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Battlefield 3 alpha tester in trouble for leaking gameplay videos

Remember yesterday when we told you all about Battlefield 3 weapon customization and gun recoil? Well in this post we embedded some videos which were found on YouTube, it turns out that the person who uploaded these videos was not authorized to do this and has landed himself / herself in trouble with EA.

This news was revealed on DICE’S Global Battlefield Community Manager’s Twitter account (@zh1nt0), a tweet posted roughly 30 minutes ago simply said “musa920217 is going bye bye ;)” it turns out that this referred to the gamer who published these videos, so don’t be too surprised if they are removed from YouTube pretty soon. You can see a brief extract of a conversation we had with DICE’s community manager below, as you can see DICE are very unhappy that musa920217 ignored the alpha’s non-disclosure agreement. When you sign up to the Battlefield 3 alpha you have to agree terms and conditions, you can find out all about NDA’s here.

The videos which were submitted show off many aspects of the game, especially the weapon customization options, we were very impressed by the videos, despite some minor glitches and most people watched the videos said the same, however they have ruined a bit of the surprise surrounding the Modern Warfare 3 rival.

We are not sure what this means for musa920217, obviously we can confidently presume that his access to the game’s beta has been cut short, but we wonder whether any legal action will be taken. Let’s face it the leaked videos could potentially have a massive impact on game sales, that said we think that most of the revelations were positive, so we don’t think they made a negative impact. BF3 alpha videos shared on a certain YouTube channel have already racked up well over 200,000 views (combined) which is massive considering the fact that the videos first arrived on YouTube 3 days ago, the YourGamingTeam YouTube channel claims that they are allowed to upload BF3 alpha videos, we are not yet sure if this true, but it is a bold claim which we are investigating.

In the last few minutes we have heard that another Battlefield 3 alpha gamer has been also been punished for leaking Battlefield 3 videos on his YouTube channel, therefore if you was thinking of doing the same take this as a serious warning. These tweets revealed this news.

What do you think about ignorant gamers leaking alpha gameplay footage, do you think it has a massive impact on a game’s success or do you look past early alphas? Let us know in the comments section below.

We will update this post as we here more.

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