Vimeo has decided to snub uploads of direct-feed footage from video games. They just don’t consider the content worth the effort or the huge file sizes anymore. They also make a point to say that our videos aren’t creative.
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”. 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.
Funny, I just signed up for a Vimeo account about two weeks back, and started testing their site out. Well, looks like I won’t be using them anymore! That’s alright…they don’t want our kind on their site, then we don’t want to be there.