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*UPDATED, 1/1/16* - Hey folks, thanks so much for all your questions and support regarding this topic. Please be sure to watch the video above if you have not already. Youtube has updated their policy regarding monetizing gaming videos as of 2014. Even though the list below has great information for when you get that inevitable Content ID Match, it's no longer quite as essential as it once was thanks to Youtube's policy update (assuming your content very closely follows their guidelines).  

As always, be very careful monetizing work using footage from the companies that only list "Email" as the permission source. Youtube will not accept emails as a legitimate means to prove permisson.

 COPYRIGHT OWNERS WHO ALLOW MONETIZATION

11 Bit Studios YouTube Monetization Permission and Policy

Blurb on their website - Scroll to "About This Game" section under Anomaly. Keep in mind it does not specifically mention monetization so monetize at your own risk. Website

Always Geeky YouTube Monetization Permission and Policy

Quote from @AlwaysGeeky on Twitter - " I've said it before but I'll repeat. Anyone who wants to monetize and make Vox content has my full support. Now please, make some Vox content." (Twitter)

Atlus YouTube Monetizatin Permission and Policy

An Atlus rep returned my email to say that they do not grant official permission to use their footage or monetize transformative works. However, they also do not outwardly object to users using their content or monetizing transformative works save for in special cases. (Email)

Activision Blizzard YouTube Monetization Permission and Policy

The only exceptions to this rule are if you participate in partner programs with YouTube, Justin.tv, Blip.tv, Own3d.tv, or Ustream.tv (the Production Websites) whereby a Production Website may pay you for views of a Production if you are accepted into their partner program." Website

The Behemoth YouTube Monetization Permission and Policy

The Behemoth posts a message in their FAQs stating that Let's Plays are generally ok as long as they follow their guidelines. Website

Bethesda Softworks YouTube Monetization Permission and Policy

It’s also okay for you to monetize your videos via the YouTube partner program and similar programs on other video sharing sites. Website

Bohemia Interactive YouTube Monetization Permission and Policy

BOHEMIA INTERACTIVE a.s. hereby grants to any third party a personal, non-exclusive, non-transferable permission to use and display game content and to create derivative works (“Work”) based upon audio & video capture/recording of game content on the website: www.youtube.com, for worldwide commercial use based on full or demo versions of games from BOHEMIA INTERACTIVE a.s. Website

 
 

Bungie YouTube Monetization Permission and Policy

BE VERY CAREFUL WITH BUNGIE. I've moved them here because they seem to have changed their stance. However, the language is very vague and they don't seem too keen about ads in general. Quote: We ask that you put some time and effort into your content. Make it your own. Don't just upload a copy of our video and slap ads on it. We don't slap ads on our own stuff. If you do that, we reserve the right to have the content removed and send you a nasty letter. Website

 
 

Carbon Games YouTube Monetization Permission and Policy

Yes! Everyone is allowed to broadcast and monetize AirMech videos. Website

 
 

CD Projekt Red YouTube Monetization Permission and Policy

I asked for permission via email and they responded saying that I could use their video footage for "journalists purposes." Email

 
 

Codemasters YouTube Monetization Permission and Policy

Any content you create will be yours; you can monetise it if you wish and you’ll receive no interference from us – providing that the material you upload is largely your own content. Website

 
 

Dark Vale Games YouTube Monetization Permission and Policy

Dark Vale Games responded to my email request stating that they did not mind me using footage from their game as long as I mentioned them in them in the video. (Email)

 
 

Daydalus Studio YouTube Monetization Permission and Policy

I received permission to monetize videos for their Platform Hack title on XBLIG on the condition that I mention Daydalus Studio in the review. Twitter

 
 

Deep Silver YouTube Monetization Permission and Policy

Deep Silver gave me permission to monetize videos using footage from Risen and Risen 2: Dark Waters. I have since reached out to them regarding the rest of their library. I will update this section once I hear back from Deep Silver. Email

 
 

Devolver Digital YouTube Monetization Permission and Policy

Yes. Website

 
 

Digital Extremes YouTube Monetization Permission and Policy

You may run ads or other revenue generating streams via the YouTube Partner Program or similar programs on other video sharing sites that don’t interfere with a user’s access to the video. Website

 
 

Double Fine YouTube Monetization Permission and Policy

Yes! You may even monetize them if you wish!Website

 
 

Electronic Arts YouTube Monetization Permission and Policy

(EA) Update: EA has now published their permissions online. Website

 
 

Epic Games YouTube Monetization Permission and Policy

As an exception to this policy, fans are permitted to monetize web videos (such as YouTube) with advertisements, so long as those videos otherwise meet the requirements of this policy. Website

 
 

Firefly Studios YouTube Monetization Permission and Policy

Firefly Studios grants content creators on YouTube permission to run ads on their videos via the YouTube Partner Program, so long as this advertising does not interfere with users’ access to said videos.Website

 
 

Frictional Games YouTube Monetization Permission and Policy

Indirect permission given via their message forums. Website

 
 

Focus Home Interactive YouTube Monetization Permission and Policy

FHI emailed me to grant me permission. Email

 
 

The Fullbright Company YouTube Monetization Permission and Policy

Steve Gaynor from Fullbright granted me permission via email and said they'd look into putting the permission on their website.  Email

 
 

Gaslamp Games YouTube Monetization Permission and Policy

Indirect Permission given via their message forums. Website

 
 

Grinding Gear Games YouTube Monetization Permission and Policy

Indirect Permission given via their message forums. Website

 
 

Hairbrained Schemes Studio YouTube Monetization Permission and Policy

Mitch G. (one of the co-founders) gave me permission via email. Email

 
 

Hi Rez Studios YouTube Monetization Permission and Policy

Hi Rez Studios granted me permssion to monetize derivative works via email as long as I gave credit to them in my videos. Email

 
 

Insomniac Games YouTube Monetization Permission and Policy

I received permission to publish videos using their content via email. Email

 
 

Kalypso Media YouTube Monetization Permission and Policy

Kalypso Media head of PR responded to my email request to let me know that I was allowed to produce videos using their content and even gave me a YouTube contact form to fill out. Email

 
 

Klei Entertainment YouTube Monetization Permission and Policy

If you want to upload videos of or about Don't Starve to video sharing and streaming sites (like YouTube & Twitch etc.) you can absolutely put ads on them. All we ask is that you consider adding a link somewhere to the game's Steam page, or the official website. You don't have to, but it would be super awesome if you did. Website

 
 

Konami YouTube Monetization Permission and Policy

A rep from Konami told me it was ok to post videos using their game footage and to monetize them as long as it was for review type purposes. Email

 
 

Microsoft YouTube Monetization Permission and Policy

Microsoft has updated their policy to allow video creation and monetization. Read their rules carefully as they are very specific and detailed. Website

 
 

Mojang YouTube Monetization Permission and Policy

Mojang was recently acquired by Microsoft, so I don't know how that will affect Minecraft in the long term. For now, everything seems to be okay. Website

 
 

Nordic Games YouTube Monetization Permission and Policy

Nordic Games gave me permission to monetize videos using footage from ArcaniA Gothic 4 and recommended I contact them on a game-by-game basis for other games as they do not own the license to certain games outright. Email

 
 

Orangepixel Games YouTube Monetization Permission and Policy

You are free to create videos using recordings of Orangepixel games, subject to the rules and caveats on this page. This includes, and is not limited to ’Lets Play’ and ‘Shoutcast’ style videos. You can post these videos wherever you want. Website

 
 

Paradox Interactive YouTube Monetization Permission and Policy

Legal department published a letter granting monetization permissions. Website

 
 

Re-Logic YouTube Monetization Permission and Policy

Re-Logic allows YouTubers to monetize videos of Terraria according to the FAQ's on Terraria's site. Website

 
 

Red 5 Studios YouTube Monetization Permission and Policy

Sites such as Youtube and Twitch.tv offer partner programs that allow you to monetize your content through the addition of advertisements either during the playback or as an overlay. These programs are perfectly acceptable as long as you do not prevent access to the produced content. Website

 
 

Riot Games YouTube Monetization Permission and Policy 

Permission and conditions given on their website. Website

 
 

Robot Entertainment YouTube Monetization Permission and Policy

You may upload review and walkthrough ("Let's Play") style videos of Robot Entertainment's games, and may monetize (place ads on/next to) the videos. Website

 
 

Robot Loves Kitty YouTube Monetization Permission and Policy

Alix from RLK gave me permission to make and monetize videos via email. They are also working to get the permissions posted to their website, so stay tuned for that. Email

 
 

Robotronic Games YouTube Monetization Permission and Policy

The Awesomenauts website says they allow permission for video editors to monetize videos using Awesomenauts footage. Website

 
 

Runic Games YouTube Monetization Permission and Policy

Runic Games gave me permission to monetize videos using their games. Email

 
 

Signal Studios YouTube Monetization Permission and Policy

Signal Studios provides permission to upload and monetize videos on their message forms. Website

 
 

Sony Online Entertainment (SoE) YouTube Monetization Permission and Policy

"You can monetize your videos through "partner programs" on sites like Twitch and YouTube." Website

 
 

Subsoap YouTube Monetization Permission and Policy

Special permission is granted to those who wish to monetize video "Let's Plays" on YouTube (or other video portals including streaming services such as TwitchTV) through ads (example: if they are a YouTube partner). Website

 
 

Subset Games YouTube Monetization Permission and Policy

Subset Games gives explicit permission to monetize footage of their FTL game on YouTube via their website. Website

 
 

Supergiant Games YouTube Monetization Permission and Policy

Permission to monetize provided on their website. Website

 
 

TaleWorlds Entertainment YouTube Monetization Permission and Policy

TaleWorlds 'amended' their EULA via their message forums to grant monetization permssion. Website

 
 

Team 17 YouTube Monetization Permission and Policy

We undertand that there's an option to include adverts on your YouTube channel and users are permitted to earn revenue through advertising partner programs. Website

 
 

Team Chucklefish YouTube Monetization Permission and Policy

Team Chucklefish provides permission to monetize YouTube videos on the FAQ pages of two of their Starbound and Stardew Valley Games. http://stardewvalley.net/faq&sa=D&ust=1457486822491000&usg=AFQjCNGXwgFYTPaUNjsDrD1yad0ZqNmfdA

 
 

The Indie Stones YouTube Monetization Permission and Policy

The Indie Stones give permission via their message forums to use footage from their Project Zomboid game. Website

 
 

Tom Happ (Axiom Verge) YouTube Monetization Permission and Policy

Tom gave permission to make videos and ads on his message forum. Website

 
 

TopWare Interactive YouTube Monetization Permission and Policy

TopWare granted me permission to use and monetize their game footage via email. Email

 
 

Trion Worlds YouTube Monetization Permission and Policy

Trion Worlds permits YouTube video monetization with restrictions. See Source for details. Website

 
 

Ubisoft YouTube Monetization Permission and Policy

Ubisoft provides permissions on their message forums. Website

 
 

Valorware YouTube Monetization Permission and Policy

I received permission from the publisher via a conversation on YouTube. YouTube

 
 

Valve YouTube Monetization Permission and Policy

You are free to monetize your videos via the YouTube partner program and similar programs on other video sharing sites. Website

 
 

Warner Bros YouTube Monetization Permission and Policy

Contact Warner Bros. Prior to monetization since they do not grant a blanket license online. I also want to stress caution when dealing with WB because a few other people have reported that they've received a different answer from the one I received from their PR department. Email

 
 

Wulven Studios YouTube Monetization Permission and Policy

Wulven Studios gives permission to monetize videos for their Shadow Era title via the Shadow Era's website FAQs. Website

 
 

COPYRIGHT OWNERS WHO PROHIBIT MONETIZATION

 

Capcom YouTube Monetization Permission and Policy

I'm keeping Capcom Here because of the "As Long as there is no money changing hands" comment on their site. That usually refers to pay-wall type situations, but since we don't know for sure, I can't comfortably recommend Capcom for monetization. Website

 
 

GungHo Online Entertainment YouTube Monetization Permission and Policy

 (GameArts, Acquire, Gravity)GungHo responded to my email stating that I may make videos but not monetize them. Email

 
 

Kemco YouTube Monetization Permission and Policy

Kemco responded to my email stating that they do not presently grant official permission to use their footage. Email

 
 

Natsume YouTube Monetization Permission and Policy

Natsume does not allow their footage to be monetized. Email

 
 

NIS America YouTube Monetization Permission and Policy

NISA's PR team told me that they do allow independent content creators to use their footage, but not to monetize it. Email

 
 

Sega YouTube Monetization Permission and Policy

Sega's PR team responded to my email stating that they could not grant me a license for YouTube content. Plus, given their checkered past with other creators, I'd be very careful with their content. Email

 
 

SNK YouTube Monetization Permission and Policy

SNK responded to my request to let me know that they do not give license to independent editors to produce derivative works using copyrighted material. Email

 
 

Tecmo Koei YouTube Monetization Permission and Policy

Tecmo Koei stated that they do allow people to make videos, but that they do not typically allow us to monetize these videos. Email

 
 

TellTale Games YouTube Monetization Permission and Policy

While Telltale does allow fan-made videos using their footage, they do not allow users to monetize videos using their work. Website

 

Sample Email:

 

Hi Folks.

 

My name is [YOUR NAME] and I produce gaming video content for AlloySeven and other sites like VentureBeat, GameSkinny and RPGWatch.

 

I would like to know if [Insert Copyright Owner's Name] would allow me to produce transformative works (Reviews, Let's Plays, etc.) using video footage from games you own the copyrights to? 

 

Further, does [Insert Copyright Owner's Name] allow editors to take advantage of YouTube's Partner Program that places ads on the videos we make?

 

I hope this message finds you doing well and thanks in advance for your response.

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