As we saw last Friday when the ‘Battlefield 1’ trailer dropped the Internet proceeded to assplode all over itself, liking and sharing the trailer so fast it was hard for YouTube to even update the video’s metrics. Now that the dust has settled the results are in, and the ‘Battlefield 1′ trailer is officially the ‘most liked’ video game trailer in the history of YouTube, and it’s already in the top 250 most liked YouTube videos of all time.
If you haven’t seen those trailers yet you can see both (and a whole bunch of screenshots) in our coverage from last week, or you can check out the Battlefield 1 Official Reveal Trailer right here, which is now up to over 1.239 million ‘likes’
As reported by Paul Tassi on Forbes.com, ‘these numbers are not normal’. In fact these numbers are so abnormal that Forbes suggests there’s a massive ‘bot’ scheme to artificially inflate/deflate the numbers of the two trailers:
I started drafting this article yesterday, and by the time I’m going to publish now, both have amassed another 2-300,000 likes/dislikes. Refreshing the page, both are getting about 5-10 a second. This is not normal. 95% of the other videos in these most liked/disliked lists are music videos that people play repeatedly for obvious reasons, and many have taken years to amass their numbers.
I just don’t believe that anyone has the capacity to organize a campaign to massively like/dislike these two trailers on this level. Rather, it has to be some kind of botting push. The only thing that makes me think this might not be the case is that YouTube seems to have no interest stepping in, but if I was Activision, I would certainly want this investigated.
There’s nothing inherently wrong with the ‘Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare’ trailer, which you can see here, so this is actually a pretty interesting accusation of botting put forth by Paul Tassi, one that’ll certainly be interesting to watch in the coming days as YouTube gets a handle on what malfeasance may or may not be going on.