The Nintendo Creators program, launched as an effort to moderate what people do with company content on YouTube, will close next year. Instead, a series of guides might have a big impact on how you watch Nintendo games online.
Three years after his controversial debut, the program will stop operating on March 20, 2019. From Nintendo's statement:
We ended the Nintendo Content Maker Program (NCP) to make it easier for content creators to create and monetize videos that contain Nintendo game content. We will no longer ask content creators to send their videos to the NCP, and content creators can continue to show their passion for Nintendo by following Nintendo's guidelines.
The guide can be found here, and there are some interesting things there. Although most legal talk can be predicted, I find this second point relevant to my particular situation:
We encourage you to make videos that include your creative input and comments. Videos and images that only contain copies of the Nintendo Game Content without creative input or comments are not permitted. However, you can post game videos and screenshots using the Nintendo system features, such as the Capture Button on the Nintendo Switch, without additional input or comments.
I have a five year old child obsessed with Nintendo games, and when he was allowed to use YouTube, game footage from things like Super Mario Odyssey is one of the few things we really let him watch. With one condition: he is only allowed to watch games directly, without comments, thanks to some bad experiences with automatic playback and inappropriate language.
I prefer that for my work here too! I have to watch load recording games every day, sometimes to check things, sometimes to catch gifs and screenshots, and I really prefer to do it in silence. Nintendo is trying to block this – whether there is an attempt to enforce this rule legally or not is another matter – it seems very counter-productive.
Those who are more interested in streaming their games might find things a little easier. In 2017 Nintendo brought some strict rules about where and how live streaming of their games can be made as part of the Creator Program, but it is now gone, with a set of guidelines now covering pre-recorded and live broadcast content (worldwide ) all major sites).
Oh, and one last thing seems to be given on time Destroy This week's leak is:
You are only permitted to use Nintendo Game Content that has been officially released, or from promotional material officially released by Nintendo (such as product trailers or Nintendo Directs).
If you want, you can read the complete guide here.