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With Extra Life coming up and copyright robots running wild, I thought I’d put together a list of links to the rules governing the streaming of different games. I’m not a lawyer, so none of this constitutes legal advice – but as I read the law and recent rulings, game streaming is illegal unless rights are specifically granted. Additionally, automated enforcement of copyright has gotten aggressive to the point of abuse, jeopardizing even the most legal streams.

With that in mind, here are the rules for streaming some popular games. There’s obviously way more than I have listed here – these are just the ones I thought of. If something isn’t listed, please post it in the comments, or email videograndpa at gmail so I can add it.

And as always, do your own research before doing something that might get you in trouble.



Full Policy: http://www.xbox.com/en-US/community/developer/rules

Games Covered:

  • Halo
  • Forza Motorsport
  • Fable
  • Kinectimals
  • Kinect Adventures
  • Kinect Joy Ride
  • Age of Empires
  • Flight Simulator
  • Kameo
  • Perfect Dark Zero
  • Project Gotham Racing
  • Shadowrun
  • Viva Piñata


Sony Online Entertainment

Full Policy: https://www.soe.com/player-direct

Games Covered:

  • EverQuest
  • Planetside 2
  • DC Universe Online
  • Dragon’s Prophet
  • Payday
  • and more


Sony Computer Entertainment

Full Policy: I can’t find a single bit of policy from SCEA, formally published or otherwise.

Games Covered:

  • Beyond: Two Souls
  • Infamous
  • Uncharted
  • Ratchet & Clank
  • The Last of Us
  • Resistance
  • Tokyo Jungle
  • and more



Full Policy: As far as I know, Nintendo does not have an official published policy specifically covering community-created videos. They do, however, have a pretty stompy history regarding such content. Their general IP policy also uses the phrase “terminate at our sole discretion” more than once. Tread lightly.

Games Covered:

  • Mario
  • Zelda
  • Metroid
  • Craploads more
  • Don’t forget all the retro stuff (NES/SNES/N64/etc)



Full Policy: I can’t find any official policy for either Activision in general or Call of Duty specifically. But since some initial copyright enforcement blunders, it seems like they’re backing off, even building streaming into Black Ops II. However, a sanctioned COD tournament was taken down just yesterday, so who knows.

Games Covered:

  • Call of Duty
  • Angry Birds
  • Destiny
  • Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
  • and more


Electronic Arts

Full Policy: Same as Activision: I can’t find any official published policy. But it looks like, if you don’t receive explicit permission from them, you’re running the risk of a takedown or ad placement.

Games Covered:

  • Battlefield
  • Command & Conquer
  • The Sims
  • Mirror’s Edge
  • Need for Speed
  • and more


Riot Games

Full Policy: http://www.riotgames.com/legal-jibber-jabber

Games Covered: 

  • League of Legends



Full Policy: http://us.blizzard.com/en-us/company/legal/videopolicy.html

Games Covered:

  • Diablo
  • Starcraft
  • World of Warcraft



Full Policy: http://www.valvesoftware.com/videopolicy.html

Games Covered:

  • Half-Life
  • Dota
  • Portal
  • Left 4 Dead
  • Team Fortress
  • Counter-Strike
  • Day of Defeat



Full Policy: http://forums.ubi.com/showthread.php/773563-Ubisoft-policy-on-YouTube-videos-Forums

Games Covered:

  • Assassin’s Creed
  • Splinter Cell
  • Watch_Dogs
  • The Division
  • Just Dance
  • Rayman
  • Far Cry
  • and way more



Full Policy: https://account.mojang.com/terms

Games Covered:

  • Minecraft


Double Fine

Full Policy: http://www.doublefine.com/about/ (scroll down, it’s in the FAQ)

Games Covered:

  • Psychonauts
  • Happy Action Theater
  • Costume Quest
  • Stacking
  • Brutal Legend
  • The Cave
  • and more


Epic Games

Full Policy: http://epicgames.com/about/fan-art-policy/

Games Covered:

  • Gears of War
  • Infinity Blade
  • Fortnite



Full Policy: (Best I could find) http://www.capcom-unity.com/ask_capcom/go/thread/view/7371/29133541/ask-capcom-faq—release-dates-ip-statuses-events-more&post_num=2#519974985

Games Covered:

  • Monster Hunter
  • Mega Man
  • Street Fighter
  • Remember Me
  • Lost Planet
  • Resident Evil
  • and more



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