Earlier this week, Nintendo shared an updated set of Community Tournament Guidelines that set out much stricter rules for tournaments that fans and other organizations were looking to run. Today, Nintendo follows that up with another set of rules for sharing ‘Nintendo Game Content.’

Not surprisingly, Nintendo has tightened their grip on what fans can/cannot show as far as their games go. The Big N is also getting much more strict when it comes to what can be monetized, and how content can be captured in general. While Nintendo has released a painstaking breakdown of their new rules and regulations, there’s no doubt going to be a lot of confusion going forward, as some of these decisions are a bit hard to parse.

You can see the main guidelines below, but make sure to click over to read Nintendo’s full piece, which also includes a Q&A.

You may monetize your videos and channels using the monetization methods separately specified by Nintendo. Other forms of monetization of our intellectual property for commercial purposes are not permitted.

We encourage you to create videos that include your creative input and commentary. Videos and images that contain mere copies of Nintendo Game Content without creative input or commentary are not permitted. You may, however, post gameplay videos and screenshots using Nintendo system features, such as the Capture Button on Nintendo Switch, without additional input or commentary.

You are only permitted to use Nintendo Game Content that is generated after the game has been officially released, or if it is from promotional materials officially released by Nintendo (such as product trailers or Nintendo Directs).

If you want to use the intellectual property of a third party, you are responsible for obtaining any necessary third-party permissions.

You are not permitted to imply or state that your videos are officially affiliated with or sponsored by Nintendo.

We reserve the right to object to any content that we believe is unlawful, infringing, inappropriate, or not in line with these Guidelines.

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7M ago

I wonder if Nintendo's mad about Patreon funds (they're not listed as a "monetization method separately specified by Nintendo", but they certainly might see it as one...

I'm hopeful they won't though as it also could just be seen as funding someone in general, not specifically for Nintendo Content.

They're trying to tighten their grip on streamers and let's's...not good!


7M ago

Why can’t they be nice Ninji’s that seductively dance to the beat?!