FAQ: Using assets from Games Press
Since Games Press was launched in mid-2000 we've assembled a huge archive of games PR assets. At the last count, Games Press contained:
- Over 140,000 press releases
- Over 800,000 screenshots and other images
- PR contact details for over 10,000 companies
Where do the press releases and pictures on Games Press come from?
All the press releases, images and other press assets on Games Press come directly from games publishers, developers and PR agencies. Most are emailed in or uploaded via our Games Press Elite service, and the rest are sourced from publishers' press extranets and websites, and press kits handed out at events like E3. (For details of how to include your press releases on Games Press, please see the How to submit news page.)
Are there any restrictions on using the stuff I download?
All the press releases, artwork and other files on Games Press are distributed by publishers, developers and PR agencies as PR assets. The copyright of all material on Games Press remains with the companies who contribute it, but, because it's intended as PR material, there's unlikely to be a problem with you using it to support editorial or sales content relating to the products it depicts, either in print or online. But we make no guarantee about the right to reproduce any of the material on Games Press, so if you want to be absolutely sure you've got clearance it's best to check with the appropriate publisher, developer or PR agency before publication. Do be sure to include any accompanying copyright messages or photo credits. Oh, and, obviously, you're not allowed to swipe stuff from Games Press and reproduce it on your own press release news wire type service. As if.
Can I upload trailers from Games Press to YouTube?
We occasionally hear from users who have had their YouTube accounts penalized after uploading trailers sourced from Games Press. Copyright disputes can arise over trailers themselves or their soundtracks, or for a variety of other reasons. Sometimes a particular media outlet may even have secured a YouTube exclusive to a particular trailer, unknown to everyone else. In short, it's a minefield. We therefore recommend always obtaining permission from the copyright holder (normally the game's publisher or developer) before uploading a trailer to YouTube or any other video hosting site.
Why do some pictures carry watermarks?
In common with many other websites, we add our own watermarks to screenshots and other images. However, images added to Games Press by publishers, developers and PR agencies who subscribe to Games Press Elite are available watermark-free to all Games Press users. The rest carry GP watermarks by default. While we've no objection to you using images with Games Press watermarks, you can optionally download watermark-free versions by setting up a Games Press Pro account.
Do I need to credit Game Press?
No. In fact, we ask you NOT to mention Games Press in your coverage, or include links to us, as this increases the number of registrations from non-journalists we have to filter. If you want to give a source for news or screenshots, please quote the name of the games company or PR agency who supplied the material to us. This is displayed beside all press releases and asset downloads.
Any restrictions on the amount I download?
We have a limited amount of bandwidth to share between over 30,000 users. Although we don't impose a fixed limit on the amount each user can download from Games Press, we ask you to keep your use of the service reasonable. This means only downloading the images and files you actually need to accompany your editorial. Automatically downloading every single image we post will eventually result in your login being suspended. If you do need to download large amounts of material from Games Press, please set up a Games Press Pro account.
Does Games Press offer an RSS feed?
Can I use Games Press's RSS feed to add a headline feed to my own website?
No, definitely not. It's for your personal reference only, and mustn't be republished in any form. Doing so would result in your Games Press login being revoked. Instantly.
If you've got any other questions about Games Press, or you need further clarification on anything, please don't hesitate to email us.