BlazBlue: Cross Tag Battle, late EVO entry and massive crossover fighter from Arc System Works, has officially launched in Asia. Following that, the North American branch of Arc System Works has dropped a list of streaming and video restrictions the company expects everyone to follow. Obviously, like the Persona 5 incident last year, the fans aren’t happy.
The statement is as friendly as such a post can possibly be, and if you read between the lines it sounds like orders coming from high up on the food chain. Arc System Works’ statement says it wants players to be able to share their BlazBlue: Cross Tag Battle content, and sure enough, there aren’t any issues with streaming normal fighting gameplay. They also encourage lengthy tutorial videos, character breakdowns, combo videos, so on and so forth. The problem comes with two specific parts of the game: the music, and the story, or Episode Mode.
Arc System works is fine with music being in videos as part of gameplay, but warns against full soundtrack rips. Also, the company really doesn’t want any footage of Episode Mode out there, but says at a bare minimum, to only use clips sparingly, and nothing past chapter two.
The rules are listed as “non-negotiable with the powers that be” and warns that anything pushing them is risking a content ID claim or channel strike/suspension.
Source: Arc System Works via Twitter