According to this Ars Technica report
, Activision is using DMCA takedowns on YouTube videos that tell players how to use glitches and exploits in its latest Call of Duty title, Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare.
Over the weekend video network Machinima sent out a tweet warning other YouTube video makers that Activision was cracking down on videos that highlighted possible ways to cheat in Advanced Warfare:According to a subsequent and expanded statement from Machinima, the video network has warned partners about the perils of posting Call of Duty videos:
"Recently Machinima notified its network partners that posting content about Call of Duty videos may receive a strike if flagged by Activision," the statement obtained by Ars Technica reads. "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."
The Ars report goes on to note that Activision seems to be being selective in which videos its put CONTENTID strikes against videos showing glitches that are neutral or positive in tone are seemingly getting a free pass.