Take-Two Interactive spied on a Borderlands fan who was leaking information about the third part of the series.
Blogger Matt Somers with SupMatto nickname mergedinformation about Borderlands 3 before the official announcements. According to Kotaku, he predicted the emergence of new characters, a "rainbow" system of rarity weapons and even an addition to Borderlands 2, which covered the plot holes. Take-Two did not like this activity, and the company launched an investigation.
In a comment for IGN, a Take-Two spokespersonsaid that Somers’s activities were investigated for 10 months. The company did not like the fact that the blogger made money on the "sinks" and violated copyrights by publishing confidential information. According to IGN, Somers encouraged viewers who supported him financially. So, if a person paid five dollars for subscribing to YouTube, he was given access to the Discord private server, where the blogger posted more "sinks" about Borderlands 3.
Somers himself claims that he was getting informationfrom public sources. For example, when 2K Games showed the Borderlands 3 extension for Twitch, the community found the name of a real account in the announcement. Then the fans found a connection with other accounts and discovered unpublished gameplay excerpts from Borderlands 3. There, fans found details about the skills of the characters.
The blogger found out about the investigation when they came to himtwo detectives. According to Somers, the detectives dropped by his house on July 25 and asked different questions. Then the guy told the "guests" about his YouTube channel and how to get information.
After a visit, Somers was blocked by Discord for"Sale, promotion or distribution of cheats." In turn, the blogger claims that he did not do this. In addition, Take-Two threw the guy seven strikes on the YouTube channel, but then recalled most of it, leaving only one.
If you believe IGN, then Take-Two is not going tosue Somers, but will continue to fight with people who reveal the company's trade secrets, including about Borderlands 3. In turn, the blogger took a break to understand if he wants to continue his activities on YouTube and Discord.