YouTube Shuts Down Popular Angry Video Game Nerd Channel

As of this morning, it appears that all of the videos on the well-liked Angry Video Game Nerd webseries have been removed from YouTube. Text on the landing page cites sever violations of YouTube terms of service, which seems to indicate that this wasn't a voluntary move on Rolfe's part. Update: It's back!

Chatter on NeoGAF and Facebook point at the copyright complaints related to games Rolfe talked about as the reason for the shutdown.

With a movie in production and, things were looking great for James Rolfe, the man behind AVGN. His brand of ranting — where he plays through and excoriates the bad old games of yesteryear — won him millions of fans over the six years he and his crew have been doing AVGN. The backlog of AVGN video can still be seen on Rolfe's Cinemasscre site. But, with more than more 900,000 subscribers and over 400 million views on YouTube, being exiled from the video service is a major blow to AVGN's visibility and revenue.

Kotaku has reached out to Rolfe and YouTube for comment and will update this story if they respond.

Update: It looks like the Cinemassacre channel page — where Angry Video Game Nerd videos live — is back up on YouTube. Here's what the page looked like when it was down this morning.

And now:


Comments

    So... Someone filed a bogus claim because they don't like him, it took a few hours to sort out.

      Though he got it sorted out, this is really bad if people can work together to troll a huge youtube uploader by getting his whole channel flagged for multiple violations. Youtube should change its policies so that they have to be the ones to cause the channel to close rather than letting third parties being able to do it straight up.

        What happens when they have millions of channels and limited manpower. It's impressive enough that they managed to work it out with the channel creator this quick. The sheer amount of content on youtube is insane

          Isn't it a similar fashion to the way FB deals with it? I though it was contracted out to a company who uses a management system (bots) to monitor and process complaints. It's mostly automated, hence interwebz thugs being able to exploit gaps in the coverage like so ^^.

    So a few idiots can flag an account and it gets banned?!
    Didn't know that.

      YouTube puts the onus on the uploader to prove they aren't breaking the law. It's ridiculous. A few months back ****ing NASA's channel was brought down because retarded news outlets were sending out broad take down notices across YouTube.

        I can't really blame them though. Without hiring an absurd amount of man power to verify every claim using bots and erring on the side of caution is the only way to make sure IP interest groups don't try to destroy their entire business and possibly send the owners/managers to prison.

      Kinda old news...

      Someone had a vendetta against all things Miku ages back and filed a multitude of false bot claims on any Miku vid... of course the thing is all Miku vids are pretty much licensed for public use and the only one with *real* claims for infringement would be the actual original artist/producer which normall allows free use of the vids...

      lotsa take downs from fake companies like SGA Toys and Jp Interactive Toys and whatnot xD

    Was this Sega's doing? I heard a bit about them filing mass copyright claims a short while ago.

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