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Take-Two harass YouTuber over legally acquired Borderlands 3 info

Published: 14:14, 07 August 2019
Updated: 15:21, 07 August 2019
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Borderlands 3, Promethea

In a move that sounds like a Cyberpunk plot, Take-Two Interactive took it upon themselves to tackle a suspected Borderlands 3 leaker by sending private investigators to YouTuber SupMatto's home, filing DMCA strikes on his channel and more.

On 29 April 2019, Borderlands 3's official YouTube channel posted a reveal of the Twitch extension ECHOcast that led into the game's reveal, but it also revealed the name of the channel used for testing.

Following the channel showed 57 other Twitch accounts linked to it. SupMatto was far from the only one who decided to follow these accounts, and wasn't even the first, but seems to have been the most prominent Borderlands streamer who did so.

Now, these were private Twitch accounts and the streams were not viewable, but the live stream thumbnail could be expanded to get still images. Which he, of course, did.

Come 25 July 2019, SupMatto had private investigators trespass on his property and question him for 30-40 minutes on various things, mostly pertaining to the contents of his YouTube channel.

The investigators said they were from Take-Two, and it's been corroborated that they're indeed a contractor company hired by them.

His Discord channel has been terminated within 20 minutes of the investigators' departure, with the official explanation stating he was "involved in selling, promoting, or distributing cheats, hacks, or cracked accounts."

On 26 July 2019, SupMatto's YouTube channel has been hit with 7 copyright strikes by the company, 6 of which were thankfully overturned by YouTube. One of them still stands though. 

Now, let us make one thing clear - this was all in the public domain, freely accessible by anyone, anywhere. This was Take-Two Interactive's oversight, and what they could and should've done is deactivate these Twitch streams, and that is where their legal reach legally ends.

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Borderlands 3, Promethea

What Take-Two ended up doing, however, was way out of their ethical, moral and legal bounds - an absolute travesty that's an inch away from violation of human rights.

Trespassing is already a violation of property rights and something that swifter legal systems would absolutely dismantle them over. Corporate rights do not, must not, and hopefully never will trump human rights. Never. EVER.

You can find SupMatto's account of what happened on his YouTube channel .

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