmed the news as well as stating that it is part of a 10-month investigation of Borderlands 3 leaks. A 2k Games representative said:
“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.”
The video SupMatto posted focused on an incident with a Twitch exploit that SupMatto reported on regarding the official Borderlands 3 Twitch extension. SupMatto said: “it’s not some crafty work-around. 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. That wasn’t found by me.”
2k Games alleges that SupMatto’s leaks into Borderlands 3 is more than just the Twitch extension. IGN reported that the Twitch streams SupMatto used as sources were set to private, not public, as he had claimed. At this time, 2k and Take-Two are not pursuing legal action against SupMatto. A 2k representative said:
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.
SupMatto has taken down several of his videos that contained leaked information since his meeting with the private investigators. Some of the videos included leaked reports that were published before the official reveal of the game. It was also reported that SupMatto had a Discord channel that had more information about Borderlands 3 leaked information that he would exchange for a $5 membership to his YouTube channel. The Discord channel has been shut down and both Twitch and Discord are investigating SupMatto’s Twitch channel and Discord server respectively.