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Square Enix has launched its own YouTube channel dedicated to its soundtracks and added thousands of music tracks from its games to YouTube Music.
More than 5,500 of the publisher’s tracks are now available for YouTube Music users to listen to.
Users can search for ‘Square Enix’ to see all the albums available under the ‘Square Enix Music’ artist name. This includes over 60 albums, including soundtracks for the likes of Final Fantasy IX, Final Fantasy VII Remake, Chrono Trigger and Nier Automata.
More albums can be found under their composers’ names. Searching for Nobuo Uematsu, for example, presents another 19 albums, including the complete soundtracks to Final Fantasy I-VIII.
It also promises to include new, bespoke videos based on its music, including interviews with composers.
At the time of writing, the channel also has two two-hour DJ mixes of Square Enix music designed to be played in the background. Mellow Minstrel Mix is designed to “chill, study [and] work” while Airship Cruise Beats is “game music to hype you up”.
The move not only provides fans of Square Enix a place to listen to all of its music for free, but also prevents other users from uploading and monetising the music themselves.
It’s a move that fans of other publishers, such as Nintendo, have been requesting. Nintendo does not typically release its soundtracks on music services, leading many to call on the publisher to do so.
GilvaSunner, a YouTube user who claims to have received around 4,000 copyright strikes from Nintendo for uploading video game soundtracks, announced last month that they were ending their channel.