It’s been nearly a month since the launch of Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare and already the buzz around Activision‘s latest has seemingly died down. Sure, there was talk of the game being the “Biggest Entertainment Launch of the Year,” but where past years have kept Call of Duty in the news cycle for months, Advanced Warfare news has been hard to come by.
With that, however, we bring an interesting news bit focused on Advanced Warfare glitch videos and Activision’s decisive action against them. As the story goes, Activision is hitting YouTube video makers with copyright takedowns left and right if their video contains any Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare glitches.
Popular YouTube network Machinima confirmed the Activision copyright claims by issuing a warning e-mail out to their clients. Essentially, the letter tells Machinima partners that Activision plans to remove any and all videos featuring Advanced Warfare glitches, which in turn will hit the video maker with a strike. Three strikes on a user’s YouTube account and its gone. No more Machinima partnership either.
“Activision is being particularly vigilant about their Call of Duty videos lately; issuing strikes on videos showing glitches. If you post videos highlighting these glitches, your channel may be liable to receive a copyright strike so please be careful.”
After word of the copyright takedown surfaced, many criticized Activision for enacting what they believed was a harsh form of censorship. In their minds, Activision is trying to keep videos featuring glitches and bugs away from public view – in essence hiding their game’s flaws.
Activision was quick to respond to these assumptions, explaining that their only goal with the copyright claims was to keep any cheats and exploits from proliferating. They simply didn’t want players learning how to gain an unfair advantage in Advanced Warfare‘s online multiplayer.
“We’re excited that so many fans are having fun playing the game and posting videos of their gameplay. We love watching the videos ourselves. Occasionally, some folks post videos that promote cheating and unfair exploits. As always, we keep an eye out for these videos – our level of video claims hasn’t changed.”
In this case it seems more likely that some gamers were trying to spin a story against Activision more than anything else. Obviously Activision is an easy target and so is Call of Duty, but in our experience with Advanced Warfare (read our review) we saw very few bugs or glitches. Exploits, on the other hand, there were plenty of those and they soured the multiplayer experience.
Do you think Activision is really cracking down on exploit videos? Have you encountered any game-breaking bugs in Advanced Warfare?
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