Take Two Interactive’s Borderlands 3 is facing a boycott after a recent scandal.
Fans of the looter-shooter franchise are staging a boycott following the company’s alleged mistreatment of a major Youtuber.
According to content creator SupMatto, the company sent private investigators to his house to intimidate him after he released information that had been made public for months now. SupMatto released a video recently detailing the events. You can view it down below:
In the video, SupMatto indicated that the confrontation began back in April when the official Borderlands 3 Twitch extension was announced on official channels prior to the gameplay reveal. The clip that Take-Two released for the game featured the names of several test streamer, which many fans including SupMatto were following and investigating.
A few months later on July 25th, SupMatto was approached at his home by two private investigators who claimed they were contracted by 2K. These investigators began to question him about various leaks and other gameplay details that had come from his findings. “I was very tense, as many of you could imagine, having two people in suits you don’t know show up at your home,” he recalled of the encounter.
Matto also claimed that he received seven copyright strikes from Take-Two on his Youtube channel the next day. Presently, only one of these strikes are still up and his uploads are still active. However, his Discord has been shut down for being “involved in selling, promoting or distributing cheats, hacks or cracked accounts.” Following these events, SupMatto has suspended his Twitter account to avoid any further accusations from Take Two or 2K.
Within hours of his video going up, #boycottborderlands3 started trending on various social media outlets. The movement comes following numerous other scandals surrounding the game’s developers Gearbox Software and their widely controversial CEO, Randy Pitchford. Pitchford has previously been ridiculed by gamers for his handling of 2013’s Aliens: Colonial Marines and for lashing out at gaming publication Game Informer for how they handled his comments regarding microtransactions in Borderlands 3. Presently, Pitchford has been the focus of a lawsuit involving a secret $12 million bonus that surfaced earlier this year.
Now while there is reason to question these allegations there is precedent for this that makes it seem true. In 2015, EuroGamer reported that Take-Two sent private investigators to someone’s house for creating single-player mods in Grand Theft Auto V.
Gamers clearly have plenty of reasons to be frustrated with Take-Two Interactive, 2K, and Gearbox Software. This latest story surrounding SupMatto is just the latest development for people to follow. Neither of the companies have issued a public statement regarding the scandal, but FandomWire has reached out for comment and will update this story as it develops if possible.
Borderlands 3 is scheduled to release on September 13th, 2019 on the Playstation 4, Xbox One, Google Stadia, and PC. It will be an Epic Games Store exclusive.
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