Nintendo eliminates some of its tough restrictions on how YouTube creators can monetize gameplay and live streaming content with a new set of guidelines for creators, announced Wednesday night.
YouTube creators who want to monetize their content are no longer forced to join Nintendo's controversial Nintendo Partner Program. Those working under YouTube's partnership program – a level that allows the company to run ads on videos that allow creators to generate advertising revenue through Google's AdSense – will simply qualify. As part of the policy change, Nintendo closes its creative program next month.
"As long as you follow some basic rules, we will not oppose your use of game sequences and / or screenshots captured from games for which Nintendo has copyright in the game. content that you create for the appropriate image and video sharing sites "The Nintendo website reads.
These rules include the provision of unique comments or "creative contributions". This means that Let's creations or livestreams with original comments are acceptable. Prior to these changes, Nintendo had clarified that only videos downloaded through the Nintendo Partner Program were viable for AdSense revenue and that the guidelines for sequences that could be used were much stricter. Nintendo's new rules, however, state that if the creators "wish to use the intellectual property of a third party, you are responsible for obtaining the necessary third party permissions". This means that the music of third party artists can not be used. these videos or livestreams, for example.
The new Nintendo guidelines further indicate that the download of an "existing Nintendo video, game footage without your own creative contribution or a copy of the content created by someone else's." other "is forbidden and will be deleted. You'll be able to "publish game videos and screen shots using Nintendo system features, such as the capture button on the Nintendo Switch, with no additional input or comment." That sounds like a confusing distinction, but it does would look like any movie captured directly through your device Change is a fair game.
The company's decision to mitigate YouTube creators who want to use gameplay can be viewed by the community of players as a long-standing victory. Many video game experts on YouTube, including videogamedunkey and ProtoMario, have expressed frustration with Nintendo's monetization requirements. Nintendo's new guidelines also apply to Twitch, where Twitch Partner members can now generate advertising revenue on their feeds.
It's no coincidence that Nintendo lifted its severe restrictions before the Super Smash Bros. Ultimate launch on the switch. A dedicated community surrounds the game and should be one of Nintendo's most important games this year. Allowing users to download and monetize tutorials, live games, and other useful videos is one way to work with the YouTube community before the game is launched.
Super Smash Bros. Ultimate will be published on December 7th.