Where Should Gamers Go to Share Videos?

As we reported last week, video-sharing site Vimeo will soon disallow uploads of game footage. Gamers, however, will still be looking to show off their latest Warcraft raid, Halo 2 headshot or machinima masterpiece, so which sites should they turn to instead? YouTube is the obvious option, but for gamers, it’s not always the most optimal one. Here’s an initial overview compiled with the help of readers and a couple of machinima creators, including Hugh Hancock, who literally co-wrote the book on the subject. With so many sites out there, this is by no means an exhaustive list, so please share your own tips and insights in the comments section.

The sites were ranked on the basis of four criterion, including video quality and total audience size; the robustness of gamer community tools (such as forums, social networks and browsing functions); and whether or not software for capturing game footage was included.


– Total Audience Size: A-
– Gamer Community: C-
– Video Quality: A
– Video Capture Software? No

Hancock’s a fan of blip: “[I]t lets you upload your own .flv files,” he explained to me in email, “so you can have total control over the encoding, and it’s got good promotion and more options than you can shake a stick at (automatic syndication to all sorts of places, automatic upload to the Internet Archive, and it just goes on.)” All true, though I found browsing for decent game videos or active gamer communities difficult.


– Total Audience Size: B-
– Gamer Community: A
– Video Quality: B+
– Video Capture Software? Yes

Catering to gamers, the site lets you upload videos up to 500 megs in size and nicely organizes videos in a gamer-centric way (Clan, Pwned, etc.), with a social network to boot. However, I found the search/browsing function to be somewhat frustrating.


– Total Audience Size: A
– Gamer Community: D-
– Video Quality: A
– Video Capture Software? No

“[I]t’s certainly the most popular for machinima stuff,” Hancock told me. “It has very few if any limitations, and the quality’s fantastic.” Of course, one of those limitations is just what qualifies as machinima (as opposed to prohibited video game footage), which as I’ve already noted, is not totally clear.


– Total Audience Size: B+
– Gamer Community Tools: A-
– Video Quality: B
– Video Capture Software? Yes

Full disclosure: WeGame is backed by True Ventures, which also backs the GigaOM network. That said, I genuinely like the site’s interface and presentation, which makes it easy to browse and share videos. I also had a chance to use the capture software, and found it fairly user-friendly. On the downside, video quality seems only somewhat better than YouTube.


– Total Audience Size: C
– Gamer Community: B+
– Video Quality: B+
– Video Capture Software? Yes

Still in beta, this is another gamer-centric community site with a cluttered but information-rich presentation. As an added bonus, they have a “Matchzone” where players compete, upload video of the match so that Wipido judges watch the replay footage, and the winners are subsequently awarded cash prizes.

Bottom line? For your artsy machinima, go with blip.tv and Vimeo; try the others to share gamer footage only fellow players will appreciate. Think you have the next Leeeroy Jenkins breakout viral hit? Upload it to YouTube. As Hancock noted, “[T]he quality’s getting less crappy, and you can’t beat the size of the audience.”

Thanks for tips from NTV readers Geoff, Jack, and Fraser, metaverse developer Rodica Buzescu, and Hugh of Straycompany.org. Audience size grade based on Alexa rank.

Image credit: Kevin Rose’s Rock Band match from the Digg office on GameVee.


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