Nintendo's YouTube Plan Is Already Being Panned By YouTubers

Kotaku - Nintendo launched a new affiliate program yesterday for YouTubers that, on paper sounds like a good thing. It's a way to let YouTubers make money off their Nintendo-related videos on YouTube, after all. But if you look at the finer details, things don't look so great.

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sweetSWAGGER1357d ago

I almost clicked on the link.

DragonKnight1357d ago (Edited 1357d ago )

I watched a video on the deal. Nintendo will allow anyone to make Youtube videos featuring their products provided you A) Either partner with the Nintendo Creator's MCN (Multi-Channel Network) or B) If you don't want to partner, you may register individual videos with the program.

If you partner with the MCN you get 70% of the ad revenue Google gives Nintendo. If don't and simply register your individual videos, you get 60% of the ad revenue. Partner's of Nintendo's MCN don't even have to make videos only about Nintendo games, you can make any videos you want but you'll still only get 70% of the revenue.

You may only upload videos of Nintendo games that are on a pre-approved list made by Nintendo. Any other games uploaded will be claimed by Nintendo and they'll get 100% of the ad revenue. Videos may not contain copyrighted material belonging to third parties.

Concertoine1357d ago (Edited 1357d ago )

It sounded like a (sort of) happy medium until the last bit. Makes me wonder what'll be on the list.

In the end they're only shooting themselves in the foot by not encouraging people to play (and inadvertently advertise) their games.

DragonKnight1357d ago

@Concertoine: The 60 or 70% revenue sharing is pretty bogus though as there are MCN's that will give you 90%

LOL_WUT1357d ago

And to think many folks here held Nintendo to high regard when it came to its community. Money is all they gain from this all while alienating people who have been supportive of their games.

I'd understand if they went after people who broke street dates and then proceeded to show gameplay/walkthroughs but, this just seems unnecessary. So much for free advertising ;)

Magnes1357d ago

It's hard to watch Nintendo destroy their own company with their archaic ways.

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brish1356d ago

"I almost clicked on the link."

I read your comment then realized what site the article was from. I won't be clicking.

miyamoto1357d ago (Edited 1357d ago )

Once again Nintendo proves itself as the Ebenezer Scrooge of gaming.
Bah! Humbug!
They will squeeze every cent from your mom and pop.

Metallox1357d ago (Edited 1357d ago )

So in my opinion, this is better than nothing and it may be start of better stuff. Last year Nintendo was censoring videos all the way, now, while still being quite noticeable, the issue now isn't that big.

Again, this seems like a step in the right direction.

ZeekQuattro1357d ago

People are trying to profit off of Nintendo. Why wouldn't Nintendo want their cut? I'm amazed by this.

Destiny10801357d ago

99% of you tubers would be lucky to get a free game every three months from there channel and they wont be buying a Nintendo game, the top 1% have so many games to choose from and very little time to play most games that Nintendo should be happy with the free advertising they would get

MacDonagh1357d ago

Because Nintendo's games are so very generic compared to all the others. /s

Let's Players who are only playing games for the money are not fans of videogames.

Y'all starting to sound like DSP.

N1GHT_W0LF_X1357d ago

I love Nintendo but this is too much. The simplest solution is for the more popular YouTubers to band together and boycott reviewing/playing any Nintendo games. After Nintendo sees their sales drop due to lack of word of mouth then they might possibly rethink their stance. Obviously beloved franchises like Zelda will still sell very well but maybe they can start with some of their less popular franchises like the new Kirby game or Splatoon.

DarkBlood1357d ago

Would someone not making a profit need to abide by those rules?