Been playing Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare? I’m sure you’ve experienced some kind of lag at some point, but thankfully it looks like it’s getting better. A whole other problem though are some of the exploits that exist. Gamers have taken to YouTube to showcase all manners of stuff that really don’t belong in the core game experience. They should be careful, as Activision are looking to ban any videos that they believe promotes these exploits or any kind of cheating.
Last week, Machinima sent out the following warning to their partners (via Eurogamer)
“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.”
Sounds rather ominous, but what is a copyright strike exactly? (via Google Support)
Receiving a copyright strike will put your account in bad standing and you will lose access to certain YouTube features. If you receive three copyright strikes, your account will be terminated. All the videos uploaded to your account will be removed. Users with terminated accounts aren’t able to create new accounts.
Imagine you are a famous YouTuber who is currently playing Advanced Warfare. You spot a few exploits and you post them up so others can see. It doesn’t matter whether you are doing it for hits or just general public awareness, because next thing you know, Activision is breathing down your neck and issuing strikes against your channel. Would you want to lose your videos and your following? I know I wouldn’t.
Naturally, this caused an uproar amongst some, resulting in accusations of censorship against Activision. They’ve issued the following response.
“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.”
I see nothing wrong with attempting to stop people from exploiting and cheating (or those promoting both). I just think Activision are going about it the wrong way. Instead of issuing strikes against YouTubers, why don’t they, you know, fix whatever that particular YouTuber is showing? YouTube is the perfect platform for showcasing or reporting any kind of bug, because you can see exactly how it works or where it happens.
Maybe that’s just me though. Do you think Activision are handling this the right way? Do you think they are perfectly right to step in and issue strikes against videos showcasing exploits? Leave your thoughts below.
Last Updated: November 25, 2014