UPDATE: In October 2014, we started allowing video game content on Vimeo again. Our platform has grown and changed a lot since 2008. Though we continue to focus on building the best platform for creative people to share work with their peers, we now host many other types of content, too, from business videos to on-demand, feature-length films. We chose to lift this ban because video game content is no longer an outlier in our community nor a drag on our resources the way it once was. Thanks to everyone who has supported us (and passionately debated with us) over the years! <3
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?
p>We currently do not feel that Machinima films fall under the category of gaming videos described above and, therefore, assuming compliance with our siteâ��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.