YouTube and its policies have proved divisive in recent years, particularly in the way it handles the same types of content from different creator categories. For a long time it made it seem as if there were different rules being applied, and while that is still very much the case in many instances, a recent policy update will come as good news to gaming creators.
Starting 2nd December (yesterday) creators who specialise in gaming content will not need to worry about any age gate restrictions if their content features scripted or simulated violence, the company explained in a post thread.
“Starting on 12/2, scripted or simulated violent content found in video games will be treated the same as other types of scripted content,” the post explains.
As for what this means in the immediate future for gaming creators, YouTube outlined three specific elements:
- Future gaming uploads that include scripted or simulated violence may be approved instead of being age-restricted.
- There will be fewer restrictions for violence in gaming, but this policy will still maintain our high bar to protect audiences from real-world violence.
- 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.
Looking into the above it appears as if it will not be a case of open season on violent content, with some policing still being involved. As such it would not surprise us if in the early days of this policy change that some videos still get age gated incorrectly, with YouTube usually struggling to fine tune such things initially.
More interestingly whether this change in policy will result in gaming creators wanting to upload more content to the platform remains to be seen, especially as the platform has earned the ire of several creator communities over the past two years.
With YouTube losing traction in the gaming department to platforms like Twitch of late, could this be the first of several policy changes to court more gaming creators back to the platform? Only time will tell.
For now though, expect to see bunch more fatality-filled Mortal Kombat compilations appearing over the next few months.