Fans urging a Borderlands 3 boycott after YouTuber says its publishers harassed him

Fans of the Borderlands video games are proposing a boycott of the franchises latest installment, Borderlands 3, with the hashtag #BoycottBorderlands3 on Twitter.

The boycott is in response to representatives from the games publishers, 2k Games and Take-Two Interactive, allegedly harassing a YouTuber for what they constitute as leaking information about the game. Only that information was already publicly available.

A trailer released in April for Borderlands 3 showcased a feature called the ECHOCast. ECHOCast functioned as a Twitch extension and supposedly allowed players to earn rewards for the game by watching streamers. The trailer inadvertently showed the names of tester accounts for this feature.

Through internet sleuthing, users on Reddit were able to track down the private channels used to test this feature. The actual content was inaccessible, but the thumbnails were readily available for fans to speculate on. Being an avid Borderlands content creator, YouTuber SupMatto proceeded to include the thumbnails he found in his content.

On July 25, SupMatto alleges that two private investigators contracted by Take-Two Interactive and 2K Games came to his house to discuss various things relating to [his] channel. He says they questioned him about various leaks that he discussed in uploaded content. The details regarding this incident are outlined in a video uploaded Tuesday by SupMatto, where he aims to break the silence on the whole ordeal.

Shortly after the alleged visit from the private investigators, SupMatto says his YouTube channel received several false copyright claims. In a statement to the Verge, 2K Games said it will take the necessary actions to defend against leaks and infringement of our intellectual property that not only potentially impact our business and partners.

Within hours of SupMatto uploading the video explaining his side of the story, #BoycottBorderlands3 started trending on Twitter.

However, some are bringing up the argument that boycotting the game would mostly affect the developers rather than those on the business side of things. In 2012, Obsidian, the developer ofFallout: New Vegas, missed out on bonuses from publisher Bethesda for missing Bethesdas desired Metacritic score by merely one point. Most notably, fans are pointing to Randy Pitchford, Gearboxs outspoken CEO, who would likely not have his livelihood put at risk if any form of a boycott was successful.