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Take-Two's Borderlands 3 Investigation Sparks Controversy

IGN reports the hashtag #BoycottBorderlands3 was trending on Twitter this morning following a video by Borderlands YouTuber SupMatto saying he was visited by private investigators hired by Take-Two looking into Borderlands 3 information leaks. They have a statement on the topic from the publisher: "Take Two and 2K take the security and confidentiality of trade secrets very seriously," a 2K Games representative told them. "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 report says SupMatto claims he learned all his secrets from videos found on Twitch, but Take-Two claims this was through use of an exploit. IGN also reports that at one point SupMatto was allegedly offering insider Borderlands 3 details as a paid membership perk. Word is SupMatto's Discord channel was shut down with the following notice: "Your account was involved in selling, promoting, or distributing cheats, hacks, or cracked accounts." It also seems his Twitter account is dead, and IGN says he has deleted some of the YouTube videos with some of his insider information. They also state Take-Two is not pursuing further legal action against him, but that a larger investigation into leaks is ongoing.

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