By now content creators are pretty used to how particular Nintendo is with their YouTube policies. However, many YouTube users got quite the shock when Nintendo released a new rule for their Creator’s Program. In an email sent out to the members of the Nintendo Creators Program a new policy was outlined stating, “Live streaming on YouTube falls outside the scope of the Nintendo Creator’s Program. This means you cannot broadcast content on YouTube Live from the account you have registered to the Nintendo Creators Program.”
The only way around the restriction is to remove your YouTube account from the Nintendo Creators Program altogether. Nintendo has not specified the reasoning behind the new guidelines, nor whether the rule pertains to sites like Twitch as well. One thing is for sure, many content creators are voicing their concern for the new guidelines on social media and causing quite an uproar.
This is certainly not the first time people have expressed frustration with Nintendo’s policies regarding YouTube. Nintendo has been notorious for flagging videos featuring gameplay of their titles. Content creators are unable to monetize any videos featuring Nintendo games without being a part of the Nintendo Creators Program. Of course being a part of that program requires that Nintendo receives a portion of the proceeds for any videos featuring their content.
So far Nintendo has been the only one of the major gaming companies to be so strict with YouTube videos. Many companies have viewed YouTube as a way to receive free promotion for their products through online personalities. It will be interesting to see if Nintendo responds to why they have come to this particular stance on live streams.
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