After it came to light that YouTuber PewDiePie, who creates Let’s Play videos and has over 27 million subscribers, makes around $4 million a year, Fez creator Phil Fish re-emerged on Twitter to share his opinion on the subject of Let’s Play revenue being spread out to game developers (via GameSpot):
“YouTubers should have to pay out a huge portion of their revenue to the developers from which they steal all their content.”
“[Ad] revenue should be shared with developers.”
“This should be built into YouTube. Anything else is basically piracy.”
“If you generate money from putting my content on your channel, you owe me money. Simple as that.”
“If you buy a movie, are you then allowed to stream the entirety of it publicly for people to watch for free? No, because that’s illegal.”
“Systems are in place to prevent that. But buy Fez, put ALL of it on YouTube, turn on ads, make money from it and that’s TOTALLY FINE.”
“And the developer should in NO WAY be compensated for their work being freely distributed to the world. Right. Makes sense.”
Once all that had been said, Fish simply added, “Nevermind,” before first protecting his account, then deleting it altogether.
The last time Phil Fish spoke out so loudly on Twitter we thought he’d exited the games industry forever, so don’t be surprised if this isn’t the last you hear of Phil Fish.