Reacting to the recent criticism over sending private investigators to a YouTuber's house, 2K Games and Take-Two Interactive issued a statement claiming that the events are a result of a 10-month long investigation into Borderlands 3 leaks.
"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", they told IGN.
They said the information SupMatto with the public is incomplete and occasionally untrue, insisting that not only were many of his actions illegal, they negatively impacted the experience of fans and content creators.
"We will take the necessary actions to defend against leaks and infringement of our intellectual property that not only potentially impact our business and partners, but more importantly may negatively impact the experiences of our fans and customers", 2K concluded.
In their defence, SupMatto did indeed decide not to share a few crucial bits of information, which is deplorable and almost justifies Take-Two and 2K's actions. Almost.
Namely, he deleted several videos from his YouTube channel, some of which were confirmed to contain leaks dating as far back as 2018, before Borderlands 3 was even announced.
Some said that SupMatto's YouTube channel allegedly featured a perk that granted those who paid $5 membership access to a private Discord channel, which is assumed to have contained the previously acquired leaks.
If these are true, and both his and Take-Two's actions seem to indicate so, then SupMatto's actions are indeed subject to legal action. I'll repeat the last part - legal action.
There's been some, ahem, confusion and even defending of 2K and Take-Two in the case of the Twitch screenshots, which just begs for a reminder - things that are in public domain, and these screenshots were for Twitch's tech reasons, they are free for anyone and everyone.
There's no doubt that companies and corporations are well within their rights to do everything within their legal reach to defend their intellectual property.
For a tech company, however, you'd think they'd get their tech guys to protect their tech secrets with their tech stuff, but they still decided to skip the proper channels - you know, the same ones everyone uses - and send private investigators to another person's house.
Ask yourself, seeing as how they were so sure they got the right man, why they did not report him to the police, which is what you do when someone's stealing your secrets.
What they ended up doing comes really close to violating the rights that far supersede their corporate responsibility to shareholders, and it remains to be seen how long before they, or someone even more malicious, push that boundary even further.