Atlus Revises Live Stream Limitations on Persona 5, Allows Streaming Until 11/19

The Persona 5 protagonist, despondent in his Velvet Room jail cell.
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Following Atlus USA’s recommendation that live streamers should not stream Persona 5 past the in-game date of 7/7, with the risk of having a content ID claim or their account suspended, their streaming guidelines have been updated after seeing the responses.

When Persona 5 launched, we put out a set of video/streaming guidelines that we hoped would limit online spoilers for fans who have yet to play the game.

To our surprise, we then saw numerous reactive news articles go up, opinion videos post, and received many emails asking us to please change our Persona 5 streaming/video policy. We recognize that our fans are the reason why the game is the major worldwide success it is, and we continue to want them to be able to enjoy the game without fear of being spoiled. However, we also heard your issues with the guidelines and have decided to revise them. Because we want to give players the most access to the game while respecting the original goal, we’re now asking players to refrain from streaming or posting video past the end of the in-game date of 11/19—when the main story gears up for the final act.

We also want to apologize to those of you who saw the previous guidelines blog post as threatening. We want to be transparent about what we do, and the reason we released the guidelines was to give streamers the right information up front. It was never our intention to threaten people with copyright strikes, but we clearly chose the wrong tone for how to communicate this.

Lastly, we want to thank our fans around the world for supporting Persona 5 and ATLUS. The game is a global success because of your passion for the series, and we’re happy that so many of you are enjoying it.

Persona 5 was released for the PS3 and PS4 in Japan on September 15, 2016. It was released for the PS4 in Traditional Chinese on March 23, 2017. It released in North America and Europe on April 4th, 2017, and will release in Korean in 2017.

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  • NoctisOugiBoogie

    About time Atlus.. It’s good that I’m yet on the 5th dungeon

  • Omar Permenter

    and yet all share features are still blocked and why are spoilers even an issue with them? Like if you want to watch a video and be spoiled thats your own choice.

    • highsky00

      Spoilers can come from anywhere. For example, someone is using twitter and one of the users he follows posts a pic of Persona 5 contains important spoilers of the game, no one can predict what they will see on social networking sites like Twitter or FB. And especially Youtube, when you search a keyword many times, it will automatically suggests videos that related to the keyword, I nearly got spoiled for NiER Automata because of that feature and I had to turn the search history feature off.

      • Omega068

        Blocking the share features does not stop people from using their phones to take pictures and put them on social media anyway. The only thing they’ve done is ensure shitty looking pictures of their game get spread around instead of nice looking ones.

        If you want to avoid spoilers you need to not look up the thing in question and avoid social media. This is true for all games and their restrictions change nothing in this respect.

    • Jason Ryer

      They been like this since p4Arena. There’s a silent minority in persona that will pitch a fit and even avoid PV(promo vids) and trailers and they to a point we’re trying to appease them. Importers screwed the rest of us over it’s been that way for years.The plot got leaked at launch and spoilers got leaked on gamefaqs, gaf and reddit for why 11/19 is a spoiler date.

      Sigh we can’t have nice things cause ppl flipout or want to be the first to reveal stuff.

  • Edgar

    We want just to take screenshots memories of the game!
    Why they don’t understand this is useless because not enough to avoid spoilers?! IF people want, they can still spoiler on forums, youtube, etc. It’s not all on share button shoulders.

  • NoctisOugiBoogie

    Do we know when the update will be up?