So, you want to do a Let’s Play of a game and want to monetise it or just do a feature, but you’re not sure of any policies and worried that someone will claim copyright?
Worry not as most of the developers and/or publishers don’t mind that you do and why should they?
It’s great free publicity and exposure for their game, so here is a list of links or tweets from them and what they say.
The games in brackets are just so you recognise who they are, not that their policy only covers that game (unless otherwise stated)!
Deep Silver Volition (Saints Row franchise) A Tumblr page with some info and a link on there to a full statement.
22Cans (Godus): Email them via the link on http://www.22cans.com/support/#answer:169
Stoic (The Banner Saga): http://stoicstudio.com/video-policy/
Gaijin Games (BIT.TRIP): The blog post has gone, but they basically don’t mind.
Double Fine (Psychonauts/Broken Age): http://www.doublefine.com/about#videos
Runic Games (Torchlight): http://www.torchlight2game.com/legal/fan-art-video-policy
Klei (specifically Don’t Starve. Contact them for other games): http://www.dontstarvegame.com/player-creation-guidelines
Celcius Game Studios (Drifter): http://www.celsiusgs.com/videopermission.php
Shining Rock Software (Banished) – http://www.shiningrocksoftware.com/faq/ (at the bottom)
Gameplay videos are cool! If you’re a YouTuber and receiving content matches, then please dispute our claims so we can help approve.
— Rovio Entertainment (@Rovio) December 14, 2013
In regards to YouTube’s new policies: We are not using the Content ID system. We want our fans to freely upload material from our games!
— NinjaBeeGames (@NinjaBeeGames) December 12, 2013
YouTubers! Let us know if you encounter any issues on YouTube involving our games, we have no problem helping out 😀
— Zen Studios (@zen_studios) December 12, 2013