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We all knew it, so I guess now it's official. Sort of. According to a survey conducted by site Gamasutra, nearly a dozen (nearly a dozen?) popular YouTubers admitted to accepting cold, hard cash from video game publishers or devs to provide coverage on their products. Hm, it appears that 141 YouTubers were questioned on YouTube video game criticism ethics.
An anonymous YouTuber commented: "It is expected from our work to be free. Copyright holders don't want us to monetise, no one likes ads, no one likes paid content but we invest our free time into covering the games we love, want to share: basically give free PR for the game itself. If a YouTuber asks for money for delivering great content, it's not wrong - it's a compensation."
Another said: "If you need money and you get an offer to advertise a good game I think it is worth it. If the developer can't afford to pay YouTubers to promote their games they shouldn't do it."
One more added: "If they can get away with that, it's their prerogative."
Why are we not surprised? Also, I'd take the money... EA? Hear that? Gimme da cash, I'll say Battlefield: Hardline is brilliant? EA??
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