Long time lurker, but I find I don’t think this is true at all. Odds are, if a couple PIs came on my property and I was in a reasonable mood, I would try to answer their questions. I doubt any real intimidation tactics were used, it’s intimidating enough that there are people at the behest of a large corporation investigating you that likely has the power to take down something you’ve created that presumably provides some, at least supplementary, income for your family. Now if I was in a bad mood, I might tell them to get a warrant or get off my lawn.
Regardless, I think everyone should be able to agree that this was extremely poorly handled. I actually thought a lot of the leaks supmatto covered were almost if not entirely intentional. As far as the twitch stuff goes, they could have easily prevented it by creating new random accounts for testing that they hadn’t essentially made public. I also find it HIGHLY suspect that the final straw was the Flak info and Joltz and K6 both had exclusive skill tree reveals today, maybe some of their other large streamers did also, I haven’t looked.
I haven’t decided on whether or not I’ll boycott the game, but I am boycotting all YouTube and twitch exposure. I love your content @nat_zero_six and @Derch among others and it’s nothing against you guys, but if gearbox and 2k (and I understand this is on 2k and it’s hard for gearbox to go against their moneystream but they are complicit by default unless they state otherwise) but… with all of the follow the codes and find the leaked info games they’ve played I don’t think supmatto did anything they didn’t already make it seem like they wanted the community to do and they have made it abundantly clear with this situation that unless you’re on their payroll they don’t want people making content for their game.
They can take their “community” and twitch extensions and all that other crap and shove it I’m not watching or interacting with any content for their games. I might still buy it because it’s fun to play with my son and I enjoy it. But if this is how they deal with content creators, I can’t support anyone who’s complicit to that effect.
This community is the best, the “community” 2k wants is bs. Love all you guys though, and hopefully this sorts out. If not or new information doesn’t come to light to change my mind or apologies don’t ensue then I’ll assume 2K is in the wrong here. If I am wrong in my position I’ll retract my statement and stance.