If you make and publish YouTube videos focusing on the exploits within Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare‘s multiplayer component, you might receive a copyright violation notice and see your work taken down by Activision.
Call of Duty YouTubers, like the one you see in the clip below, have reported what’s going on themselves. They put up a video detailing a glitch, cheat or exploit, and Activision slaps them with a copyright strike. That’s obviously really bad for the content creator.
Eurogamer received a statement from Activision regarding their recent video pulling activity. The odd thing? They say that their “level of video claims hasn’t changed.” I wonder how true that is. Here’s the statement.
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.
While I understand that Activision certainly wants to keep the game free of cheaters, slapping YouTube creators with violations of copyright for sharing exploits seems like the least community friendly way to create a cheat free environment. Why not just patch out the problems? I understand that’s the more expensive way, but it doesn’t generate the same levels of anger from the otherwise supportive community.
What do you think about Activision’s measure?