YouTube has become the go to site for video sharing for all manner of content including gaming. There was a time when only a select group of individuals had the tools to upload and share high quality video game trailers, video reviews etc. but things have changed dramatically. Now that current gen consoles have video sharing capabilities and the now more affordable price of capture devices, the market is overflowing with content from almost literally everyone. This has made the powers that be at YouTube update what channels can be a part of their Partner Program (YPP) aka who can and who can not monetize their content on the site.
Under the newest terms, starting next month channels will have to accumulate over 4,000 hours of watch time over the past 12 months and a minimum of 1,000 subscribers. The majority of popular channels will remain unaffected but smaller channels may take a hit even with dedicated audiences if those milestones are not reached in time.
Channels that are below the new threshold that currently enjoy monetization status can keep it if they get their view time and subscriber counts up within the next 30 days. Those that cannot will lose their Partner status and if they meet the requirements in the future, their channels will be reviewed again by YouTube before they can reenter the program.
It will be interesting to see how the news goes over with content creators over the next few days.
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