Sites such as Twitch and YouTube have been criticised for blocking videos containing copyrighted songs

Remedy makes Quantum Break’s licensed music optional for YouTubers

The benefits of having your game played by a notable YouTuber or streamer can often be undermined by the legal loopholes content creators are forced to jump through.

Most notably, platforms including Twitch and YouTube have become notorious for their enthusiastic blocking of videos featuring licensed audio, such as songs.

Titles affected in the past included Remedy Entertainment’s Alan Wake, leading the developer to add a ‘stream-friendly’ option to turn off copyrighted music in its latest title, Quantum Break.

Accessible by players through the game’s audio settings menu, the toggle mutes music such as the songs played at the closing of each of Quantum Break’s acts – meaning video makers won’t suddenly find their playthroughs yanked for copyright infringement.

"Streaming and YouTube especially have become such an essential part of gaming culture these days," Thomas Puha, head of media and partners at Remedy, explained to Engadget.

"At a very late stage in the development of Quantum Break, we came up with the idea of giving the option to disable licensed music to make life a bit easier for everyone wanting to share their Quantum Break experience."

Although Remedy may be the first triple-A developer to implement the idea, it’s not the first studio to optimise its game for streamers – indie creator ColePowered Games previously included a ‘Stream-Safe Music’ option in its city-building title Concrete Jungle.

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