What was originally started as a collaboration between YouTube and Nintendo after the demonetization of any Nintendo gameplay videos has turned into an nearly complete disaster. First, you can broadcast content on YouTube Live from a channel that is not registered to the Nintendo Creators Program. Or, you can cancel your channel's registration to the Nintendo Creators Program. Or, they also suggest that you can register the video individually. Video creators under the program Patreon seem most impacted.
The Nintendo Creators Program allows YouTube content creators to monetize any videos in their channel, or the full channel, that contain any game content from the Nintendo approved list of games.
Nintendo sent out an email to members of the program yesterday detailing a surprising new change.
If you're a YouTuber then you probably don't exactly feel the warm and fuzzies in regards to Nintendo.
If a user live streams Nintendo game and they're not part of the Creators Program, the user won't be able to receive any of the ad revenue generated by the video. In either scenario, YouTube users who have grown accustomed to covering Nintendo content now have a number of hoops to jump through if that coverage includes any live video content. Meaning that this way, Nintendo will get all of the revenue the video makes.
However, the YouTube program requires content creators to have 10,000 public channel views to apply.
The main issue here for content creators is that live streaming is now one of the most viable ways to earn revenue through gaming content. This is most likely in direct response to the recent controversy regarding certain famous influencers like PewDiePie.
The update was not announced on YouTube's official creator blog, and has many users upset with the potential tampering of their revenue. This will be true regardless of whether creators want to monetize these streams or not.