One of the (few) good things about playing video games in Australia is that, on days like this, when a massive game gets a global launch, we're among the very first to play as a result of time zones. But just in case you think the floodgates have opened, and you're free to upload videos of your Grand Theft Auto V shenanigans, Rockstar is still reserving the right to remove certain content from YouTube.
And it has created a short list to explain what's allowed and what's not allowed on its official website.
We’re happy for fans to upload footage of their gameplay - we love seeing machinima from our games and even share some of it with our fans on the Rockstar Newswire from time to time. We do have just a few guidelines that we ask you to follow if you are going to post or stream on video sharing sites.
To make our position on this subject easier to understand, we have put together a list of content that, if posted, would result in a take-down notice:
— 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.
— Spoilers: Posting video showing the ending of the game, pure cutscenes or any other big reveal in the story. It's ok to show cutscenes as part of a larger play-through (or in a narrated ‘Let’s Play’ type video) but isolated videos of the game's cinematics will be removed. If you are unsure if what you want to post is considered a spoiler, please contact [email protected] and describe exactly what scene you are wondering about and in what context the scene would appear.
— In-game Entertainment: Things like the TV shows and comedy performances in Grand Theft Auto IV, or the silent movies in Red Dead Redemption. We prefer fans to experience these in the context of the game's world, so any posting of these in isolation will be flagged for removal.
Rockstar also mentioned that it reserves the right to remove content on a case by case basis. But, realistically, it's in its best interests to allow users to share cool content online. Bring on the footage of tanks blowing stuff up!