YouTube Rejects Matt Chat for Partnership

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YouTube finally got around to sending me an email today concerning the application for a partnership I put in months ago. Here's what they said:

Dear blacklily8,

Thank you for your interest in the YouTube Partner Program.

Applications are reviewed for a variety of criteria, including but not limited to the size of your audience, country of residence, quality of content, and compliance with our YouTube Community Guidelines and Terms of Use. At this time, we are unable to accept your application. To continue building your channel, you may be interested in the following resources:

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Thank you for your understanding.

The YouTube Team

Thanks for nothing, YouTube team. After over a year of providing free content for your site, with dozens of original, exclusive interviews with industry professionals, this is what I get. A curt form letter rejection. At the risk of sounding like an ass, I know of plenty of other channels that did get a partnership despite fewer subs, videos, comments, and so on. I'll leave it to my betters to decide if the "quality of content" was the issue.

I'm not interested in providing YouTube with any additional content. I plan to explore my options, possibly looking into ways to just host any future video files here at Armchair Arcade. Nevertheless, it's a sad day for me and for those of us really interested in preserving and promoting our gaming history.

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Chip Hageman
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Youtube are a box of

Youtube are a box of tools.

Bandwidth would most certainly be a big issue here.. Armchair peaks at a little over 100k/s on my end.. add the stress of video to that and it would probably collapse. What about vimeo or other hosting solutions?

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Carl Williams
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As mentioned by someone on

As mentioned by someone on Facebook, try blip.tv, I work with a couple of people that don't reach nearly the audience you do and are making close to $20 a month off of Blip. Give it a try, maybe use Youtube and promote your show being on Blip too (again, a popular tactic that works) and mention that it is a painless way to support Matt Chat (I would definitely watch the show on Blip rather than Youtube if it was available, just because I know you are getting some kind of revenue from it).

Matt Barton
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I emailed them asking for

I emailed them asking for clarification (I would at least like to know a specific reason), but will definitely look into blip.tv anyway. I've heard about another one (or maybe it's the same one; I'm a bit shaken right now) that is specifically for gamers that requires some kind of approval.

At this point, it's mostly my pride that has been hurt. I put so much work into these videos...I just can't stand thinking about it right now.

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Chip Hageman
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It doesn't reflect on you or

It doesn't reflect on you or the show at all Matt.. You're doing a great job.. Ever see Office Space? Remember "The Bobs"? You're currently talking to the metrics guys (the bobs) over on youtube. These are clueless pencil pushers that aren't thinking in line with what you are trying to accomplish.

In poor taste: Here are "The Bobs", hosted from "The Bobs" site, demonstrating the mental acuity of "The Bobs"...

Your work is heavily appreciated Matt.. their ass backwards logic doesn't matter.

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Faerytale (not verified)
:(

Really sorry to hear this. Hope you continue with your awesome work, with or without youtube. You deserve better than this nonsense answer.
Your work is really professional. Without your great weekly episodes, retrogaming scene would not be the same!
/Faerytale "Sweden"

Catatonic
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Do YouTube have a problem

Do YouTube have a problem because you use screen shots & in-game footage? It's a legal grey area.

Carl Williams
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I say jump over to Blip (get

I say jump over to Blip (get paid for views) and maybe offer DVD's of your show with extended interviews or looks at games. I believe your work, as far as copyright legality in selling a DVD, would fall under fair use that magazines and television shows like G4TV put on, fall into (just have proper copyright notices displayed at the end of the show and a general all encompassing one in the beginning).

These could be produced on demand by various companies (some for as low as $5 per DVD with full color labels and cases with artwork).

sascha/hdrs (not verified)
What does this 'partnership '

What does this 'partnership ' get you?
Your channel and videos have that charming style that I miss on similar other channels, not to mention all the work you spend to make these videos! But I wouldn't bother too much about the rejection. I'm sure they reject plenty of others every day. Don't make yourself too dependable on them.

Nathaniel Tolbert
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Youtube rejected your partnership!

Screw 'em! They have a blatant disregard for anything video game related which surprises me, as that's what a lot of people are interested in on Youtube. I agree with everyone else, check out blip.tv and I bet you they give you more for your show over there than at youtube. Screw Youtube, ever since Google took over they have been a bunch of dictators on content. My friend posted a video with music composed, and performed by a friend of ours and BMG demanded that the video be removed claiming they owned the music. It took months to get it back up through the appeals process. That's a load of utter bullshit and Youtube just bows down before the corps and doesn't even realize they need to investigate before removing audio or video from the site.

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Mark Vergeer
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Kick in the teeth

Of course one has to realize that by suddenly abandoning your loyal YouTube subscribers some may feel like they are getting kicked in the teeth/slapped in the face.

Partnership is not all that. Lots of channels only earn only petty cash this way. Besides there's also negatives attached to being a partner. You can only use content created by yourself so even showing game footage for too long may actually violate the terms. And by becoming a partner YouTube gains rather big rights on your content. It basically becomes theirs.

You don't want to be a partner, you don't want to be mad, you just want to continue to do what you like doing. We've all been at it for years it is a matter of luck and being at the right placed at the right time for this type of thing to actually work out as a job. And then there's those Youtubers that are able to do it as a job, they feel a lot of pressure and the future is not very secure.

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