The rebirth of Final Fantasy XIV is live, and you can read all about it in our A Realm Reborn review.
Square Enix have just reversed a strict policy, previously ruling that players can not monetize video content from their recently released MMO: Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn. The new policy now allows players to monetize video content, as long as it’s through official partners such as YouTube and Twitch. This change should allow people who rely solely on revenue from their video content to play, create videos and stream the new MMO without taking a hit to their income.
The issue first arose when popular content creators such as Totalbiscuit, Ziggy, JP and Mr.Happy couldn’t cover the release or review Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn because Square Enix forbid all monetization on video content. Why is that a problem? Well for many of these people, being a content creator is their sole occupation, and their sole income. As passionate as they are about a game, they cannot afford to spend their time creating content which has no ability to contribute to their income.
For full time streamers, it’s also a similar issue. Even though they would very much like to play the game, they are forced to all but abandon it as they cannot run their usual advertisements while they’re playing the game. They simply cannot afford it.
Now with the recent amendment to the policy, all those issues are gone:
“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. If the operator of a partner program seeks to confirm our policy, please point them to this page as we do not have the resources to respond to all requests.”
Content creators everywhere can now make money from creating videos and streaming Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn. Not only will it allow full time content creators to afford to play the game, but should open up a wealth of publicity for Square Enix.