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YouTube loosens its restriction on Violent Games

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A new policy of YouTube on Gaming has come to light. Basically, YouTube plans to loosen its previous tough grip over games that involved stimulated violence. The new policy that comes into being with effect from Dec. 2, is expected to be a massive relief for content creators on YouTube.

As of now, the game video content that showed violence was automatically made age-restricted. This meant that people at schools and libraries, where the settings are a norm, could not access the same owing to the age-restricted guidelines. Now that the restrictions have been made fewer than before, the coming scenario would boast of a sigh and relaxation.

From now on, scripted or stimulated content, as found in video games, will be dealt the same way as all other types of scripted content. In a recent policy enforcement update over YouTube’s policies, a short blog penned by Hazel from Team YouTube has the following opening statement:

“Heads up for all Gaming Creators: We know there’s a difference between real-world violence and scripted or simulated violence – such as what you see in movies, TV shows, or video games – so we want to make sure we’re enforcing our violent or graphic content policies consistently.”


It is relevant to note that future gaming uploads made by all gaming creators would be approved henceforth, and they would not have to face the age-restriction gates. Further, the video giant has made it clear that they still maintain “high bar to protect audiences from real-world violence”.

Now that is like giving some real freedom to gaming channels over the platform, which had been flourishing in the past couple of years. Uploading videos of Call of Duty and Gears of War has never been this easier. Outlining its policies, YouTube has a much wider list of prohibitions and restrictions and clauses against graphic violence.

As an additional remark for readers’ notice, we might as well like to add that the existing policy enforcement update does not have much in the box for Adsense. The update would have no effect on its advertiser guidelines, nor does it speak of issues over monetization of the video content.

It is inarguably understood that gratuitous depictions of scenic violence shown in video games might still face content creators with limited or no advertisement. Even if a video is okay by YouTube’s standards, it will still have a possibility of getting demonetized.

Now, since the new policy does not apply to advertising guidelines, content creators that depend primarily on YouTube’s AdSense program, to earn revenue are the dissatisfied lot. The same concerns of content creators on the platform were addressed by YouTube CEO Susan Wojcicki. She wrote to the creators:

“We’re working to identify advertisers who are interested in edgier content, like a marketer looking to promote an R-rated movie, so we can match them with creators whose content fits their ads.In its first month, this program resulted in hundreds of thousands of dollars in ads on yellow icon videos (Yellow icon reference is for the one appearing to video creators at the time of their videos getting demonetized).”

At a recent gaming summit, Wojcicki spoke that the gaming field is a relatively new platform, and hence it is difficult to bring advertisers to the channels. It is already known how gaming videos are unlikely to receive ads when only the most family-centric games like Minecraft get advertising preference.

In the support post from Google YouTube gaming, it was announced: “We may still age-restrict content if violent or gory imagery is the sole focus of the video. For instance, if the video focuses entirely on the most graphically violent part of a video game.”

Doubts arose over whether YouTube would completely scrape off its policy of non-promotion of violence, the company was quick to clarify the same. YouTube made it clear that they would still reserve all rights to restrict gaming videos if they carry large and focussed portions of graphic violence scenes. That being said, the platform gets to decide, ‘How much is too much’!

“To clarify, we may still age-restrict gaming videos if violence is the sole focus – more graphic scenes like dismemberment, decapitations, showing of human corpses with these severe injuries may be age-restricted, while less graphic content may be approved.”

However, it is just a few among the basic problems for the online video uploading YouTubers. Among close quarters of gaming channel managers, rumors are ablaze that channels that can’t cross a minimum threshold of income will lose their channels by the upcoming year of 2020. Content creators over YouTube cite their apprehensions on the basis of COPPA and FTC.

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