YouTube made an announcement that starting today it will revise how it restricts violent video games. In the announcement Youtube said,
We know there’s a difference between real-world violence and scripted or simulated violence – such as what you see in movies, TV shows, or video games – so we want to make sure we’re enforcing our violent or graphic content policies consistently.”
This could be great for gamers, but as said, there are restrictions. If the video’s sole focus is on violence and gore, it will be age-restricted. Basically, the game must be plot-driven and not a bloodfest. We’re unsure exactly what this means for games like Fortnite and Mortal Kombat. The sole purpose of those is to kill your opponents and come out the victor.
Here is what the announcement says regarding gaming:
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.
Now, I have a question of my own. What does this mean for the True Crime channels? They focus on murders, but they are story-driven. Are they going to be age-restricted or approved like any video?