In regards to YouTube’s Monetization Policy

The question has come up before so I just wanted to clarify our stance:


We, Subset Games, hereby declare that all YouTube users have our permission to run advertisements for the purpose of monetization on their videos of our game, FTL: Faster Than Light.

- Justin Ma & Matthew Davis (founders)


Hopefully that is sufficient evidence for them.  Thanks!


EDIT:  This also applies to other video services besides YouTube, such as, but not limited to,

Published by jarmustard, on September 10th, 2012 at 12:53 pm. Filled under: Uncategorized34 Comments

34 Responses to “In regards to YouTube’s Monetization Policy”

  1. Very good! As I saw Total Biscuit’s WTF of your game I became very interested in the game and will probably buy it on release. But I do wonder about your pricepoint. Are we talking $15+ or lower? I am not using kickstarter so I didn’t have the change to buy it from there.

    Comment by Viktor Sonesten on September 10, 2012 at 9:24 pm


    The 14th can’t come soon enough.

    Comment by Khulfaeral on September 10, 2012 at 10:29 pm

  3. Thank you so much I am going to make FTL videos
    Check out my channel CDSGamesReview
    Thank you so. Much

    Comment by CDSGamesReview on September 11, 2012 at 2:39 am

  4. You guys just gained so much of my respect. I’ve been wondering for a while why more publishers don’t take advance of this free advertisement. Before I made gameplay videos let’s plays we’re the reason why I bought several games, and now that I do make them I gives me so much more incentive to actuaslly make a video that I know I can monitize.

    Thank you so much! You are truly on the cutting edge.

    Comment by Likemercygames on September 11, 2012 at 3:24 am

  5. I can’t make it to wait the 14th, please deliver us the game sooner!
    I want to play it so bad!

    Comment by Utopia on September 11, 2012 at 9:01 pm

  6. Free advertising and giving permission for them to make money off of it = the game gets spread out faster and wider area’s because they want more money on the ad’s so they work harder, win win for all.

    Comment by Daniel on September 12, 2012 at 1:26 am

  7. Can’t wait can’t wait can’t wait can’t wait can’t wait can’t wait can’t wait….

    Comment by Tiago Arnaut on September 12, 2012 at 3:24 am

  8. This is excellent news! I’m not sure if I would do any sort of series on this game, but I definitely want to do at least one video on this game, to show off how much fun it is (judging from what I’ve already seen, of course)

    I can’t wait to actually play and get my very own ship destroyed!

    Comment by Merc on September 12, 2012 at 6:36 am

  9. Thank you for that!, can’t wait to play when its released!
    We will upload to our YouTube too :D

    Comment by InstantShifts on September 12, 2012 at 6:57 pm

  10. I can’t wait..
    I can NOT wait.
    Here have my cash, I want FTL badly. :O

    Comment by Jimi on September 12, 2012 at 8:49 pm

  11. This is the perfect kind of game for watching on YouTube and it’s a smart move on your part by endorsing videos due to FTL’s randomness factor. You see the gameplay and think “I want to see what happens when I play”. It’s one reason Minecraft videos are so popular; every game is different and there is not plot to spoil. I flat out refuse to watch videos of games I wish to play if they’re plot driven. Of course I fully understand why developers of plot heavy games would have umbrage with YouTube videos spoiling or revealing the story they worked so hard on which also has the issue of potential customers forgoing a purchase of the game and instead watching a video of the cut-scenes and story, but in this case YouTube can only do good and spread the word of this (hopefully) amazing game.

    Comment by Npie on September 13, 2012 at 8:13 am

  12. I cant wait.. looks like im getting up at 7 tomorrow.. best of luck to you guys.. and thanks for building a great game.. cant wait to play it..

    Comment by DKM on September 14, 2012 at 7:17 am

  13. Hello everybody I am currently throwing money at the screen but its not working. Hmm. well i guess ill wait bout another 18 hours. i watched the Nerd cubed lets play and thought, “yeah right pff whoo.” But when i saw the video my jaw droped! AMAZING GAME HERE!!

    Comment by Spazz Minecraft on September 14, 2012 at 7:43 am

  14. While I admire your stance on monetization, I’m not certain it matters. Youtube have some rather strict ideas surrounding monetization and anyone who wishes to do this sort of thing still needs to be part of a network. Anyone outside of a network chosing to display ads will only be generating money for youtube, not that that is an entirally awful thing but still.

    Very much looking forward to getting my hands on this game though, only 4 hours left.

    Comment by 404 on September 14, 2012 at 3:47 pm

  15. So glad to see this. I saw TotalBiscuit and NerdCubed’s videos on it and I couldn’t hand over my cash fast enough. Bought from

    Comment by sabretooth on September 14, 2012 at 11:34 pm

  16. Yep, this is pretty awesome. They posted this in response to my questions. Now if only YouTube would actually let one of my FTL videos monetize… *sighs*

    Comment by Utoxin on September 15, 2012 at 8:41 pm

  17. I can’t wait ’till I can buy this game! I saw derpanzernator play it, and he made me want to buy it.

    Comment by Captian John Luke Picard of the USS Enterprise on September 28, 2012 at 1:28 am

  18. I’d just like to say that I’ve been playing your game and that in one of my fast foward sequences of the game the music is still great and pretty catchy XD

    Comment by Feyangel23 on September 30, 2012 at 12:00 am

  19. Hey man, love your game…literally have been playing it for days and started a LP! Hope you watch it! (Sorry in advance for the audio)

    Comment by Peter Kendall on October 6, 2012 at 4:52 am

  20. Hey, I emailed you earlier asking about this, it’s so great that you guys are relaxed about this :).

    Love the game, can’t stop playing it xD.

    Comment by Liam Usher on October 8, 2012 at 4:04 am

  21. I thought you guys made an awesome game and then put it on GoG….but nooooo you had to go one step even further and be awesome as a developer and allow people to show-off how awesome your game is…you guys are absolutely amazing!
    P.S. best spent 50 hours++ (so far) of my life as a gamer.

    Comment by Cris I. Ivanov on October 12, 2012 at 10:14 pm

  22. Burnie Burns from Rooster Teeth, owners of achievement Hunter is making a lets play of your game :) Not sure if you knew.

    Comment by Kieron on October 20, 2012 at 6:39 pm

  23. It’s great to see that developers are moving with the times… It may only be indie devs at the moment, but hopefully it will set the standard :)

    Comment by Abe on October 30, 2012 at 7:05 am

  24. Fantastic! Probably gonna be making some FTL videos in the near future, copyright can be a real bitch so I am glad that I am safe. :D

    Comment by GiantMidgetPlays on October 30, 2012 at 8:29 am

  25. I bought the game immediately after watching NorthernLion’s “Let’s look at …”, and, oh my, this game is goooooood. Only minor thing is that I’d love to be able to slaughter my friends in this fine game, so here’s hoping for multiplayer somewhere down the road. That being said, I’m sure I’ll end up spending hours upon hours playing single player anyways. :)

    Comment by Madsen on November 13, 2012 at 10:02 am

  26. I bought the game right after watching Cubehamster’s Let’s Play series. So your decision to allow such videos definitely pays off.

    Comment by varigart on December 15, 2012 at 9:16 am

  27. Do you guys know how much it is in £?

    Comment by totalminer67 on December 16, 2012 at 4:46 pm

  28. Thank you so much.
    Just looked for an eamil adress to send you a request as i saw this.

    Comment by Geanik on January 28, 2013 at 6:17 am

  29. I can add further corroboration to validate your decision to allow Youtube users to upload videos of your game without any hassles .
    I watched a very short Let’s Play series of FTL from a Youtuber (PressHeartToContinue) and had decided to purchase your game before I even got halfway through the video.
    I must say I do not regret the decision. I have even picked up a gift copy for a friend on Steam . That one gift copy might even turn into a couple before all is said and done.
    This game truly is great fun.

    Comment by raifsevrence on February 6, 2013 at 2:40 pm

  30. Me before FTL was released:

    “Holy shit, I cannot wait, this looks so fun!!!!”

    Me now:

    “FUCK THIS THING, THIS GAME IS SO HARD! >_> …..But I love it…”

    Comment by k2trf on March 10, 2013 at 11:51 pm

  31. With 273 hours in FTL, i’m still having great fun! Thanks alot for this!

    Please, multiplayer!
    And longer story…

    Comment by Thaiax on July 21, 2013 at 2:39 am

  32. Advanced Edition…

    I mean, I’m still playing FTL so hard, but I want to PLAY IT SO HARDER.

    Comment by Erik on February 6, 2014 at 5:31 am

  33. Downloaded game twice, can’t get in. How to find sign in?

    Comment by Dennis on February 11, 2014 at 1:54 pm

  34. I will immediately seize your rss as I can not to find your e-mail subscription hyperlink or e-newsletter service. Do you have any? Kindly allow me recognize so that I could subscribe. Thanks.

    Comment by earn $6 per day on March 9, 2014 at 11:32 pm

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