Rockstar Bans GTA 5 Streams, Videos, Pictures, User Accounts

Gaming Blend "Rockstar Games and Take Two Interactive aren't playing around. They've been shutting down every single stream, video outlet, social media account and photo library they can that contains anything remotely related to Grand Theft Auto V that they didn't approve."

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yellowgerbil1324d ago

Here let me give video witness of a crime I am committing. smart.

clevernickname1324d ago

What crime? There are many people that managed to get legitimite copies early.

irepbtown1324d ago

There is no crime. BUT IF there is, the blame is on the retailers NOT the customer.

Elit3Nick1323d ago

I'm pretty sure though that there's an NDA on posting gameplay before the game is officially released, but if they're banning people who aren't streaming it, then that's stupid...

SilentNegotiator1323d ago (Edited 1323d ago )

Like it's hurting GTA5 anyway.

Every article I've read showing leaked pics/vids have read thusly: "HNNNNNGGGGGGG! GTA5 is the greatest game ever because of its content volume! HNNNNNGGGGGGG!"

They just know that any controversy is free advertisement and both the leaks and the backlash to the leaks make for almost constant free online advertisement.

Gamer19821323d ago

There not getting copies early the game leaked on the net for 360 and ps3 pirates on Wednesday.. The thing is PC games don't get leaked until after release any more thanks to new copyrights. Yet PC didn't get a release part thanks to piracy (there was other reasons to like holding it back for max console sales and so people buy 2 copies). How ironic is that?

Syntax-Error1323d ago

Hey CLEVERNICKNAME, have you ever heard of embargo. Regardless if it's a legitimate copy you CANNOT STREAM, PHOTOGRAPH, OR SHOW VIDEO OF THE GAME. How old are you?

clevernickname1323d ago


Are you serious? Do you know the law? Are you familiar with the doctrine of fair use? You have absolutely no clue; consumers are not bound by any nondisclosure agreement.

MRMagoo1231323d ago


There are no NDAs to consumers lol you cant be part of a binding contract with out signing it let alone even seeing one in the first place.

That is about as dumb as the NDA MS supposedly put on themselves for their own console lol.

Christopher1323d ago


@Elit3Nick: A customer doesn't agree to any NDA. Only those who test the game and receive review copies of the game do that.

@Syntax-Error: Embargoes only apply to review sites/publications and are not legal agreements but notices of "common courtesy". A site can post this material ahead of schedule, but then they are blacklisted from R* in regards to ever getting review copies, interviews, or the like again.


There is zero illegal about a person buying a copy of the game early from a retailer, playing it, and posting those videos online.

All we have here is R* abusing their claims of copyright violation to prevent any part of the game from being seen before the release date.

What is completely wrong here is that the accounts of the people who are doing this, not illegally at all as they have no notice that they cannot show the gameplay via a video stream or the like, are getting their accounts banned on XBL and/or PSN. This reeks of an abuse of power on R* and Microsoft/Sony's part.

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Lykon1324d ago

Banning accounts and consoles though? It's a bit over the top. These kids are excited fans showing off that's all.

blennerville1324d ago (Edited 1324d ago )

permanent banning consoles is over the top, yes, tempory bans for a week or till tuesday it ok i think, though a little harse ?

to be honest i actually think streams like magic mike are helping Rockstar - as long as they only show messing around and dont show missions. R* should just attack the streams.

Number-Nine1323d ago

rules are rules. they know the risk and continue to do it. they deserve to be banned.

Lykon1323d ago

I've not seen the rules. SO lets say I was living in an arab state, got hold of a copy early . Hadn't seen any warnings etc ..and uploaded a vid. would I deserve to then have my account banned and console disabled from ever accessing online service? I hope these people were at least sent a warning first.

Gamer19821323d ago

There banning consoles as 360 owners have got copies of the game just go to sites like pirate bay there are copies of the game already available and have been since Wednesday when it got released.

Christopher1323d ago

***rules are rules. they know the risk and continue to do it. they deserve to be banned.***

I agree, rules are rules.

The problem? No rules were broken here. None.

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Lord_Sloth1324d ago

Playing purchased video game, now against the law.

laijka1324d ago

Not everyone purchased it.

Lord_Sloth1323d ago

^ Conversely, not every1 being banned pirated it. If 5 people kill 5 other people but you have 10 suspects should you really just execute all 10?

Gardenia1323d ago

I still think it is strange that Rockstar almost never reveal gameplay, even 1 week before the release. I guess that's part of their strategy

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ZBlacktt1324d ago

People will just make dummy accounts.

slimeybrainboy1324d ago

They can still ban entire consoles.

NBT911324d ago

Yep I got banned from PSN for a week and it was an entire console ban, not even an IP ban.

Vip3r1324d ago

Mean while, there's a 3240+ post'd thread on neogaf with gifs and video link every second post lol.

r1sh121324d ago

just search gta v leak on youtube.
1 user has already put 30 videos up.
Random crap and the 1st mission!!
The game looks good!

Are_The_MaDNess1324d ago

aton of live streams on Russian sites that run for hour after hour without giving shit about RS. good quality too. for a live stream.

SIRHC131324d ago

Hard to resist watching, but I want my experience to be completely fresh. I've watched a few primarily to monitor the performance on the respective system and the game runs great, much better than IV.

I think that should be enough information to satisfy me until Tuesday.

Are_The_MaDNess1324d ago

agreed, alot smoother than 4. tho im worried about texture quality and such tho. since i have seen quite a few bad once sadly :/

Scatpants1324d ago

The textures look great. especially on the characters. Almost next gen looking.

KwietStorm1324d ago

Pretty easy to resist for me.