According to FGC pundit and commentator, Maximilian Christiansen, he’s been running a lot of tests and losing a lot of ad monetization trying to figure out YouTube’s issues with NetherRealm Studios’ upcoming Mortal Kombat 11. After initially complaining about his Mortal Kombat 11 content being automatically demonetized back in late March, he finally figured out why all the content was being demonetized: it was because of the red blood and gore.
This was discussed in a 10 minute video that Max published on his YouTube channel on April 9th, 2019. We didn’t initially cover it because at the time there was a very important discussion happening between male and female YouTubers debating the de-sexualization of the females in the game.
Anyway, in the video below, Max explains what triggers the auto-age restriction and the demonetization from YouTube’s algorithm, as well as offers some tips on how to edit videos to bypass the algorithm’s flags.
At the six minute mark Max explains how to monetize videos for Mortal Kombat 11, and it’s not particularly easy.
“This is what I was specifically doing: going over each sequence of the video where there’s a specific gore splash – and the video algorithm is a violence detector in some ways and it scans videos every once in a while and looks for splashes of blood – that stuff specifically will flag the video pretty hard. Just by doing something with the Fatal Blows, and the certain Crushing Blows, and Fatalities – and removing that red gore in some way – it seems to be completely okay.
“So, it’s a very weird situation.”
So the main issue is that the red blood and gore is triggering YouTube’s algorithm and auto-flagging that content to be age restricted and demonetized. Changing the color of the blood keeps the algorithm at bay.
This meant that anyone performing any of the maneuvers mentioned by Max in the quote above would likely have their video age restricted and demonetized if the blood is left red.
Now the downside to age restrictions is that those videos get automatically blocked in some countries, which will kill the potential reach of the video. It also prevents people without a Google account or those with a banned account from being able to view the content.
However, if you’re willing to go through the extra steps to alter the color of the segments involving the Crushing Blows, Fatal Blows, or Fatalities to green, blue, yellow, or any other color but red, you might be able to bypass the system.
Alternatively, Max also tested out various blood coloration mods in Mortal Kombat X a few weeks ago, and he found that changing the color of the blood to green, blue, or purple, also managed to bypass the auto-age restriction filter.
So if you’re planning on making a lot of content based around Mortal Kombat 11 and you have any intentions on monetizing it on YouTube, be prepared to go through the editing process to either completely remove all the gore and blood or change the screen color using video editing tools to anything but red.
(Thanks for the news tip Blumercystudios)