On Wednesday, YouTuber SupMatto, in a video claimed that two private investigators showed up at his home. The reason? To inquire him on behalf of Take-Two Interactive about leaked Borderlands 3 content.
SupMatto confessed that he had shared information that hadn’t been officially revealed. But he said that he had found out about it through legal sources and that it was also available elsewhere.
“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 says in the video.
“This wasn’t found by me, it was also posted on various platforms like Reddit and other social media—that’s how it was brought to my attention—so quite a few of us decided to follow these accounts because, well, simply put, we could.”
A lot of gaming news are built upon hunches and clues. If he is to believed, it was just that.
2K Games, however, believes otherwise. In a statement to IGN, they said that it believes SupMatto and his followers took advantage of a Twitch security exploit. This exploit let them capture channel preview thumbnails that had been set to private. 2K also revealed that it’s actually been investigating him for almost a year.
“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,” 2K said.
“The information he’s sharing about the situation [in his new video] is incomplete, and in some cases untrue. 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 said that his channel was hit by someone with seven copyright strikes the day after that stream. Only one copyright strike remains. His YouTube channel remains available.
His Discord server wasn’t as lucky. It was taken off for being “involved in selling, promoting, or distributing cheats, hacks, or cracked accounts.”
SupMatto maintains that he is innocent. But the IGN report tells us that Discord and Twitch have also been investigating his server and channel on their platforms. His Twitch channel remains active for now.
SupMatto has also deleted his Twitter account. He’s taking a break from making YouTube videos in order to “decompress” and plan out what to do next.
2K clarified that they weren’t planning on taking legal action against SupMatto.
We will keep updating you if there any other developments in the story.