It’s really no secret that Borderlands 3 is a big deal for 2K Games and parent company Take-Two Interactive; after all, it sold a ton of copies since its 3-month revival via the Commander Lilith “free” DLC. It’s so big that the company isn’t taking chances on future leaks, to the point where they issued YouTube copyright strikes followed by investigators to a renowned Borderlands YouTube content creator.
According to a recent Kotaku report, said content creator goes by Matt “SupMatto” Somers who has been posting Borderlands content since 2015, including leaks to part 3. The latter is always attributed to either unnamed sources or the work of a community of fans digging through SteamDB.
“Since I’ve had time to reflect on the situation, I’d say excitement got the better of my judgment,” he said concerning the recent investigation. “It was a bit of a shitty thing to do”.
Here’s his video explaining his recent hiatus. Based on the comments and sentiments, people are in support of SupMatto.
In a public statement, Take-Two subsidiary 2K Games said that the YouTuber’s actions were sometimes illegal and harmful to the game’s community.
“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 copyrights. Not only were many of his actions illegal, but they were negatively impacting the experiences of other content creators and our fans in anticipation for the game.”
The company didn’t say specifically what it was that Somers did that broke the law.
So What Did He Spill The Beans About?
Prior to the game’s massive announcement early this year, SuppMatto got a lot of guesses and speculations right. These include:
- The four new playable characters, who all sound cool
- The radiation element for guns, which adds as a nice “fix” to the overreliance of Slag in part 2
- The development of a Borderlands 2 DLC that ties into the third game. Which is pretty awesome; go check it out before part 3 comes out.
Here’s what happened after the investigation:
- SupMatto’s Discord server and Discord account were coincidentally terminated 20 minutes after the investigators left. The reason was due to being “involved in selling, promoting, or distributing cheats, hacks, or cracked accounts”, according to an automated Discord email sent to his account.
- A 2K Games rep said that the above video was “incomplete and in some cases untrue”. They noted that “Take-Two and 2K take the security and confidentiality of trade secrets very seriously.” The rep did not provide further information on Take-Two and 2K’s investigation.
- After the video went up, many fans created the #BoycottBorderlands 3 hashtag that trended on Twitter in the US. If it’s anything like Modern Warfare 2, I’m sure it’ll turn out dandy and 2K Games’ pockets will be hurting.
- SupMatto will take a break from Borderlands following this incident. “Going forward, where are we? I am absolutely on hiatus from making videos while I figure out what I want to do. My plan is to see how I feel come September. I don’t know if I want to play [Borderlands 3], I don’t know if I want to make videos, I don’t know where I’m going to be at. I want to give myself time to decompress. I just need to step away from Borderlands”.