Posted By Austin Yorski about 3 months ago
UPDATE: The controversial Material Usage License for Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn has been updated. It now reads, “You may not use the Materials for any sales or commercial use, meaning you cannot receive license fees or advertising revenue, except as part of the partner programs operated by YouTube.com, Twitch.tv, Ustream.tv, or similar programs.”
ORIGINAL STORY: There has been a fair bit of talk in the video game industry as of late about the legal gray area surrounding people who monetize gameplay videos. Nintendo infamously stepped in to claim the profit from YouTube “Let’s Plays” of their intellectual property. Devolver Digital went in the other direction, giving everyone carte blanche to give them free advertising. Now there’s Square Enix, which is currently trying to relaunch the troubled Final Fantasy XIV MMO as A Realm Reborn.
The game technically went live on August 27th, 2013. However, the initial server load was too great, which essentially rendered it unplayable at launch. This may be par for the massively multiplayer course, but it looks like some intrepid YouTubers used the downtime to read the fine print of Square Enix’s Materials Usage License. Amongst a number of other irregular demands, the guidelines stipulate that, “You may not monetize your video via the YouTube partner program or any similar programs on other video sharing sites.”
Needless to say, a number of high-profile video producers have taken notice. Content creators like Totalbiscuit have already begun saying that they won’t be covering the game as a result. It doesn’t appear as though Square Enix has taken down any monetized YT videos featuring A Realm Reborn yet, but we will keep you updated as this potential PR situation develops.