YouTube introduced a change to its content material pointers that will probably be extra permissive in permitting depictions of violence in video-game content material — so long as it’s not the only focus of a video.

Beginning on Dec. 2, YouTube stated, scripted or simulated violent content material present in video video games will probably be handled the identical as scripted content material in TV or films.

“We’ve heard loud and {clear} that our insurance policies must differentiate between real-world vs. simulated violence, and we’re updating our enforcement to mirror that,” the YouTube Gaming staff wrote in a tweet Monday.

Below the replace to the Neighborhood Pointers, future gaming uploads that embrace scripted or simulated violence could also be authorized as a substitute of being age-restricted. YouTube stated there will probably be fewer restrictions for violence in gaming total however stated the positioning “will nonetheless preserve our excessive bar to guard audiences from real-world violence.”

As well as, YouTube should still age-restrict content material if “violent or gory imagery is the only focus of the video,” based on the positioning. YouTube additionally stated the replace to its Neighborhood Pointers doesn’t have an effect on whether or not or not movies are eligible for monetization below YouTube’s advertiser-friendly pointers.

YouTube CEO Susan Wojcicki final month stated in her quarterly letter to the creator group that the video website deliberate to replace the coverage on violent content material because it pertains to gaming.

The Leisure Software program Affiliation, a commerce group that represents recreation publishers, has lengthy maintained that video video games don’t trigger real-world violence or aggression. “Blaming video video games for real-world violence isn’t any extra productive than blaming different types of media for the content material they depict,” the ESA says on its web site.

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