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Nintendo’s YouTube Creators Program Essentially Bans Live Streams

Nintendo has issued an update to its YouTube Creators Program Policy which essentially bans live streaming Nintendo games on YouTube Gaming.

Nintendo haven’t been the most favoured company when it comes to monetising videos on YouTube which contain Nintendo properties. After issuing copyright claims on almost every video, the company unveiled the Nintendo Creators Program which allowed YouTube Creators to earn a share of the money from their videos containing Nintendo games, provided they follow strict guidelines.

These guidelines have become even stricter now Nintendo has issued a change to its policy in an email to users which basically bans live streaming Nintendo games on YouTube Gaming.

The new policy includes the following in regards to live streaming Nintendo content:

“Live streaming on YouTube falls outside the scope of the Nintendo Creators Program. This means that you cannot broadcast content on YouTube Live from the account you have registered to the Nintendo Creators Program.”

According to Nintendo, they advice those registered in the program to either stream games on a completely separate account, or leave the program as a channel, and individually re-register every video for manual review before they can be monetised again. Basically, a hell of a lot of awkward work for creators streaming Nintendo content.

 

This of course doesn’t apply to Twitch as it’s not associated with YouTube, however Twitch monetisation is still in its very early stages and doesn’t quite earn as much as what YouTube can offer.