Capcom Updates Streaming, YouTube Policy to Target Street Fighter Replay Channels


by in Fighting Game News | Jan, 7th 2021

Capcom has updated their YouTube and streaming policy for content creators trying to make a living or other content using their properties. Most notably, this new policy impacts Street Fighter players and streamers and creators playing other single-player Capcom properties like Monster Hunter or Devil May Cry.

Content creation around video games has become a somewhat contentious topic, especially recently as the DMCA rules have begun to be enforced more heavily on platforms like Twitch. So, it’s vital that Capcom specified what content creators can do with their games, should they not wish to face takedown.

What Are the Main Changes to the Policy?


The policy’s main changes include a specific target against channels that both host replay content of pro players without commentary and replay channels who snipe footage from streams that are run by Capcom for their profit.

Capcom also specified that they don’t like music videos made with their content and want the only music used to be owned by Capcom, likely to dodge any liability the company could face under DMCA guidelines.

They also specified that spoilers for games that have not yet been released are strictly prohibited and will be hunted down and removed by Capcom.

Leaks and other forms of releasing content not yet shown off to the public are also prohibited and will be sought out by Capcom for removal. Additionally, Capcom wants creators to refrain from using their characters in emotes unless they have approval from Capcom.

Lastly, Capcom said that their new policy paid subscription services, except those offered through YouTube, Twitch, Facebook, or other video sharing services, are prohibited. This implies that sites that provide tutorials and other pro training forms behind a paywall are likely to be not allowed by these new rules.

What Is Capcom’s New Policy?


A few highlights from Capcom’s new policy on streaming and videos uploaded to YouTube can be found below, but if you would like to review the policy in full click here.

I. GUIDELINES

  • Game footage posted online: You should not share game footage online without adding your own video or content unless the game console or device permits sharing of game footage. You may not split our game content into components (visual, vocal, in-game elements, etc.) and distribute such components as separate content.
  • Audience-Appropriate: All fan-created content should be appropriate for the audience of the Capcom games. For example, if you take game content for younger audience and make it objectionable, we reserve the right to take it down.
  • Spoilers: Any posting or other unauthorized disclosure of game content before a game’s official release is strictly prohibited. Even after an official game release, spoilers can ruin a fan’s experience, and we always aim to avoid them. Please be respectful of others and do not deliberately push plot reveals on people who are actively avoiding learning about them; otherwise, please offer spoiler disclaimers as a courtesy.

II. NO COMMERCIALIZATION

  • Non-Commercial Use: We do not allow Capcom content and other materials to be used to make money or to gain any other financial benefit except through permissible monetization described below. You may not limit to paid access, sell, or license your content that includes our game content to others for payment of any kind. In particular, we do not allow you to create new content using our game if a paid subscription is required for people to access our specific content.
  • Permissible Monetization: You may monetize through partner programs and/or advertising from YouTube, Twitch, Facebook, or other video sharing services. Collecting voluntary contributions, such as through SuperChat on YouTube and Bits on Twitch, is permitted as long as your video is also available for free to the public on YouTube, Twitch, Facebook, Twitter, or other video sharing services.

III. IMPERMISSIBLE USES

  • Pre-Release Content: Any posting or other disclosure of unofficially released, unauthorized, or leaked video and other leaked content of any kind, in any format, is strictly prohibited. Any publishing of in-game content from sources such as, but not limited to, leaked copies of a game prior to its official release date will be removed. We may authorize pre-release content to a select group for media review or other agreed-upon business purposes, accompanied by strict guidelines for any content released before the official release date.
  • Inappropriate Content: Using Capcom titles to create video and other content, including mods, that is illegal, racist, sexist, prejudicial to sexual orientation, sexually explicit, disparaging, promotes hate crimes, or is otherwise offensive is not tolerated. On a case by case basis, Capcom reserves the right to take down content found to be inappropriate or objectionable at our discretion.

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