Microsoft Studios Announces New Monetization Rules for Content Creators

Microsoft Studios has today announced new monetization rules for Let’s Play videos on YouTube and streamers on Twitch. The new policy gives players a good amount of freedom, while at the same time also protecting Microsoft’s intellectual properties.

According to the rules, you have to adhere from creating any sort of offensive content to stay in the green light with Microsoft. This includes using game content to create material that can be classified as being pornographic, discriminatory, hate speech, or promoting drug use and other crimes against humanity.

Microsoft retains the right to classify an item as “objectionable” and will be ‘concerned’ if a significant number of people in the community or public forums start reporting a content as offensive.

Your videos and content cannot be published as part of a subscription or pay-for-play website. Additionally, items may also not appear as part of an app that users have to pay for to gain access. The policy states that it cannot even appear on the same page on which things are being sold, even if it is completely unrelated.

If a creation is being offered as an app, it should be offered for free and without any advertisements. The topic of ad revenue does not include that of YouTube and Twitch, which are a separate entity.

You can not reverse engineer game files to extract material for your content. Creators are limited to what’s freely given by each game.

Anything you create with Microsoft Studios content automatically grants the company a “royalty-free, non-exclusive, irrevocable, transferable, sub-licensable, worldwide license.” This means that Microsoft can use your creations based on their products and your name for promotional purpose without your permission or compensation.

Any creativity that you come up with (art, stories) can be used by Microsoft in the future. There will be no grounds to sue the company if there are some similarities between both works.

You’ll also need to be very careful when giving your content titles. Names that give the hint of being official is not appreciated.

There’s a lot on the checklist and it would be best for content creators to go through Microsoft’s new batch of policies for 2015.

via Game Informer