Vimeo Switches Off Videogames

Posted Jul 22, 2008

High quality video streaming service and IAC/InterActiveCorp (NASDAQ:IACI) subsidiary, Vimeo will no longer allow the uploading of video game samples.  Users will no longer will be able to do walk-throughs, game strategies, player vs. player battles, raids, fraps, etc.  Videos that already have this type of content on them will start being deleted on September 1st and new videos with this type of content will be removed immediately.

Why is Vimeo doing this?  First, It’s not creative expression.  And second, video game demos have a tendency to be longer in length, thus being the single biggest reason for transcode wait times.  If this is the case, then we should see an increase in speed for playing and uploading videos on Vimeo.

Will other video upload sites block this from happening?  I doubt it.  Learning how to beat certain parts of a video game is a huge market.  There are video game magazines published that solely teach gamers how to beat certain levels.  Vimeo is just having a hard time learning how to scale.  They need to take some lessons from YouTube.

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