Activision looking to profit from User Content in GH: World Tour

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This has me kind of worried to be honest. Kotaku report that:

“Bobby Kotick, CEO of Activision Blizzard, noted during today’s quarterly earnings conference call that the publisher may begin charging for user-generated songs uploaded through Guitar Hero World Tour’s GH Tunes service. Kotick has previously stated that GH Tunes has the “potential” to be one of the ‘credible alternatives to iTunes.’ “

I want to jump the gun here and say that Activision are just seeing nothing but dollar signs but we have yet to see if any of the users will be able to benefit from their own creations.

If they don’t then I am not going to be a happy camper. Profiting directly from content created by users is something that goes a little overboard in my opinion and the fact that the songs won’t even have lyrics makes me wonder if it will all be worth it.

As reported by Kotaku, Activision knows exactly how much money can be made from subscription based services such as World of Warcraft but I don’t see this as a step forward for gamers at all. The content should be free and available to anyone who buys the game. If something like this catches on you could see scenarios were all publishers start charging for the ability to access user created content.

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Source: Kotaku

Last Updated: July 20, 2017

Nick De Bruyne

Video games writer, editor and critic since ’08. Living and breathing video games, movies and cars since the 80s. Follow me on Twitter if you love tons of gaming talk, and @pennyworthrevs for fun stuff and links.

  • Wesley

    Well of reviews i read the music you make sound like midis anyways so who would want to buy a midi qaulity song that some 3 year old made in like 10 minutes……? ill pass.

    In early interviews i was under the impressions they ment you could actauly make your own song.. like add your favourite artists mp3/wma/ogg ect. and add “charts” to the songs. But they went into another direction by just giving you an empty board an hope you know your bmp ect….

    Now its like your not allowed to make a song thats copy protected. I even read that if you remarkably make a nirvara song they’ll have to take it down … i mean whats up with that? oh well i guess Guitar Hero lost the plot ….. AGAIN

    Now i ask you with tears in my eyes how did they come up with the ideas from the youtube that you make your own songs if it was pirated of a GH2 game made by some guy with a metallica song.. some game designers just try to make you excited for nothing at the end of the day

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