Activision is on the lookout for Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare videos on YouTube that exhibit glitches in the game. The publisher is taking down these videos so that players will not be able to “exploit” these glitches.
The videos that are being taken down by Activision are not being done randomly; rather, all of them share the same kind of glitch, which either exploits the game or enables cheating. At least, that’s what Activision is saying. In a statement sent to Kotaku, Activision has this to say:
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. We are appreciative of the community’s support in helping to ensure that everyone has the best playing experience possible.
From that statement, it seems that Activision didn’t change much on its policy with regards to flagging videos. True enough, a quick search on YouTube shows that there are still gameplay videos of Advanced Warfare glitches.
However, Machinima is concerned for its network partners as having a video flagged is a big issue for any YouTuber. Machinima issued this statement with regards to the issue:
Recently Machinima notified it’s network partners that posting content about Call of Duty videos may receive a strike if flagged by Activision. Machinima was prompted to take this action in order to inform its network partners so that they would remain in good standing on YouTube. When a channel receives a certain number of strikes it is possible that they may be blocked as a YouTube partner. Machinima’s actions are to protect not only its network partners, but its publisher partners as well.
Once three strikes have been accumulated by a YouTube account, the account will be deleted permanently. Considering how important YouTube channels are to a video network like Machinima, perhaps a better resolution can be achieved between Activision and the media.