Morning DLC: Video Games News And Rumors 12/13/13


"Valve has updated its user video policies in reponse to Google’s mass cull of potentially copyright infringing user videos.Following reports this week that YouTube is removing video game related content on the grounds of copyright infringement, Valve has updated its policies to protect users sharing content from their own titles.The company also specifies that while in-game footage is acceptable, users should not distribute in-game assets such as music and voice work seperately."


"Next time your kids start whining about how they wish they could play video games for a living, you may have to take them seriously.Games may still considered little more than high-tech toys, but like their analogue precedents in the realm of sports, competitive games are fast giving rise to their own professional class of coaches, and commentators, as well as players who earn salaries even while training for competition and other perks connected to the “athlete” designation. This week, “Kim “viOLet” Dong Hwan became the first ‘StarCraft 2’ pro to obtain a P-1A visa, which will allow him to live and earn a salary in the United States as a “professional athlete” for the next five years."

NBC News

"A new report from the Entertainment Software Association (ESA) claims that video games, video game systems, and accessories are the most wanted items for the 2013 holiday season. according to the report, approximately 79 million Americans intend to purchase video games during the holiday season, according to new market research and analysis.The ESA’s “Holiday Purchasing Study 2013” found that nearly 30 percent of those who intend to buy games and game-related items as gifts also plan to spend more on these items than last year. This demand, the report says, is driven by a strong line-up of video game releases, and the launch of new next generation video game consoles, including the Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and Wii U."

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