Atlus, makers of Persona 5 have made it abundantly clear that they don’t want gamers streaming Persona 5, their reasoning being that because Persona 5 is a heavily story based game and the do not want the game spoiled for possible buyers. I can honestly see where they’re coming from, they really want people to buy this game and enjoy it, so if Atlus was just suggesting to their customers to not stream it, or at the very least disable certain cut scenes from being streamed which both the PS4 and Xbox One have the capability of doing. I remember playing Nioh that certain cut scenes I’d see text saying “streaming disabled” so if Atlus wanted certain scenes from not being seen this is all they had to do. Atlus wrote in a blog post,
“Simply put, we don’t want the experience to be spoiled for people who haven’t played the game, our fans have waited years for the game to come out and we really want to make sure they can experience it fully as a totally new adventure.”
All in all if that’s all that this was it would basically be a non-issue, but, and you knew there’d be a but, they didn’t stop there, Atlus really doesn’t want you playing past the in game date of 7-7 and if you do here is their threat:
If you decide to stream past 7/7 (I HIGHLY RECOMMEND NOT DOING THIS, YOU HAVE BEEN WARNED), you do so at the risk of being issued a content ID claim or worse, a channel strike/account suspension.
ID claim, which has happened to our channel isn’t too terrible, that just means you can’t make money off of what you posted, we’ve had that happen with other Japanese companies, Nintendo, Capcom, and Konami (because Japan doesn’t get the modern internet), so Atlus doing the same thing isn’t too shocking (no excuse though), but to threaten channel strikes (which gives you a bad standing with YouTube) or account suspensions is madness.
Now Nelson, Izzo and I do the whole YouTube thing for fun, we have day jobs and we have our YouTube channel just to let our creative juices flow and have fun, any money we make (which is very little) is gravy, but people do make a living off of YouTube and threatening channel strikes and account suspensions can really affect their lively hood and that I can’t forgive. In fact for our podcast this Friday we were going to play Persona 5 (because I’m super excited to play it) but since there is the possibility of us getting a strike we’re not going to play it and since I haven’t purchased it yet I feel I’m going to hold off for a bit, at least until I get back from Japan, so at the very least that will be next month.
So what do you think about Atlus’s banning of streaming for Persona 5? Does this make you less likely to purchase it? Let us know in the comments below.