Are you a fan of the Grand Theft Auto series?
Do you run a YouTube channel about it? Perhaps featuring videos of glitches in the game?
Well if so, you should apparently be very cautious when it comes to showing bugs in GTA V or GTA Online. This is because various YouTube accounts about the game have been hit with copyright strikes by Take-Two Interactive and Rockstar Games.
For example, GoldenGunsGames had various videos showing you how to use glitches in GTA V. As a result, his account was hit with multiple copyright strikes in a matter of weeks. Here’s one of the videos that was taken down:
And another popular YouTuber (RazorGamesHD) warned about this on Twitter:
Any GTA glitcher that still has videos on your channel you are retarded because take 2 are coming for you next. Private all your glitches!
— RazorGamezHD (@RazorGamezHD) June 23, 2016
So yeah, it’s gotten bad over there.
But do you know what’s worse?
How absolutely shortsighted this decision by Rockstar/Take-Two is. Why? Because of two things really.
First up, most people who look for glitches in games don’t look for them to ‘cheat’, they look for them because it’s fun. Because it’s interesting to find bugs in games and do things the developers may not have intended you to. Or heck, because it helps when speedrunning the game, like with Really_Tall and his videos about Mario & Luigi Paper Jam.
So shutting down these accounts and attacking their videos is damaging whatever glitch scene the GTA series has. Rockstar and Take-Two have basically shut down the game’s speedrunning community.
It also doesn’t really help the ‘problem’. I mean okay, let’s assume Rockstar and co were really determined to stop people using unpatched glitches to cheat in their games.
Guess what? Removing videos doesn’t do this.
Instead, they just go underground. So what could have been common knowledge and patched really quickly now becomes known only by hardcore fans on exclusive gaming forums and social media sites. The end result?
The bugs they seem to dislike so much never get patched, because no one’s stupid enough to post about them publically or get their YouTube account struck down to do the same. They might even become valuable enough that people start selling them to those that want to use them to ‘cheat’. So now not only don’t the company know about the bugs, they end up funding a black market for them.
The real solution is to leave videos with glitches alone, and offer a bug bounty for anyone who reports bugs that people can use to cheat at the game. That’s sort of what sites like Facebook, Twitter, Twitch and GitHub do. You get paid money for reporting bugs and exploits, with rewards of up to around $40,000 if it’s serious enough. That’s a much better way to fix glitches in GTA Online or the likes, offer people an incentive to report any important ones and leave people’s YouTube accounts alone.
Either way, don’t post videos about GTA glitches on YouTube, unless you want them taken down. It’s unfortunate, but that’s what’s happening at the moment.