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YouTube is Changing Their Policy on Violence in Gaming

Beginning today, December 2nd, YouTube is changing their policy on showing violent and graphic content in video games.

YouTube currently has a policy that prohibits violent or graphic content. That policy states that “violent or gory content intended to shock or disgust viewers, or content encouraging others to commit violent acts are not allowed on YouTube.”

However, YouTube has now said that they acknowledge the difference between showing real world vs. simulated violence and will adjust their policies to reflect that. The announcement from YouTube says, “Starting on 12/2, scripted or simulated violent content found in video games will be treated the same as other types of scripted content.”

Here’s the message YouTube shared for gamers:

What does this mean for Gaming Creators?
  1. Future gaming uploads that include scripted or simulated violence may be approved instead of being age-restricted.

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

You can read YouTube’s full Community Guidelines here.

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