Escape From Tarkov devs lodge DMCA strikes over YouTuber’s ‘misinformation’ and ‘negative hype’

    
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It’s been a couple of years since we had one of these stories about a game studio filing DMCA complaints in an attempt to silence criticism, but here we are again: As Polygon reports, the studio is Battlestate Games, the developer behind Escape From Tarkov, and the critic is YouTuber Eroktic, purveyor of a Tarkov-centric channel with over 300 videos on the game.

DMCA takedowns on YouTube and elsewhere are intended to be used for actual copyright claims, but Battlestate told Polygon its takedowns against Eroktic’s channel were targeting “incorrect information and overall negativity,” specifically about Eroktic’s claim of a data breach within the game; the studio rep appears to say that it issued strikes en masse and is reviewing them only now to see which ones actually had “issues with the law and with negative rhetorics.” Eroktic says at least 47 of his videos had received claims, though only two mentioned the security leak rumor that Battlestate denies.

Battlestate’s Facebook posts on the topic denounce Eroktic as “purposefully destructive” not-valid criticism and suggest the community “take a comprehensive approach to [the company’s] assessment before moving on to a new wave of accusations.” Polygon’s piece nevertheless includes commentary from multiple influencers and content creators who have parted ways with Tarkov in support of Eroktic following the incident.

MMO players will recall that in 2017, Wargaming came under similar fire for threatening to lodge copyright claims against a YouTuber in perpetuity because of his highly critical video about its World of Tanks monetization tactics, although the company did apologize and retract the threat after the scandal went public.

Source: Polygon

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Robert Mann

DMCA is not there for this. Derp.

Now, if he’s saying things that are not true, you can take the matter up via other legal recourse, which is far more painful for him… just it also takes more time, effort, and cash to pursue.

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cursedseishi

Not much more to be added… Crap Russian developers abuse US-Based systems to not only silence a critic, but they intentionally struck him three separate times in order to completely remove his channel. And then double down on it because, hey, they’re Russian and nothing is going to happen or be done about it since they don’t need to worry.

Crap people are crap.

And it’s even more hilarious because despite their claims of defamation… They refused to use the Defamation report that Youtube ALSO gives users. But, had they’d done that, it only would of blocked his videos from showing up in their little neck of the woods…

This was done as a threat, and shockingly it isn’t even the only reports of shady, disgusting behavior these so-called “developers” have happily participated on from what I’ve seen. I’d seen people who had their account’s stolen and credit cards fraudulently charged and BSG refused to do anything to rectify it because ‘security issues aren’t our concern’. When they contacted their bank to issue chargebacks and report it as fraudulent? BSG apparently banned the users account and changed it to “sorry, we don’t refund banned accounts”.

F*** ’em. It also shows a good reason why they’ve kept from releasing their game on Steam’s storefront for as long as they have too.

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McGuffn

The guy that was harassed by World of Tanks still seems to be making videos for them. Sad.

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Veldara

Little did they realize they just admitted to committing perjury by openly stating that the dmca takedowns were based on anything but copyright violations.

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rafael12104

Yup. Freaking incredible how often it happens.

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NecroFox4

Came here for this. Not disappointed.

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Arktouros

Yea not too many fans of people who censor their critics. No sir. Not at all. One could easily argue that censoring your critics shows an immense lack of character showing that criticism was entirely justified. Hopefully these developers learn that lesson in all this but I wouldn’t hold my breath.

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Bryan Correll

I was typing out a response about this likely being an abuse of Youtube’s policies, but then I realized everyone reading this already knew that.

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agemyth 😩

While technically it is also a Youtube policy, this is something strictly enforced by the DMCA. Most websites based around user generated content have automated systems that will take down videos for companies immediately and only have them reviewed later.

This also dramatically affects the result of a video’s potential monetization or disables it entirely. Even if the video does get unbanned days or weeks later the bulk of potential views for a new video will be gone. It can be pretty nasty for people who rely on this income which is why many creators have turned to things like Patreon.

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TheHiveLeader

Should’ve just issued a statement saying the YouTuber was incorrect. That’d be a pretty easy way to mitigate the spread of false information. The DMCA method will only end poorly.

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McGuffn

If it is correct that also would have ended poorly though lol.

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TheHiveLeader

Well yeah. This is assuming the YouTuber wasn’t telling the truth or just didn’t know any better.

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rafael12104

Thanks for posting this vid. It was very informative and for the first time, I have a clear understanding of copyright strikes, DMCA takedowns and their abuse from a legal perspective.

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DeadlyAccurate

Yeah…let me know how that works out for you guys.