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Nintendo Bans Monetized YouTube Livestreams Of Their Games

Members of the Nintendo Creators program received an email with the disappointing news.

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A certain collection of content creators on the YouTube platform are in for a double dose of bad news. After possibly being affected by the Patreon-link shift, creators may also have to deal with a change made by Nintendo. YouTube live streams are no longer within the scope of the Nintendo Creators program, so creators won't be able to monetize live streams of Nintendo games without risking a strike against their account.

Reddit user Tom Nook Sawyer shared the image below and some in the forum believe that this move could be in response to the recent PewDiePie fiasco and wonder if Nintendo will be making a similar restriction on Twitch in some capacity.

If this turns out to be valid, the timing couldn't be worse for those that hoped to monetize a stream of some retro gameplay on the SNES Classic, which hit retailers and homes today. We've reached out to Nintendo for comment and we'll update this story as more information is made available.

From The Chatty

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    September 29, 2017 8:05 AM

    Charles Singletary posted a new article, Nintendo Bans Monetized YouTube Livestreams Of Their Games

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      September 29, 2017 8:07 AM

      Thank you PewDiePie

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      September 29, 2017 8:07 AM

      Whatever happened to streaming just for fun?

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      September 29, 2017 8:17 AM

      Have we just hit peak nintendo being nintendo?

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      September 29, 2017 8:18 AM

      id probably be more into streams if they werent calling out their donations constantly.

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        September 29, 2017 10:39 AM

        All kinds of streams constantly ask for donations because of google and youtube now. Gaming, Political, and etc are always asking for donations and I understand why they're doing this but it gets tiresome after awhile.

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          September 29, 2017 3:11 PM

          these guys aren't asking for donations, they're thanking people who did donate, which is a lot of people on a large stream

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        September 29, 2017 10:50 AM

        that's why Kripp is by far my favorite streamer.

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          September 29, 2017 2:49 PM

          Also Shroud. Both very low key, and not spammy with subs.

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        September 29, 2017 10:59 AM

        Yeah, the full PBS pledge drive mode that some of these kids are in 100% of the time really turns me off.

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        September 29, 2017 11:33 AM

        thank you smegmamuff69 for your $5 donation

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        September 29, 2017 11:35 AM

        I’m picturing a hybrid myfreecams girl/video games streamer. Does this exist yet?

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          September 29, 2017 11:36 AM

          "They're paying because I'm naked, not because I'm playing Mario Kart."

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            September 29, 2017 1:53 PM

            ¿Porque no los dos?

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          September 29, 2017 3:08 PM

          isn't that what twitch is? a quick browse of twitch channels currently and we got:
          https://www.twitch.tv/amouranth

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            September 29, 2017 3:43 PM

            Utter shite dancing. Just white girl bopping around in her parents living room

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            September 29, 2017 4:25 PM

            I took a look. One of the first questions in chat was, "Why is this not banned?" That person than had their message deleted and they were given a 10 minute time out.

            Twitch set up guidelines a few years ago that was supposed to stop this kind of video. I'm surprised it's there.

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              September 29, 2017 5:15 PM

              IRL channels are a refuge from those other streamer guidelines

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            September 30, 2017 1:44 AM

            Perfect, the music is muted because copyright when she dances..

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        September 29, 2017 3:38 PM

        Yeah very annoying

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        September 29, 2017 4:56 PM

        If you enjoy this comment, please like and subscribe to my channel.

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      September 29, 2017 8:36 AM

      Twitch it is I guess.

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      September 29, 2017 10:40 AM

      That double sucks because you aren't allowed to put patreon links in your video descriptions without monetizing the video.

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      September 29, 2017 10:49 AM

      amazon/twitch will have a huge opportunity here as things get worse before they get better

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      September 29, 2017 10:50 AM

      Fucking racist PewDiePie. Thanks!

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      September 29, 2017 11:03 AM

      Thanks pew pew pies

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      September 29, 2017 11:37 AM

      I wish reporters would hit Nintendo on this stuff when they interview Reggie

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        September 29, 2017 5:17 PM

        They know they'd get a useless canned response. Policy comes from NCL, not NOA, and NCL isn't going to say shit

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      September 29, 2017 1:00 PM

      HOW ABOUT WE ALL GO BACK TO FUCKING PLAYING THE GAMES OURSELVES?

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        September 29, 2017 1:54 PM

        I would like to know more....

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          September 29, 2017 3:22 PM

          Tonight at six, all net all channels

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        September 29, 2017 5:24 PM

        Go away, Batin'

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      September 29, 2017 1:09 PM

      ugh free advertising please stop

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      September 29, 2017 1:12 PM

      The most annoying thing is that the back button in the screenshot is on the right instead of left

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      September 29, 2017 1:43 PM

      I think whats going to end up happening is that youtubers/streamers outside of review or critique are going to have to get a license or permission to use the IP footage.

      There hasn't been a court case that defines what is acceptable and perfectly legal for Streamers. A Livestream is more or less a public exhibition and that has always been restricted in the Terms of service or legal warnings before films.

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        September 29, 2017 1:51 PM

        few other companies are making them get a license, they're happy to accept the free advertising that results.

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      September 29, 2017 3:08 PM

      WAIT WAIT!!!! Does that mean we will see people play the game that isn't getting paid? Sounds absolutely perfect for me.. imagine hearing someone's opinion without any hidden agenda or paycheck tied into his stream...

      Or in other words, there will be plenty of streams, by people that like to play videogames as a hobby...

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        September 29, 2017 3:10 PM

        no you don't understand how this (or most streaming) works. This isn't about the game's creator paying the streamer to stream. What would Nintendo be banning then? Themselves paying streamers to stream? This is about not being able to run generic YouTube ads or take donations from your audience while streaming a Nintendo game. Presumably if/when they apply it to Twitch it would make it just impossible to stream a Nintendo game if you have any paid subscribers.

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          September 29, 2017 3:21 PM

          And not being able to earn money means they are not getting paid. And I have zero problems with that and I actually prefer it that way.

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            September 29, 2017 3:25 PM

            Let's run with your rationale here. Where do you go to read reviews? It can't be at a website that runs ads to support themselves because then they're corrupted by a hidden agenda. It can't be on a website that requires a subscription because they too are corrupted by a hidden agenda. Where is this review site that's just a charity operation that produces the only form of trustworthy review?

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              September 29, 2017 3:28 PM

              Shacknews, eurogamer and friends.

              Just tell me those sites are comparable to a streamer like PewPew

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                September 29, 2017 3:28 PM

                shacknews runs ads, not trustworthy
                eurogamer runs ads, not trustworthy

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                  September 29, 2017 3:30 PM

                  I think you should talk to briefcase man about this lack of trust you have

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                    September 29, 2017 3:31 PM

                    you're the one claiming no one can be trusted if they're paid by anyone and you'd prefer they couldn't earn money for their work

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                      September 29, 2017 3:34 PM

                      I think you are slightly grabbing at straws here. AFAIK I did not say everyone.

                      I am certain there are trustworthy streamers I look forward to seeing them without adds

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                        September 29, 2017 3:38 PM

                        Does that mean we will see people play the game that isn't getting paid? Sounds absolutely perfect for me.. imagine hearing someone's opinion without any hidden agenda or paycheck tied into his stream...

                        So you do or don't believe you could trust a streamer who has ads on their channel from a third party unaffiliated with the content they're showing? If you can't, why would you trust anyone writing reviews for a website with ads? Or a TV channel with ads? Or a radio program?

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                          September 29, 2017 11:36 PM

                          In general i find streamers to be annoying kids that do desperate stuff to get "paid" they are very rarely what i would call gaming journalists neither of education or function, of course there are exceptions. IMHO streamers that do it for fun/hobby are way more interesting since they are way more likely to be there for the games and nothing else.

                          Eurogamer and Shacknews (i actually meant people here in the chatty but hey) are far from the classic big sites that will run giant ads for big games while they are giving them glowing reviews, and there are plenty of examples like that. You know this and yet you make it into an all or nothing argument..

                          And no, in general i do not trust content financed by advertising.

                          • Zek
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                            September 30, 2017 12:32 AM

                            Who ever said anything about gaming journalists? They are entertainers. And I don't think they even know what ads are playing on their stream.

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                              September 30, 2017 1:26 AM

                              No problem then?