Coming on the heels of the Persona 5 Atlus’ streaming restrictions and guidelines, another game is getting some limits imposed on it. In Japan, Sega has limitations on both Puyo Puyo Tetris and Puyo Puyo Tetris S, with an update on them noted on the official website as of April 4, 2017. (As you may recall, Atlus is a subsidiary of Sega.)
Some of the Puyo Puyo Tetris streaming guidelines and restrictions seem like rather commonplace requests. People streaming can’t profit off of the videos, unless you upload the footage to a site like YouTube that would allow Sega to take down the video for copyright violations. Sega doesn’t want the videos associated with content that is violent, obscene, disrespectful, or hurts their image. You can’t remove or alter the watermark that appears when broadcasting using the Share feature. People have to put “© SEGA Tetris ® & © 1985 ~ 2017 Tetris Holding.” in the informational box below the video. Sega also notes it will pursue some sort of charges if it asks someone to delete a Puyo Puyo Tetris video and the person doesn’t comply.
One of the restrictions is akin to the spoiler guideline set with Persona 5. Puyo Puyo Tetris has a story mode. While the other modes, like the standard solo or versus modes, can be streamed, Sega will not allow any footage from the game’s Adventure mode to be shown. The campaign footage, including tutorials and replays, can not be recorded or shared. As a reminder, Puyo Puyo Chronicles, for the Nintendo 3DS, also has streaming restrictions placed on its story.
Update: Sega has issued an official statement on the state of Puyo Puyo Tetris streaming outside of Japan. It is as follows:
“We highly encourage our American and European fans to stream Puyo Puyo Tetris when it comes out (there are no PS4 share button restrictions). We want them to share their experiences with the world, but we do ask them to please be conscious of revealing Adventure Mode story cutscenes.”
Puyo Puyo Tetris has been available on the Nintendo 3DS, Nintendo Wii U, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, PlayStation Vita, and Xbox One in Japan since 2014. It will come to the Nintendo Switch and PlayStation 4 in North America on April 25, 2017, followed by a European release on April 28, 2017. Siliconera has contacted Sega to see if the Japanese streaming restrictions will apply in other regions.