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Capcom releases new video and content creation guidelines including rules for YouTube, Twitch, monetization and mods

No pay walls allowed, but most everything everyone is already doing is fine

Posted by Dakota 'DarkHorse' Hills • January 6, 2021 at 6:30 a.m. PST • Comments: 39

Streaming and content creation are two of the biggest ways the fighting game community has grown through in recent years, but the rules regarding what type of content is okay to do is quite muddy on all sides of the fence.

Capcom is now looking to make their rules much more clear through the release of a new video policy including guidelines for monetization, mods, music and other stipulations that anyone looking to make videos, stream or even consume content should read through.

The big take away from Capcom's new policy is that they're officially granting their blessing for video content creation using gameplay footage of their titles and monetization through places like YouTube, Twitch, Twitter and the like.

With that comes a number ground rules and caveats of course, as creators will no longer be able to post content that is only accessible through a pay wall, like Patreon for example.

Posting only things like cutscenes or in-game music is not permitted without new commentary that "should provide instructional or educational value, or other benefits."

Simple gameplay videos can be captured directly through console recording features like on the PlayStation 4, but content made using capture cards or other PC programs are also asked to add commentary or extra artistic value, which may impact channels that only post online match replays.

Re-posting official tournament footage or trailers is not permitted as long as the event was licensed through Capcom.

Mods featured in videos will be treated on a case-by-case basis though ones deemed sexually explicit or otherwise deemed offensive can be taken down by Capcom.

Much talk lately in the streaming world has revolved around the issue of music, which the new rules also address by stating that Capcom soundtracks in gameplay are fine, but third-party or licensed tracks within those games can still trigger content flags and takedowns.

Videos that depict the contents of Capcom's official art books and other printed licensed works like comics are against the rules too.

Capcom also doesn't want people making emotes on Twitch or other platforms using their characters or property without permission.

Most of the FGC content creator pool appears to be already within the rules of most of these new guidelines though those relying on Patreon and online replays may soon be seeing some issues.

The full list of Capcom's new video policy can be found here.

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