Nintendo Creators Program Restricts Live-streaming

Friday, September 29th, 2017

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Creators Program | Meant to Work

Nintendo has recently updated their terms for their Creators Program. They have added a rule that would bar live-streaming for anyone who signed up for the program. Here is the added rule.

“Live streaming on YouTube falls outside the scope of the Nintendo Creators Program. You cannot broadcast content on YouTube Live from the account you have registered to the Nintendo Creators Program. If you plan to broadcast content on YouTube Live, you have a couple of options. First, you can broadcast content on YouTube Live from a channel that is not registered to the Nintendo Creators Program. Or, you can cancel your channel’s registration to the Nintendo Creators Program and instead, register your videos containing Nintendo‚Äôs IP to the program separately. Videos which had previously been registered through your channel would need to be reregistered individually.”

It’s currently unknown as to the exact reason behind the decision. As of now, in order to live-stream, one would need to register their videos to the program separately instead of having their entire channel under it. The program itself was meant to allow part of the revenue that would normally go to Nintendo to those who applied. With live-streaming a major source of viewership and revenue for certain players, it’s strange the company would bar it entirely. It should be noted that the program applies strictly to YouTube.

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  • Panpopo

    Unsurprisingly it seems awfully complicated to stream on youtube. They’re just playing games – not trying to file taxes with the irs. If Nintendo goes after twitch streamers then that will be news.

    • Mr0303

      Streaming on Youtube isn’t any more complicated than doing it on other places. This decision is strictly for people participating in their Creators program.

  • Mr0303

    That’s a rather strange decision. This essentially removes the ability of people who profit from playing Nintendo’s games to live stream. I don’t think their Creators program was popular to begin with, but now it seems that let’s players will move away from Nintendo entirely.

  • I wonder if this has anything to do with Youtube’s recently inconsistent ad policies, and/or the addition of Superchat.

    • Mr0303

      From what I understood there could be ads running during livestreams, the profits from which go directly to the streamer and YouTube. Nintendo can get money only from the static videos. They see this as a workaround and they don’t want people profiting from their IP.