This article covers some of the most frequently asked questions regarding our Creator Program and its associated rank - the YOUTUBE rank. Please do check this article for any questions you have prior to emailing us to ensure that we're not answering things that are already covered here.
Creator Program Requirements and Applications
Below are some frequently asked questions relating specifically to our requirements to apply to join the Hypixel Network Creator Program.
What are the requirements to apply?
Our current requirements for our Creator Program are listed on our applications guide which you can find on our website here.
Why are the minimum requirements to apply so high?
There are a number of reasons why our requirements are set where they are today, however, the primary reasons for this are intended to keep the number of applications we receive at a sustainable level.
By this, we mean that we've set the requirements where they are in order to be able to offer and provide the rank to as many established and well-known creators as possible, while also not overwhelming our team with applications for channels - many of which we would likely be unable to provide ranks to anyway for varying reasons.
Why don't you just accept everyone with a channel?
While this would effectively solve the issue regarding applications by effectively removing that process entirely, this would also create significant problems in itself.
The most obvious of these problems is that this would effectively make everyone eligible for our Creator Program, in this case, given that effectively anyone is able to register an account - and hence get a channel - on YouTube, Twitch, or any number of other video platforms.
Can you make an exception to your requirements for me?
Unfortunately, we cannot make exceptions to our set requirements for any application - not even in cases where you're only very slightly under our set requirements. As we have to say to anyone who asks, we cannot fairly make an exception for one person and not someone else at which point our requirements would effectively be pointless.
I'm about to hit the requirements, but am not there yet. Can I apply now?
Though we cannot accept an application for any channel which has not yet met our minimum application requirements, if you are expecting to reach our set requirements within the next 7 days you are welcome to submit an application in advance. You should note that this is the case in your application in order to ensure we're aware.
In this case, though we would not be able to accept the application in advance, we can often start the process of reviewing your application early to help speed up the process once you do hit the application requirements.
I've just hit the requirements! If I apply now and wait to get the rank before uploading more content, is that ok?
Though it's common to want to wait to get into our Creator Program as a way of celebrating hitting our subscriber requirements, we certainly do not recommend this. In fact, in the worse case, this is likely to be both detrimental to your channel and potentially result in us declining your application anyway.
If you are applying for our Creator Program, please continue to operate your channel normally during this process. Consistency is key to continuing to growing your channel, and this consistency - i.e. frequency and regularity of new content - is a core part of our review process. If you suddenly stop producing new content while you're waiting to be accepted, not only may that result in your subscribers going elsewhere but it may mean that we decline your application due simply to your channel appearing to have become inactive.
I saw a player who doesn't meet the minimum requirements but has a Creator Program rank! Why?
We do occasionally receive questions regarding specific players who have one of our Creator Program ranks, but who don't appear to meet our requirements for the rank they have. In cases where these players legitimately have this rank, this is normally for one of two reasons.
One of the reasons for this can be due to changes in our requirements over time. For example, if our requirements have increased since a specific creator joined our Creator Program, this can mean that they fall under our current requirements - even though they did meet our former requirements. In these cases, we do not usually retroactively apply our current requirements to existing members and instead consider them to be grandfathered into the program under our former requirements.
Alternatively, there are also a very limited number of cases where the same ranks given through our Creator Program have also been assigned to players on our server for other reasons. In these cases, these ranks have not been applied for or even requested by the player who has received it, but these have instead been given at the discretion of our administration team based upon very specific circumstances.
We do also occasionally hear about cases where the owners of very small channels appear to have one of our Creator Program ranks within their videos. In most of these cases, we often find that the "ranks" shown in these creators videos aren't actually ranks on our server but are instead the result of client-side modifications designed to make it look like they have a rank they actually don't. If you want to check this, you can always check a player's true rank by checking their player page on our website here.
If you don't believe that any of the above is the case for a player you've seen with one of our Creator Program ranks, we do encourage you to report them to us via our support site here or by sending us an email to [email protected] with the subject line "Creator Report".
What is Minecraft-focused content?
We consider Minecraft-focused content to be content which has a primary focus on Minecraft for a significant portion of a piece of content, such that the overall piece of content would be substantially different if the Minecraft portion of it were removed. For example, this would include content such as gameplay videos, Minecraft-themed animations, or Minecraft-focused news or documentary content.
This would not include content that may use Minecraft as purely background content for another, unrelated topic. For example, Minecraft-focused content would not include videos primarily about non-Minecraft-related topics, but using Minecraft footage purely in the background simply as something to look at.
What is gaming-focused content?
Like our definition of "Minecraft-focused content", we consider gaming-focused content to be content which has a primary focus on video games in general for a significant portion of a piece of content, such that the overall piece of content would be substantially different if the video gaming-related elements of it were removed. For example, this would include content such as gameplay videos, video gaming-themed animations, or gaming-focused news or documentary content.
This would not include content that may use gaming as purely background content for another, unrelated topic, where this gaming content has little or no relevance to the overall content and would have little to no impact on the overall content if it were to simply be ignored by viewers or removed entirely. For example, gaming-focused content would not normally include videos talking primarily about non-gaming-related topics, but using gaming footage purely in the background simply as something to look at - especially where this may simply be largely ignored by viewers, or may even become a distraction from the contents primary topic.
What is considered reasonable quality content?
While it is difficult to give an objective description of what we consider to be reasonable quality content - this being a more subjective requirement, and one which we consider on a largely case by case basis - we can give an idea of what we do not consider to be this.
As examples, we're generally unlikely to consider content of the following types to be of sufficient quality:
- Significantly meme-focused content or that constantly chasing similarly short term trends;
- Intentionally poor quality content - especially that of an aggressive, ironic, or trollish nature;
- Content which is of little to no actual notable value to viewers.
Generally, what we are looking for is content which a creator appears to have put reasonable effort into creating, which offers an obvious value - such as substantial entertainment or factual value - to those viewing it, and which an audience is typically likely to want to see more of in the longer term future.
As a subjective requirement, the Hypixel administration team does hold the final decision on these aspects of our reviews.
I have a channel that meets the requirements but don't produce video gaming content. Can I apply?
While you are welcome to submit an application for our Creators Program based on non-gaming channels, in the vast majority of cases we are unfortunately unable to accept an application based on these channels - with this especially being the case for channels at and around our minimum requirements.
I make non-gameplay gaming themed content, like animations or machinimas. Can I apply?
As long as your channel still meets our requirements, absolutely!
Whether it be animations, machinimas, gameplay, or other forms of video gaming-focused content - we can consider an application based on your channel, as long as you meet our basic requirements.
Are group channels, with multiple members, eligible? Who can get a rank?
Group channels are absolutely something we can consider applications for our Creator Program based upon and we can often provide multiple group members ranks based on true group channels. That said, as with applications in general, all group channels are considered on a case by case basis - and who we can provide ranks to is something which is subject to our full reviews.
In general, however, for group channels, we do expect that channels will accurately and clearly reflect the group nature of them - and that all group members will be equally deeply and publicly involved with the channel. This means that we generally expect that the channel name, avatar, banner, and other branding will reflect the group as a whole (not a specific individual) and that all group members will be appearing in equal parts in the vast majority of the channels content - normally together and featuring video footage from all members (not necessarily in the same videos). There are additionally other factors we also consider, but this is a basic list to give you an idea of what we expect to see.
For those only involved with your channel in more behind the scenes roles - such as channel managers, editors, and similar - we do unfortunately have to note that we cannot provide these members with ranks on our server.
Shorts Channels: YouTube Shorts based channels are not eligible for consideration as group channels at this time.
Animation Channels: Who is eligible for ranks based upon animation (or similar) focused channels are considered on a strictly case by case basis, and we may decline to provide multiple individuals with ranks based on a single channel. In order to make it clear what roles each member of a group animations channel plays in content, we do advise ensuring that these individuals are appropriately credited - preferably within the videos themselves, such as within end screen credits.
Am I guaranteed to be accepted if I meet the requirements?
While we would like to be able to accept every eligible application we receive, unfortunately, there are a number of reasons why we cannot in a limited number of cases.
To get a quick idea of whether or not we would likely be able to accept an application from you, check that you:
- are acting in accordance with our network rules & policies, and that you have not received any valid punishments recently;
- are acting in accordance with our content creator guidelines;
- do not re-upload other creators content (including clip compilations, edited versions of animations, and similar), and your own primarily original content is the source of the vast majority of your channels total views;
- have not used any services in order to falsely inflate your channel's statistics, such as follower, subscriber, and view "botting" services.
While this list is not fully comprehensive of every possible issue which can arise, if you answered yes to all of the above then there is a good chance that we would be able to accept your application.
Are there any forms of content you will not accept on creator's channels?
In the vast majority of cases, we leave the decision as to what kinds of content a creator produces up to the creator themselves. They know their channels best, including what their viewers do and do not want to see.
That said, there are some boundaries on this - including some forms of content we won't accept from members applying to join or currently in our Creator Program. For example, we don't accept the following forms of content in any form or for any reason:
- Intentional Violation of Hypixel Rules, Terms, and Other Policies
We do not support any content which involves the intentional violation of our server rules, terms, or other policies, for any reason.
- Cheating, "Hacking", or Griefing
We do not support content that focused on cheating or "hacking" within any multiplayer or competitive environment - regardless of what game this is within - where this is not specifically allowed by that Minecraft server or game. Additionally, we do not support content that involves griefing other Minecraft servers where this is not explicitly an allowed part of that server's allowed gameplay.
This can additionally include content which appears to be attempting to intentionally mislead viewers into believing you are cheating or "hacking", in the case that we believe assigning a rank may give the impression that we are supporting that cheating.
- Advertising or Endorsement of Cheats or "Hacks"
We do not support content that clearly advertises or endorses any form of Minecraft modification specifically designed and intended for cheating use. If you are showing cheats in your video for any non-disallowed reason (see above), any cheat names or branding should be removed or hidden to avoid advertising or endorsing them.
In the event that cheats include features specifically targeted at us or otherwise mention us within their interfaces, as is unfortunately common as we are a large target for cheat makers, our name should be blurred within this content.
- Inappropriate Content
We do not support content of an inappropriate or adult nature, including (but not limited to) that set within a Minecraft or another normally child-friendly setting. This includes any content - including videos, video thumbnails, etc. - which depicts acts of an inappropriate nature (i.e. adult content) or nudity.
- Advertising or Endorsement of Illegal or Similarly Concerning Services
We do not support content that advertises or endorses illegal services in any form. As well as more obviously illegal practices, this also includes things like the advertising of unofficial Minecraft account stores ("alt shops" or "account generators") which are often found to be distributors of stolen accounts in addition to being in violation of the Minecraft EULA.
- Re-Uploading Other Creators Content
We will not consider channels that are primarily based upon other creators' works, outside of cases where content is clearly a fair use (e.g. for the purposes of commentary or criticism, of which there must be notable amounts). This includes using other creators' content as the basis of clip compilations, video re-edits, basic memes, and some forms of purely reactionary content (e.g. without adding significant levels of commentary relative to the quantity of content being reused). What we want to see is that you have established and grown an audience based primarily on your own work and that it is your own work that your audience is subscribed to you to see.
An exception to this is "reaction" content, where a creator records themselves reacting to another creator's content and shows that other content in the background, on the basis that such use meets generally accepted fair use standards. That said, we cannot consider such content for the purpose of an application, as this itself does not qualify as Minecraft/gaming-focused content, and we do additionally expect this content to make up a minority (<50%) of a creator's complete library of content - and we do expect that a creator's other content will be original, and does perform reasonably and meet our requirements itself.
- Algorithmically Abusive Content / Non-Content
We will not consider channels that are primarily based and focused upon content that focus on attracting engagements through intentionally misleading clickbait and non-content (e.g. "only X can comment on/like this video" or similar), rather than attracting natural engagement through the creation of good quality content. We want to see that creators are publishing reasonable quality content and that this is the content their audience is ultimately there to see.
- Content Which Violates Platform Terms or Guidelines
We are unable to consider applications based on content that clearly violates content guidelines for the platform your channel is on - such as YouTube or Twitch's community guidelines. This is for a number of reasons, however, one of the most significant is that content of this nature is likely to jeopardize the future of these channels - should the platform take action against them.
While this list is not fully comprehensive, these are the most common reasons why we would not be able to accept an application for our Creator Program based on a creator's channels.
I don't want the rank myself. Can I give it to someone else?
We do NOT allow the owners of eligible channels to nominate another individual to receive a rank on their behalf - be it a family member, friend, or anyone else. If you do not wish to receive a rank through membership of our Creator Program, we simply will not give one based upon your channel.
Does it help an application if I've made a purchase from the store?
Simply put, no. Store purchases are never taken into account as part of our consideration of any reviews of applications for our Creator Program. While we do thank you for your support of our server if you have, we will not ignore our normal requirements or prioritise any applications because of this.
Similarly, we do also stress that our Creator Program ranks are not offered for sale - either on our store or otherwise. The only way to obtain these ranks on request is through meeting the eligibility criteria set out in our Creator Program applications guide, and having an application accepted following our reviews.
Below are some other common questions we get asked in regards to our Creator Program and its members.
I've seen a player with a Creator Program rank breaking your rules or creator guidelines! How do I report them?
If you see a player with one of our Creator Program ranks violating our rules or creator guidelines, we would absolutely encourage you to report them to us - either via our Support Site, through the Creator Program Report form, or via email to [email protected] with the subject "Creator Report". We investigate all reports regarding Creator Program members, and if we find these to be valid and accurate we do take appropriate actions against these creators.
Additionally, if you see one of these players violating rules on our server while you're playing, we would also encourage you to report them using our regular in-game reporting tools so that our team can investigate and handle these cases more quickly if possible and appropriate.
Are the Creator Program ranks, such as the YOUTUBE rank, permanent? Can they be removed for any reason?
While it's not a common step for us to remove the YOUTUBE rank from a creator, there are some reasons why we may decide to do so in some cases. Where we do remove a rank from an account, we may do this on either a temporary or a permanent basis - depending on the nature of the reason for this removal.
For example, we may make the decision to remove the rank from a member of our Creator Program in the following cases:
- where we find that they have been acting in violation of our rules, and especially in cases where it is clear that they are aware of our rules regarding this.
- where we find that their content no longer meets our content guidelines - as described here.
- where we believe that an account has been sold, given away, or otherwise transferred to someone other than the creator to whom we granted the rank.
- where we find that a creator has ceased producing content, and does not have indications of returning to producing content in the future.
Though these are examples of why we may choose to remove a rank, this list is not fully comprehensive. If we choose to we can remove a Creator Program rank for any reason. Again, however, this is very uncommon, and removing a creator from our Creator Program is not something we actively seek out to do.
Want to Ask Something Else?
If your question or concern was not addressed here, don't worry. If you need to ask us about something not covered here, simply send us a message with your question via:
- [RECOMMENDED] our support site, using the General Content Creator Query form here (must be logged in);
- email to [email protected], with the subject line "Content Creator Query".
Please note that messages normally take 1-2 working days for a response, though may take longer during busy periods such as during public holidays when we often receive more messages.