Another Sega game is hitting consoles with some very detailed streaming restrictions. Unlike Persona 5, published by Sega’s recently purchased subsidiary Atlus, this latest one isn’t a sprawling role-playing game. Streaming or uploading footage from Puyo Puyo Tetris now comes with a long set of rules, and Sega isn’t afraid to reprimand players who violate them.
The video uploading guidelines for the game, which is out stateside on April 25 for Nintendo Switch and PS4, are found on the Japanese Puyo Puyo website. Players who want to share clips from their Puyo Puyo Tetris may do so on their “personal and non-profit blog, homepage and Twitter,” the website says. They can even upload footage to video sites — but not if they’re for commercial use.
That should knock off platforms like YouTube from the list, since they have advertisements. Sega is also warning players against uploading certain parts of the game, like the main Adventure mode campaign, for fear of spoilers. (Yes, really: spoilers for a Puyo Puyo and Tetris crossover.)
There are a lot of recorded streams and gameplay videos on YouTube from the game, which has been available in Japan on PS4 since December 2014. Those remain online, at least for now:
These guidelines are reminiscent of those Atlus and Sega have for Persona 5, even without the heavy emphasis on keeping RPG fans in the dark on major story events. Puyo Puyo Tetris may not have the same excited fanbase as the Persona series, so we wouldn’t expect to see scores of gameplay streams and videos anyway; still, this seems to be proof that Sega is happy to tighten its control over all of its intellectual property.
Whether players actually follow the rules is another story — and in the case of Persona 5, some streamers already seem happy to ignore Sega’s threats of channel bans and copyright claims.
Update: Sega confirmed that these restrictions won’t apply to the North American version.
“We highly encourage our American and European fans to stream Puyo Puyo Tetris when it comes out (there are no PS4 share button restrictions),” a representative told Polygon. “We want them to share their experiences with the world, but we do ask them to please be conscious of revealing Adventure Mode story cutscenes.”
The company “doesn’t intend” to issue copyright claims against those whose footage does dip into spoiler territory, however; it only asks that players be respectful of each other.