Gamer Posts Vine Videos Spoiling GTA V, Microsoft Bans His Console For Life
September 16, 2013 9:52 AM
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GTA V Vine Leaks
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
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.
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9/16/2013 4:19:10 PM
He knew when the release date was, if it got to him early then nice, he should not have posted vids about it. He is in trouble for putting out videos, not playing it early. Many retailers send out preorders early so they arrive to the customer on launch day. Sometimes people get them early. I have gotten things early before, I counted myself lucky and just went on. The seller isn't liable for this guy's stupidity. He signed the EULA and ToS, not Amazon. It is his responsibility and his alone.
9/18/2013 1:31:31 PM
Don't know why you've been rated down when you're right. A lot of people here are fixating on the "he got it early" bit and consequently saying it's Amazon's fault (assuming he got it from them), which is not the issue.
The issue is he broke XBox Live ToS by posting game play footage of an as yet
game, which is what Microsoft have punished him for.
Whether or not the punishment is too harsh is another debate.
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