Nintendo has announced that the Nintendo Creators Program will come to a close in December, a move that has been made to “make it easier for content creators to make and monetise videos that contain Nintendo game content.”
Now, if you simply follow some basic rules, Nintendo will allow you to use gameplay footage and screenshots from their games to create content on “appropriate video and image sharing sites.”
That being said, Nintendo states that “videos and images that contain mere copies of Nintendo Game Content without creative input or commentary are not permitted,” aside from those that are shared using the Capture Button on your Nintendo Switch.
And, unsurprisingly, you can only create content with games that have been officially released – no monetised Let’s Plays for that early copy that arrived two days before launch – or from promotional materials that Nintendo has published (such as trailers or Nintendo Direct presentations).
“We are ending the Nintendo Creators Program (NCP) to make it easier for content creators to make and monetize videos that contain Nintendo game content. We will no longer ask creators to submit their videos to the NCP, and creators can continue showing their passion for Nintendo by following Nintendo’s guidelines, located here.
“The NCP will come to a close at the end of December 2018. Please note that we are no longer accepting videos and channels, and will not review any that have been submitted, but not yet registered. The NCP website will be taken down on March 20, 2019.
“We appreciate and encourage the continued support of content creators, and thank them for their dedication to helping us create smiles.”