Last week YouTube announced the premiere of YouTube Red. This service allows content creators to gate off some of their videos behind a subscription fee. It seems however that as with every major change YouTube seems to make, there have been some issues. Certain gaming companies have not yet agreed to the terms for YouTube Red and as a result of this footage of certain games is getting blocked for US viewers.
The games that are known to be currently affected are Attack on Titan, Hatsune Miku: Project Mirai DX, and Blazblue: Chrono Phantasma. All these games are Japanese titles, which continues an existing trend where Japanese based publishers and studios take a far more hostile stance on gaming footage being publicly uploaded and shared. There’s been a lot of criticism from video creators on how YouTube has handled the rolling out of this new service, but the concept isn’t a bad one. The prevalence of Adblock and the restrictions ads can put upon content has seen many content creator move to Patreon and the like as their primary method of funding themselves. To provide an in-built method for fans to support their favorite YouTubers isn’t a bad thing, but there seems to be a general consensus that the company left those who would be most impacted by the change floundering in the dark. Let’s hope that once the dust settles, YouTube Red will actually prove to be an improvement for those that provide us with some of our favorite content.