Content creators on YouTube and other sites have had issues with Nintendo as it relates to monetization for years. We’ve also had similar issues and outright decided to limit our coverage of their first party titles. Titles like Xenoblade Chronicles 2, The Legend of Zelda and Super Mario Bros. Well its seems like that’s about to change. Yesterday Nintendo announced a change in their policies to allow Content Creators to Monetize Nintendo Related Videos.
What this means is that videos made of Nintendo IPs can now be fully monetized if certain criteria are met. Services currently affected by this change include: Facebook, YouTube, Twitch, and Twitter.
These criteria include the following:
- You may monetize your videos and channels using the monetization methods separately specified by Nintendo. Other forms of monetization of our intellectual property for commercial purposes are not permitted.
- We encourage you to create videos that include your creative input and commentary. Videos and images that contain mere copies of Nintendo Game Content without creative input or commentary are not permitted. You may, however, post gameplay videos and screenshots using Nintendo system features, such as the Capture Button on Nintendo Switch, without additional input or commentary.
- You are only permitted to use Nintendo Game Content that has been officially released, or from promotional materials officially released by Nintendo (such as product trailers or Nintendo Directs).
- If you want to use the intellectual property of a third party, you are responsible for obtaining any necessary third-party permissions.
- You are not permitted to imply or state that your videos are officially affiliated with or sponsored by Nintendo.
- We reserve the right to remove any content that we believe is unlawful, infringing, inappropriate, or not in line with these Guidelines.
Simple rules right? This is probably some of the best news we’ve gotten out of the industry all year, and it was a surprise. Usually when we create videos related to Nintendo products we just chalk it off as a loss. Now we can actually benefit from our hard work, which means you will begin to see more Nintendo Published games covered by us.
Now as this is a new policy we will be testing content first, but if all goes well look out for a Xenoblade Chronicles 2 Review, and a few others. If you’re a content creator then you should visit their site for the official statement, and more information.