Submitted by BrianPShea 620d ago | opinion piece

Nintendo’s YouTube ad revenue grab could prove to be a mistake

VGW's Brian Shea gives his thoughts on why Nintendo taking ad revenue from fans posting gameplay videos on YouTube could come back to bite the company. (Culture, Industry, Nintendo, Tech, Wii, Wii U)

sloth3395  +   620d ago
fans of the games shouldnt be getting paid for using something that they didnt make just because they want to comment on it while they play
PopRocks359  +   620d ago
It can be argued that they created the commentary, but I think it's important to remember that those commentaries have less value without the game footage.

The thing is legally speaking, Nintendo is well within their right to do this and it's a shame people can't even recognize this as the lesser of two evils; it's either this, or pulling a Sega/Microsoft and removing videos and leaving strikes on peoples' accounts.
Summons75  +   620d ago
yeah it's a really sticky situation for everyone involved. A company protects their product they everyone thinks they're the bad guy but one person making comments while playing a game not giving the company credit is also making them the bad guy.

While I don't disagree with nintendo I can't say I agree with them either however there is such a small amount of people this will effect because 95% of the "let's play" youtubers are terrible anyway, there is only a very small handful which are actually good.
admiralvic  +   619d ago
@ Summons75

It really isn't a sticky situation, since the same argument can be used on both sides (A person creates something, wants to make money off of that something and makes a move to do so). The only difference here is that Nintendo owns the stuff in question and that's really the end of it.

Also as PopRocks359 said, their commentary only really has value with the footage. The only person I can think of that actually does fine without the gameplay is Yahtzee, which is probably the exception and not the rule.

Also at your strike remark, I don't know how it works for other people, but YT tells me I can acknowledge the copyright and avoid anything bad or I can remove the video and the strike will be removed.
PopRocks359  +   619d ago

Yeah, what they basically do is let you file a claim to say you're not violating any copyright which requires you to input personal information. Then they send the claim and your info to the firm that laid the copyright claim on your video and the rest is up to them (at least that's how they did it a few years back, I'm unsure if the policy ever changed).
Gamesgbkiller  +   620d ago
They market the game at least.
thecowsaysmoo1   620d ago | Spam
drizzom  +   619d ago
An interesting video about this on youtube ironically.

Mathew9R   620d ago | Spam
techsvengali  +   620d ago
This is just in bad taste on Nintendo's part, I for one would rather see a video pulled than it remain and someone else reap advertising revenue for my work.
rottenpotato  +   620d ago
The point is, the people on YouTube don't own the rights to the game play they are showing. Sure they own their comments, but not the actual game play and, like it or not, Nintendo is within their rights to do this.
techsvengali  +   620d ago
I don't argue they aren't legally within their rights to do this, its just in bad taste to do so. They should be fostering this kind of community interaction on youtube(commentaries etc) not dampening efforts by the fans they have left with this kind of ill thought out legal maneuver.
TwistedMetal  +   620d ago
the people who watch the gameplays probably dont even own the game so theres that to add on to it. i play demos, watch previews and reviews to decide if i want to get a game. a lets play is way overboard and is basically spoiling everything. my friend actually said he watches lets plays instead of buying the games because the people in lets play are better then him so why even play the game when he can watch it and act like its a movie.
yugovega  +   620d ago
same as film director music pay big money to use music in their movies lp users should have to pay as well. if most would just add copyright info to their videos we wouldn't be having this issue.
kostchtchie_  +   619d ago
do it because you want to, not because you want money, people have no right to complain period as they are making money of someone else product, its that simple, i think all companies should do this regarding You tube, if people really want to and are fans of the game they should not be bothered if they do not make money, but the vast outcry is that if Nintendo do this other companies might also, then these freaks that think you tube is job, will have to go out and get real work
DarkBlood  +   619d ago
but it is a job according to a few good professional youtubers they practically make thier living off of it, beside companies aren't going to hand out jobs to everyone so this is another option for them if they find it viable enough.

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