Dec 12 2013, 3am
VOLTAGE INC. vs YouTube uploaders
So recently Voltage Inc. has told YouTube uploaders to STOP uploading their videos of the otome games we all know and love. To make matters WORSE they have already DELETED some youtubers’ accounts only a few days after sending them strikes to their blogs, ergo FORCING their accounts to be shut down and their videos erased. Ladies, in a few weeks it will be as if Voltage videos on YouTube never even EXISTED.
I can understand that they don’t want their games freely published to the public but rather they prefer we pay them 3.99 for the routes, but seriously?
These girls have taken the time out of THEIR day to upload these videos only to find their time was wasted on nothing more than empty progress.
I am very disappointed in Voltage Inc. I can understand they have the copyrights and all, but deleting 15-18 year olds videos on YouTube? You’re better than that Voltage.
I’m sorry to butt in but…no. Voltage has every right to take down those videos because (copyright stuff aside) people uploading entire routes to their YouTube channels results in large financial losses for the company. People aren’t going to pay for what they can watch for free. Imagine every view on one of these videos being a potential customer and multiply by $3.99 — the cost stacks up pretty quickly.
Unlike the 15-18 year old girls who upload the videos as a hobby, these games are Voltage employee’s livelihood — if the game doesn’t sell well, a lot of good people aren’t going to get paid what they deserve.
And while these girls have taken a couple hours out of their day to upload something that they didn’t have the legal right to upload in the first place, employes at Voltage spends MONTHS developing these games (creating story/characters, writing code, drawing sprites/CGs, translating, marketing, etc.) only to have their hard-earned profits stolen from them by people who do things like this. If you think the unloaders are feeling like they wasted a couple hours of their life, you can imagine how the people at Voltage feel.
TL;DR; Voltage has every right to keep people from pirating their games because they work incredibly hard on their content and deserve every penny they can earn.