Microsoft has reportedly offered YouTube users money in exchange for good press about the Xbox One, according to a post today from GameSpot.
Reported first by Ars Technica, Microsoft launched the promotion that offered partners of YouTube network Machinima an extra $3 per every thousand views for videos tagged with “XB1M13.”
Information from a reportedly leaked copy of the legal agreement shows that the YouTube users were not allowed to say “anything negative or disparaging about Machinima, Xbox One or any of its games,” and the video must include at least 30 seconds of footage from the next-gen console.
The campaign supposedly kicked off on Jan. 13 and was slated to run until just before midnight on Feb. 9, though an email obtained by Ars Technica indicates that the promotion expired on Jan. 16 after just 1.25 million views.
The news comes after Microsoft claimed last week that it had outshined Sony’s PlayStation 4 in terms of US sales with the Xbox One in December.
You can read more of that Examiner report by clicking here.