Publisher YouTube / Video Policy List


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    Sometimes it's hard to figure out what you're allowed to do with your videos and what not, especially in the video game industry.
    We're trying to keep this big list of video game publishers, their games and if they give you the permission to publish and/or monetize these videos, for example with the YouTube partner program.
    Below we have gathered a collection of different game publishers YouTube or video policies on publishing of their material and the monetization:

    2k Games

    Studios: Irrational Games
    Games: Bioshock / Bioshock Infinite

    Question: Am I allowed to post game footage on YouTube or other websites? Can I use copyrighted material on fan sites if it is for non-commercial use and doesn't have spoilers?
    Answer: Generally, 2K does not object to fans using materials for non-commercial uses in a manner which does not intentionally spoil the plot for others. "Non-commercial" means that you don't sell site membership, use the material to promote a product you sell on the site like a shirt or wallpaper, or use other advertising-driven monetization.
    http://support.2k.com/hc/en-us/articles/201335153-Policy-on-posting-copyrighted-2K-material

    Activision / Blizzard

    Games: World of Warcraft, Starcraft, Diablo, Hearthstone

    Note that Blizzard Entertainment's restriction that Productions be limited to "non-commercial" uses also means that you may not license a Production you have created to another company for a fee, or for any other form of compensation, without specific written permission from Blizzard Entertainment to do so. Blizzard Entertainment reserves the right to use its products for all commercial purposes. The only exceptions to this rule are if you participate in partner programs with YouTube, Justin.tv, Blip.tv, Own3d.tv, or Ustream.tv (the “Production Websites”) whereby a Production Website may pay you for views of a Production if you are accepted into their partner program.
    http://us.blizzard.com/en-us/company/legal/videopolicy.html

    Bethesda Softworks

    Games: The Elder Scrolls (series)

    We’re okay (and encourage) these videos being posted on video services like YouTube or on your personal website and/or blog. It’s also okay for you to monetize your videos via the YouTube partner program and similar programs on other video sharing sites.

    http://www.bethblog.com/bethesda-video-policy/

    Edge of Reality

    Games: Loadout

    Yes, you are hereby allowed to post and monetize videos, and we really appreciate you helping to spread the word about Loadout!
    The only rule is that if you are posting bugs, please mark those as unlisted, so they don't show up in searches.

    https://loadout.com/forums/index.php?threads/youtube-monetization.127/#post-803

    Hi Rez Studios

    Games: Smite

    Am I able to show and monetize content on YouTube or other partner websites?
    YES. Most definitely yes. Apply for written permission to monetize SMITE content by sending e-mail to press@hirezstudios.com

    http://hi-rez.custhelp.com/app/answers/detail/a_id/459

    Gaijin Entertainment

    Games: War Thunder, Star Conflict

    You are free to monetize your videos via the YouTube partner program and similar programs on other video sharing sites.

    https://forum.warthunder.com/index.php?/topic/95365-war-thunder-video-policy/

    Mojang

    Games: Minecraft, Scrolls, Cobalt

    You are allowed to create videos of Mojang games, upload or stream from YouTube or other video sites, and monetize those videos. It's free advertising for us, and we like watching you play our games, provided that you don't yell for the entirety of the video. Visit account.mojang.com/documents/brand_guidelines for the most up-to-date language on monetization, and account.mojang.com/documents/minecraft_eula for additional information.

    https://help.mojang.com/customer/portal/articles/1389657-youtube-monetization

    Playdead

    Games: Limbo

    You want to publish LIMBO-footage (e.g. a review or Let’s Play on YouTube)
    You have our permission to do so. We simply ask that you do not mute the audio or present the audio without their corresponding visuals. Adding your voice-over commentary over the game audio is absolutely fine.

    Polytron

    Games: FEZ
    We received a very nice email from Polytron telling us we could put footage of FEZ on YouTube!

    http://limbogame.org/inquiry/

    S2 Games

    Games: Heroes of Newerth

    You are free to use any videos, images, or sounds from Heroes of Newerth for your own videos. At S2 Games we encourage you to host, embed, or otherwise share any media you or we produce, go ahead, get the word out.
    If you wish to monetize your videos through programs such as the YouTube partner program you are free to do so as long as it's non-commercial. Non-commercial doesn't mean it can't have an ad in it, it means that you can't charge others to use, view, or sell it.

    http://www.heroesofnewerth.com/documents/media/

    Trion Worlds Inc.

    Games: Rift

    Monetization of YouTube Game Play Footage: Users may wish to participate in YouTube’s revenue sharing program by placing advertisements alongside videos of authorized Game play. Trion grants permission to participate provided that users abide by the restrictions on the advertisements set forth in detail in the updated Terms of Use.

    http://www.trionworlds.com/en/news/press-releases/2012/07/terms-of-use-update/

    1. MONETIZATION OF YOUTUBE GAME PLAY FOOTAGE
      In the event that you wish to participate in YouTube’s revenue sharing program by placing advertisements alongside videos of your authorized Game play, Trion grants permission to participate provided that you:
      A. Prevent advertisements related to the following categories from appearing on the YouTube Channel, including, without limitation, by implementing the following Google® AdSense filters:
      advertisements related to Trion’s competitors;
      advertisements related to gold-farming or other activities prohibited by Trion’s Terms of Use, Trion’s Privacy Policy, and the featured Game’s End User License Agreement; and
      advertisements that would conflict with the Game’s ESRB or similar rating.

    http://www.trionworlds.com/en/legal/terms-of-use/

    Ubisoft

    Using the guidelines below, please feel free to make videos (walkthroughs, Let’s Play, reviews, etc.) with Ubisoft game content and publish to your website, YouTube or similar digital services.
    Specifically:

    • Do not take assets from our games (e.g. voice, music, items) and distribute them separately.
    • Unless approved by us, the use of our content in videos must be non-commercial.
    • Do not charge users to view or access your videos.
    • Do not sell or license your videos to others for a payment of any kind.
    • Behave like a decent human being. Absolutely no racist, sexist, homophobic, or offensive content.
    • Please keep your videos focused on our games, and away from overtly controversial topics.

    http://forums.ubi.com/showthread.php/773563-Ubisoft-policy-on-YouTube-videos-Forums

    Currently awaiting answer if youtube monetization counts as commercial use in their eyes.

    Valve

    Games: Half Life, Counter Strike, Left 4 Dead (2)

    You are free to monetize your videos via the YouTube partner program and similar programs on other video sharing sites.

    http://www.valvesoftware.com/videopolicy.html

    More

    External sources:
    http://www.wholetsplay.com/wiki/doku.php


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