According to a report from Kotaku, Activision has reportedly been striking videos that shows glitches in Call of Duty titles, especially some of the map glitches in Advanced Warfare. An exert from a Machinima email to partners stated that Activision has been “issuing strikes on videos showing glitches.”

Activision responded to Kotaku stating that they’re operating under the same policy has always, which means they’re only going after videos that may help other players cheat.

“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.”

But, Machinima is stating that Activision is going further than that – taking down many videos that have been showing off Call of Duty’s less polished elements. A search on YouTube shows that there are still many Call of Duty glitches videos still up and untouched.

Machinima issued the following statement:

“Recently Machinima notified it’s network partners that posting content about Call of Duty videos may receive a strike if flagged by Activision. 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.”

SOURCE: Kotaku, @BroTeamPhill

  • Kyoshilonehearted

    At first this angered me when I saw the title, but I can definitely see the logic in taking down videos that show map exploits. That’s basically opening flood gates for idiots to use those exploits.

    • HenryDF

      “Machinima is stating that Activision is going further than that – taking down many videos that have been showing off Call of Duty’s less polished elements”

      This…not so good. “Less polished” could be as much as mentioning an error made by Sledgehammer in development and criticising it, just take a look at Drift0r’s latest video on misaligned sniper sights.

      Exploits, I get. But if they start taking down videos highlighting mistakes in the game (that give nobody an advantage, just make people aware of the error), that’s a bit stupid.

      • jordanxbrookes

        You know what’s funny? I said to everyone on Twitter that sniping in AW is very hard because I can’t get my shots on target, and everyone replied saying I was just bad. Then I saw Drift0r’s video on these broken snipers and thought, PHEW I’m not going crazy.

        • HenryDF

          I’d experienced the same problem with the MORS, though I just blamed it on either it being more difficult to hit targets with the new movements, or the sniper rifles being harder to use.

          I guess I was close with my second point, but seriously Sledgehammer, how hard it is to align sniper sights? It’s been done fine in every recent CoD game, don’t see how they can go wrong this time round.

          • jordanxbrookes

            It’s like I’ve said on Twitter, 3 years to polish and perfect a Call of Duty game, and they end up having more things broken than a normal 2-year CoD. The game is still fun, but what a crap launch AW had.

        • George Claude

          fatty XD

      • Partyin’ Pete

        That was just speculation from Machinima, though. Could be true, but still.

    • NuttyTheSquirrel

      They don’t give a shit about the map exploits. It just makes the game look bad.

      It’s funny to see that you think they really give a shit about players exploiting the map. It’s more about getting money than caring about the players.

      • jooker-jr
        • NuttyTheSquirrel

          Do you know how Activision actually works? You don’t seem to know.

          • jooker-jr

            So they are not allowed to do something positive ?

          • NuttyTheSquirrel

            How is that positive? They are taking many glitch videos down, not only the map exploits.

          • jooker-jr

            That’s the positive thing, they try to take down all video thus preventing glitchers and make the game a bit more fun.

    • Yes, BUT if the game had been properly tested and put through the ringer before release, the problem would likely not exist. I lived in a time when games couldn’t possibly receive patches online and we got finished games at publish.

    • Common Sense

      shouldn’t it open the floodgates for their sorry asses to get off the couch and fix their game?? surely you can’t be this stupid. He is and quit calling him shirley.

      and where are dedicated servers? I literally can’t play this game at all. Skill based matching in pubs + terrible connection? I’m not playing. Freaking stupid. I hate the way the world is now. Everytime something good comes around money freaking ruins it.

    • John Blue

      I first thought at the title that they are trying to cover up glitches and bugs 😀

  • really….the glitches are patched now so what…..unless, what is being shown are new glitches then yes

  • Brack Valet

    God forbid the developers actually fix the bugs in a timely manner.

  • Wow. This is almost comical. I posted a TmarTn vid showing him promoting the shotgun exploit and it was removed. Now this article shows up 2 days later.

    • spartanelite

      Shotgun exploit?

      • Drasadex

        apparently you can make the Tac-19 “shoot faster”.

      • Yep

      • Yep. Sorry for not relying.

  • Rorke File

    Good, so no one uses this bad patches, and why the article of WAW 2 is still not up


      because ur retarded

    • ScOott

      Waw2 ?

      • Grigori

        Look at the other comment

        • ScOott

          Erghf why has this guy been called a retard n a noob cuz he got something wrong, the Internet annoys me… Thanks for reply any way

    • jordanxbrookes

      Because World at War 2 hasn’t been confirmed noob.

  • Petta Dahlström

    Just imagine if they could do the same with the endless of hack videos. But i guess thats a lost battle for Activision & Co

  • MrGladiator20

    And all those youtubers that make a living posting glitches…

  • Duke of hazard

    Take them down so they don’t get exploited. This should have been done years ago.

  • k5berry

    Isn’t the search showing glitch vids contradicting what Machinima said about them striking the less-polished portions? If they’re only taking down the exploits, wtf’s the big deal?

  • JDahn

    SHG can’t even make a game without millions of glitches and that’s why they strike every video showing glitches. Because it shows that they suck. I was a huge fan of CoD until BO2 ,but after Ghosts and now AW I’m really sad because I feel like CoD died. Even the sales of AW are dissapointing compared to the previous CoDs.

    • spartanelite

      I mean if you think Activision makes Cod then you are clueless every game has gliches and the only bad Cod you named was Ghost

      • JDahn

        No ,activision does not make the games but it’s responsible for the strikes on youtube. Also ,the bad CoD I named was Ghosts and AW ,not just Ghosts. Maybe you like AW but it’s your opinion and I respect it but I have a different one.

        • spartanelite

          No you said black ops2

      • meow

        hes kidna right activision are the ones that makes the rules they are the ones that shut four delta one down, they are the ones not giving you dedicated servers, they are the ones that force devs to release unfinished games (ghosts), they are the ones who are dishing out a cod every year when it takes devs take 5-6 years to develop and beta test to a well polished game.

    • jooker-jr

      Proof ?

      • JDahn

        Proof for what? If you’re talking about the sales ,analysts said that AW’s launch was not the best of the series and Activision didn’t announce that AW had the best launch in CoD history like they did for BO2…

        • jooker-jr

          They can’t break their records every single year, that’s just impossible.

          • JDahn

            But that’s what they did from MW2 to BO2.

          • jooker-jr

            Let me give u a better example : Sony sold more than 180 million ps2 consoles since the launch of it, the PS3 didn’t reach that number, does that mean that Sony is bad at the market ?

          • JDahn

            You are talking about different stuff here. The price of the PS2 was significantly lower than the price of the PS3. CoD costs the same every year. However ,now they have so many micro-dlcs.

          • jooker-jr

            Yeah I forgot that :

            But three other reasons came to my mind :
            1- cod is an annual release and a lot of people hate that.
            2- the compitition : not a lot of people like fast-paced games, I mean if u looked at cod 6 days if u wanted to play a solid FPS on consoles the your only option is probably cod.
            Now with BF4 and other FPSs with new ideas, cod will have a hard time selling.
            3- I noticed that a lot people like team oriented games like CS:GO, BF and rainbow six.

  • jordanxbrookes

    This is both good and bad. It’s good because it means it will stop hordes of players from using map exploits and glitches to gain an unfair advantage, but it’s bad because there might be more glitches and map exploits out there that need to be shown to Sledgehammer or ATVI to get it fixed, but they are automatically flagging the video proof of it and so those glitches and exploits might not get fixed.

  • ccrows

    I guess TMart’s video will be taken down for exposing the biggest glitch in the game… 🙁

    • jordanxbrookes


    • Juses

      No way Activision will give him a strike.

  • Xecho



    I got the game on the xbox 360, a week early, on the Friday before the game was out I went in to a lobby it was glitched, I went to level 50 of 1 kill, I was fuming. Why buy a game to hack it its pointless. thank fuck my status was reset.

    • Xecho

      Hacked lobby

    • Damien Pillsbury

      What did you think would happen why you tried to play online before anyone was supposed to have the game? lol

  • Guywithbrains

    Good photoshop or real? You decide.

    • Grigori

      It is early but it looks real, I hope it’s fking real! That game would be amazing! This is what we are asking for!

  • ConorGamingzHD

    Get them all deleted!

  • #HUG

    if your video has the words Call of duty Advanced Warfare and Glitch in it it gets striked ;-; it happened to mine, which only was showing the spawn glitch happening to me, which i have no idea how it works and also dont show how. which then shows activision is trying to cover up the faults of this game. i love AW but there are times where it is completely broken.

  • Tep Kok

    “What’s that guys? Fix the game instead instead of just going on a mass censorship spree? LALALALALA WE CAN’T HEAR YOOOOOOOOOOOOOUUU”


  • J4MES

    ‘Promoting cheating’ or showcasing how broken parts of the game is? You be the judge..

    I’ve seen a few high profile channels talk in detail and demonstrate these glitches but I bet they don’t get taken down..

  • The Nuke Project

    I hate when peoplle glitch all the time… it ruins the game completely when u wanna play fair and how it is supposed to be played… Its like seeing ghosts in advanced warfare fml… please stop cheating, or ill fking report every single ass of u.. thx.

  • Favorite Ape

    History shows that censorship is the best way to solve problems. Take down all those glitch videos, and ones showing how broken the game is, and it will magically solve all those problems! Heck, might as well delete posts exposing problems with the game as long as your at it.

  • Guest

    Guys in my video I came across a guy glitching and killing me so I put it in cos it was a WTF moment. I didn’t show how to do it, I just showed me being killed by it. Does that count?–gx9rBjUXLtqA

    • Juses

      Lol. I flagged ur comment.

      • FazalGaming


        • Juses

          That’s a sniper montage.

          • umadbro?

            Lo i just flaged ur comment Juses SUCK DICK

  • PhotosForTheBugle

    I almost think they should leave the videos up until they patch the glitches. What I do is I look them up so I know how assholes get to where they are so I can kill them next I see someone glitch on top of a map. One of those videos is how I figured out that you can kill people who are doing the elevator glitch on Horizon.

  • Doesnt seem like many glitch videos were taken down. Thats fine they dont want glitch videos out there for people to learn from, but taking down videos that show ‘less polished’ elements of the game is a slippery slope.

  • ben wills

    More like they don’t want everyone knowing the game is broken as balls, which has been apparent since day “zero”.

  • SM-X

    You have to realize that by posting glitches, we are helping them find out where their game has issues and that they should resolve it…

  • DopeAap

    Lel, i remember in 2010 a guy on reddit said that Activision should strike youtube videos that show gamebreaking glitches like these. Their a little late imo 😛

  • THEAVENGER2015 .

    yep the days of being cheating scum bag are over so if you want to do that go back to ghost or black os2,i hope keep doing things to remove the cheating cancer out of call of duty,activision bless you guys for stepping up an doing the right think,an all you cheating hacking spawn traping tryhards by,by

  • fsdf

    suck it up its your glitches fix it baby bitches