YouTube Channels Showing GTA 5 Glitches Get Shutdown By Rockstar
GTA 5 Online
(Last Updated On: June 23, 2016)

If you have glitches up for GTA V or GTA Online, private or delete those videos. That’s the advice that’s been going around lately after several YouTube accounts have been hit with copyright strikes by Take-Two Interactive and Rockstar Games.

VG 24/7 reported on Rockstar going after YouTubers and having their accounts shutdown. One of those accounts was GoldenGunsGames, who was hit with multiple copyright strikes within the span of just a couple of weeks. Why? He had videos showing you how to exploit unfixed glitches in GTA V.

If you attempt to watch the videos now, you’ll be met with YouTube videos showing the following copyright notices.

Another YouTuber, RazorgamesHD, tweeted out that anyone making glitch videos need to hide, privatize or delete their videos right now!

Meanwhile, GoldenGunsGames has been receiving a lot of hate for Take-Two Interactive shutting down his channel. Many people are blaming him for hosting glitch videos on YouTube, others feel as if Rockstar should have fixed the glitches in GTA Online instead of targeting YouTubers, essentially attacking the symptom instead of the cause.

Glitch videos are an entire sub-culture on YouTube. Many YouTubers bring in massive amounts of views showing gamers various glitches, cheats and exploits in video games. Cheats and glitches have existed since the dawn of software, and before YouTube there were these things called Game Genies and GameSharks, they allowed users to modify the hexadecimal codes in games to either activate or create cheats.

In today’s era, major publishers try to dissuade cheating culture by convincing newbies that cheating is wrong. Instead they sell you cheats via DLC, like Saints Row or the Shark Cards for GTA Online. Gamers are now being indoctrinated to believe that unfixed bugs and glitches in games being exploited are borderline illegal or the fault of the person who found them and not the developer who has failed to fix them.

Nevertheless, Take-Two and Rockstar shutting down YouTube channels hosting GTA V glitches is nothing new. A year ago they were doing the same thing, even managing to pull a channel down that had more than 440,000 subscribers called Sirnando. After that incident a lot of other YouTubers posting GTA V content refrained from showing in-game glitches or ways to cheat.

However, after YouTube tried to make the copyright procedures more in favor of creators to take advantage of Fair Use for creative, educational or parody videos, YouTubers began posting GTA V glitch videos again. And like clockwork, Take-Two Interactive went right back to hitting those channels with copyright strikes.

At this point it’s rather obvious that Rockstar does not want anyone to gain a monetary advantage in GTA Online… unless they pay real money for it through microtransactions.


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  • DoctorKillpatient

    Thought I was going to buy GTAV during Steam summer sale – not gonna happen now.

  • Dank Farts

    We said this would happen you shills.

  • C G Saturation

    What a world.

  • Cheshire

    Can’t fault them for protecting the balance of the game, and their income. If this was offline, I’m sure R* wouldn’t have given a hoot.

    • Ehh, what? How is this “protecting the balance of the game” when you can buy unlimited amounts of Shark Cards and still make infinite amounts of money? The only difference is that you have to pay Rockstar for infinite amounts of virtual money instead of cheating to get it.

      • C G Saturation

        Making their company rich(er) is the perfect balance, as far as they’re concerned.

      • Cheshire

        Are all glitches about the money, then? Huh. I figured there had to be more glitches being exploited than that.

        • Majority of glitches are about money, but even for the ones that aren’t, why on Earth is it a good thing for Rockstar to completely nuke an entire YouTube channel over exploits players are using? The common sense thing to do is use the data to fix the exploits and temp ban the players.

          • Bitterbear

            But that costs more money than sending a DMCA notice.

          • Cheshire

            That’s just the way Youtube works, sadly. They want to take down the video’s, which is understandable. They want to limit the spread of this glitch and prevent more people from taking advantage of it. But nuking the video means they nuke the channel. Which is where they should have taken a step back and handled it differently. But most of the fault lies with YT, IMO.

    • Elilla Shadowheart

      Maybe they should just patch the glitches then? I know…novel concept.

  • Michael P

    What happened to you Rockstar, you used to be cool? Now you’re just a money hungry, uptight asshole with too much time on your hands.

    And where the fuck is Red Dead 3?

  • anopolis

    ya know, our entire system from top to bottom might need a bit of reform. it seems as if every law put into place does more harm than good. I totally understand rockstar not wanting people to gain an unfair and unearned advantage..sure who wouldn’t? but ding dang..they also need to bite something that sounds like our ass….it rhymes with our ass too!!!…because its our ass

  • scemar

    Nice example of how copyright can and is used for censorship that has no justification