The Vimeo staff has decided that we are no longer going to allow gaming videos on Vimeo. Specifically, we are no longer going to allow game walk-throughs, game strategy videos, depictions of player vs player battles, raids, fraps, or any other video gaming videos that simply depict individuals playing a video game. Videos falling into this category will be subject to deletion as of September 1st; new videos of this type will be removed.

There are many reasons for the decision, two of which we would like to elaborate on.

1) Vimeo was created with the intent of inspiring creativity and providing a place to share video with friends and family. The Vimeo staff does not feel that videos which are direct captures of video game play truly constitute "creative expression" [Note: Some users in the comments have effectively defended their work as creative. We apologize to those offended. Our decision remains for the other reasons]. Further, such videos may expose Vimeo to liability from the game creator(s), as we have already seen action from popular video game companies against videos such as these.

2) Gaming videos are by nature significantly larger and longer than any other genre on Vimeo. Over these last few months they have been the single biggest reasons for our transcoder wait times.

This decision was not easy, and there was much debate internally; however, we feel this decision will benefit Vimeo in the long run and better benefit the video makers it was created for. Our resources are limited and they must be channeled towards maintaining our goals.

Two questions you might have:

1) Are my gaming videos going to be deleted?

Starting today, all new gaming videos are subject to deletion. Videos uploaded before today will be hosted until September 1.

2) I make Machinima films! It's not the same thing! Am I banned?

We currently do not feel that Machinima films fall under the category of gaming videos described above and, therefore, assuming compliance with our site�s general terms & conditions, we will continue to accept such videos on Vimeo. We are not, at this time, banning films that fall into the Machinima genre.

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j:boyd

j:boyd

Thank you Jebus!

Jordan Megahy

Jordan Megahy Plus

Now I'm just waiting for these people that think Vimeo is like youtube to make a video with them under a blanket crying and screaming "LEAVE OUR GAME SCREENCASTS ALONE!! LEAVE THEM ALONE!"

Just, you, wait...

Best decision ever Vimeo!

Xythar

Xythar

Taunting is unbecoming of you.

It's been established many times that this decision has nothing to do with the quality videos either removed or kept, and is entirely in line with Vimeo seeking to preserve the kind of videos that they feel preserve their mission, over those that they feel do not.

It's not really about keeping "Youtube" videos off Vimeo, and many such videos are still here and will not be removed.

dalas verdugo

dalas verdugo Staff

Vimeo's growth right now is rapid. Not stunted at all. We are scaling, we are improving infrastructure, but we are not willing to provide those resources to this material.

gunsmoke

gunsmoke

And thus the staff sayeth: Vimeo Shall forever remain the sanctum of the artsy elitist.

Film is not the only medium. I have seen some of the BEST editing on video game captures. If you delete video game captures then you should also delete some of the other mundane banality on the site.

From the oppressed to the oppressor so quickly vimeo...

Felipe Spengler

Felipe Spengler

@gunsmoke
Perfect.
There is a lot of CRAP videos in a LOT of categories here. The "Vimeo was created with the intent of inspiring creativity[...]" is nothing else than bullshit.

If Vimeo staff dont like video game videos, or dont have infrastructure for that, just have balls to say that.

You guys can do what you want with Vimeo, its free, but even the decision being bad, the fake excuses are really worst.

Video by Wes

Video by Wes Plus

It can be described as a couple of kids in a pool.
It can also be described as a portrait of two kids in a pool.
The video is obviously processed. There were creative decisions made, there were things left in and things left out.
It's sentimental. You think it's bogus. That's your opinion.
But with any artistic endeavor, it's the creative vector of the piece that's important.

Victor Niglio

Victor Niglio

Now, while this does mean I will need to remove a few of my videos. I have a question about one in particular. Should something like this be allowed? Because it isn't a "player vs player battles, raids, fraps, or any other video gaming videos that simply depict individuals playing a video game".

vimeo.com/1126012

Tell me what you think.

Blake Whitman

Blake Whitman Staff

What would you consider this to be if it is not depicting someone playing a game?

Jordan Megahy

Jordan Megahy Plus

If you want to show your editing skills do it with a camera. I'm very sure you can run around and blend different shots that way.

Babycastles

Babycastles

If you're going to go the sudden censorship route,
the way to differentiate your experience from the Youtube experience is to hide the censored videos made before your announcement, not delete them.
Not sure what you ended up doing though.

phoxis

phoxis

i registered with vimeo only to upload gameplay videos and after uploading some, i came to know it was banned. Then i noticed the rules.
I think gameplay videos may not be that much be creative as it is to make a documentary, but it is creative as much as a home video casually shooted. Game playing is an art. but i understand the problem vimeo is facing. I should better look for other video uploading services.

Harrison Houde

Harrison Houde

YAY VIMEO! THIS IS WHY I LOVE YOU AND WILL CONTINUE TO USE YOUR SERVICE!

Jonathan Jennings

Jonathan Jennings

Good job vimeo you were an ok (well.. a little bit decent) service but by doing this people think you are complete now and most of your users from what i've seen have moved over to youtube.

You are sayed to be a creative outlet people could post their videos on yet you do things like this.

In my honest opinion, I kinda hope you die off like myspace did becuase your service just doesn't function that good anymore and you are so strict and uncreative about content that even though youtube does stupid things sometimes they act and treat their users alot better than you do.

SourceCoast

SourceCoast PRO

Seems like the right decision to me, and 5 years later, the right videos are definitely on Vimeo.

Satanspy

Satanspy

99.9% of all the people that agreed with this Vimeo decision are Mac users. BET IT.

Jacob Reinschmidt

Jacob Reinschmidt

Well I just joined Vimeo. Now I know this I'm out. I cant stand elitist bullshit. It just goes to show that when creative people get a little old they can no longer look at life form a new point of view, and when that makes them uncomfortable they start censuring people.

JacksonGamez

JacksonGamez

Guys come on! I came here because this is a clean site that doesn't have all the crap that YouTube does! It's understandable to not see the point in video games and I totaly get that... But that is part of like a culture now... And this is by all means up to you guys but just at least allow some gaming put restrictions on the time or the space of the video! At least make this better than YouTube! I would like if you guys read this as well and take into consideration what I'm saying but the choice as always is up to you

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