Latest in Gaming

Image credit: Activision / Infinity Ward

YouTube changes rules on violent game content to match movies and TV

Moving forward, the company plans to age-gate fewer videos.
153 Shares
Share
Tweet
Share

Sponsored Links

Activision / Infinity Ward

YouTube is making a significant change in how it will moderate content that shows video game violence. Starting today, the company says it will treat "scripted or simulated" violence in games the same way that it approaches violence in TV shows and movies.

According to the company, the change means fewer gaming videos on YouTube will be age-gated, allowing more people to see them. YouTube does, however, note that it plans to continue restricting content where the sole focus of the video is on the violent content itself.

"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," the company said by way of explanation for the policy change on one of its support pages.

YouTube hinted it was working on a new policy on video game policy late last month when CEO Susan Wojcicki said the company was trying to find companies who would be willing to advertise against more "edgy" content. In that respect, it's worth noting that the company hasn't changed its guidelines on advertiser-friendly content. Videos that show gratuitous amounts of violence will still go largely unmonetized.

All products recommended by Engadget are selected by our editorial team, independent of our parent company. Some of our stories include affiliate links. If you buy something through one of these links, we may earn an affiliate commission.
Comment
Comments
Share
153 Shares
Share
Tweet
Share

Popular on Engadget

The Morning After: Sony has three new smartphones

The Morning After: Sony has three new smartphones

View
TSA bans employees from making TikTok videos

TSA bans employees from making TikTok videos

View
Realme's X50 Pro is a cheaper 5G flagship with super-fast charging

Realme's X50 Pro is a cheaper 5G flagship with super-fast charging

View
Disney+ discounts yearly subscriptions ahead of its European launch

Disney+ discounts yearly subscriptions ahead of its European launch

View
Sony's mid-range Xperia 10 II packs an OLED display and triple cameras

Sony's mid-range Xperia 10 II packs an OLED display and triple cameras

View

From around the web

Page 1Page 1ear iconeye iconFill 23text filevr