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GTA V Vine Leaks  (Source: Gizmodo)
If you're going to leak footage, be smart enough to remove move your gamer tag from the video

A gamer going by the name of was able to get his hands on an early copy of GTA V ahead of its launch. Exactly how he was able to get hands on the early copy is unknown. The braggart wasn't happy simply inviting a few friends over and playing the game before most people got their hands on it; he instead decided to make hordes of short Vine videos in order to gain internet notoriety.

The problem with this plan was that he apparently left his Gamertag clearly visible in at least one of the videos he made. As a result, Microsoft banned his Xbox console for life from Xbox Live.

What that means is while he will be able to play off-line games on his console; he'll have to buy a new one to be able to access Xbox Live. He will also lose any achievements and other content associated with that Gamertag.


Rockstar has a very cut and dry policy on this sort of thing. The policy reads, "Pre-Release Footage: No pre-release leaked footage of any kind: Any posting of in-game footage from leaked copies of the game prior to its official release date will be taken down, regardless of how the game was obtained. This includes “early unboxing” videos."

At the time of writing, we were unable to get any of the video clips on Vine to launch. We don't know if that means they were taken down or if there's just so much traffic that the videos are unavailable. Indications are that the short videos show off the inside of houses, in-game smartphone, shooting mechanics, and much more.
 
GTA 5 set to officially launch tomorrow.

Sources: The Sixth Axis, VG247, Gizmodo



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corporate stupidity
By invidious on 9/16/2013 11:04:25 AM , Rating: 5
Way to turn free hype into bad press by negatively targetting the people who are the most enthusiastic about your product.

Rockstar has every right to take down the videos from a legal perpspective since it is in their EULA. But it is extremely stupid from a marketing perspective. GTA gets enough bad press as it is.

I don't see what grounds Microsoft has to ban this kids account from XBL. It's not like he hacked into XBL, they let him log in and play the game. If logging onto XBL with a game that isn't yet released is against the XBL EULA I'd like to see that language in the article. Why isn't Microsoft banning the tens of thousands of other people who do the same for almost every major release? I have played pre-release games at the houses of friends who work at gamestop on several occations as early as a week before release.

If it's not against the EULA I'd like to see the kid sue for the retail sum of all of the hardware and software that has been rendered unplayable. He probably wouldn't win but it would be nice to see someone stand up against this corporate crap.




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