Take Two Interactive sending private investigators after YouTuber SupMatto resulted in backlash and controversy so far but now people seem to be following Gearbox CEO's Twitter in order to post jokes about the unsavoury move by the corp.
If someone told you Randy Pitchford was on the receiving end of jokes from a backlash he didn't directly instigate himself, would you believe them? Neither would we but that seems to be the case.
While there is no official confirmation on whether Pitchford asked Take Two to send private investigators to a YouTuber's doorstep, he does not have a history of doing so. On the other hand, Take Two does .
Anyway, SupMatto's channel destruction and PI troubles are directly influenced by Borderlands 3 info he reported so Pitchford's Twitter is one of the places where the community is venting. Thankfully, we are not talking about death threats or other hardcore harassment here, but rather a bunch of jokes that seem to follow every tweet Gearbox's CEO posts.
On 8 August 2019, Pitchford tweeted a picture of a vehicle in real life that looked like Cyclone, spawned straight from Pandora, asking what it could be. It didn't take long for someone to jokingly insinuate it's a vehicle used by Take Two's private investigators.
That's not where the real dough lies, however. Another tweet on the same day asked players who they would prefer between Zane the Operative, Moze the Gunner, Amara the Siren and FL4K the Beastmaster.
As you may have guessed, the first answer was "Bubba the Private Investigator ". Others suggested adding "2K the goon " as another option while some went the less humorous and more empathetic path by suggesting "SupMatto the Streamer ".
Interestingly enough, anyone who has played Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel has technically already played as a corporate (Hyperion) goon. Even before that, Roland in Borderlands and Axton in Borderlands 2 were previously soldiers in corporations' private armies.
In case you need context for these Twitter responses, the short version is that SupMatto reported leaked information on his YouTube and Discord channels which resulted in Take Two sending private investigators to his doorstep along with closing his Discord channel and DMCA striking over 60 of his YouTube videos.