Virtual Avatar Tag for Vstreamers/Vtubers
The rise of the VR industry and the relatively new phenomenon of Virtual Streamers and Virtual Youtubers has made impact on sites like Twitch as well. There is a very large (800+ and growing) community of streamers on twitch who use a virtual avatar combined with face tracking software to use instead of webcams. VR is already a tag, but it would be nice to distinguish this category for those who use avatars and may play the role of a character. (like HoloLive, for example) It's not much different than having Anime as a tag, for example.
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I just wanted to add some context for tags on this thread.
I myself am an avid vtuber fan and we super appreciate this feedback. It’s definitely something we take to heart and know the community wants.
As far as a tags go they are aimed at the stream and the content of the stream and not aimed towards the streamer.
You can more context on tags here https://help.twitch.tv/s/article/guide-to-tags?language=en_US
Performing with a virtual avatar is as much an art as puppetry. There are streamers performing much like small stage shows, in addition to playing games. Some art streamers are crafting virtual avatars in their streams. Adding the tag will clean up the stream titles and allow us to find the content.
I disagree because I think that A Vtuber/Vstreamer needs a tag.
I respectfully have to disagree with where you're standing here. If the LGBTQIA+ tag can identify a streamer who is, or aligns, with others in the community then a tag such as Virtual Avatar can suffice to identify the streamer.
There are also a lot of viewers who like the avatar we use, including role-playing, AS THE CONTENT they like to watch. It's not only the streamer, but it's an integral part of the stream that can draw people in.
I disagree because the content of the stream is the VTuber / VStreamer. The avatars are dynamic and often loaded with features / content, which are some of the many reasons why we watch them. Moreover the animated avatars are an art form / content of their own and require quite some work to build and maintain.
According to that link the primary purpose of tags is for viewers to "to find streams they’re interested in watching by filtering streams within a directory, searching for specific tags, or when they’re browsing front page recommendations". Given that people do want to find vtubers specifically, do want to search for vtubers using tags, and subsequently most virtual avatar streamers put "vtuber" in their title in lieu of a tag, it seems that a 'virtual avatar' tag is indeed warranted.
The FAQ also states that tags need to be objective. 'Virtual avatar' also satisfies this requirement, at the least it is certainly a much more objectively decidable tag than, say, the example of 'competitive' in that page, which is much more of a relative categorisation unless you're literally streaming a tournament (although even then, is a casual friendly tournament something one would put under 'competitive'?).
I also want to echo what @cakecatboy said. Virtual avatars ARE a part of the content. Even when people are not streaming avatar creation, a major draw of why people watch vtubers is because of the virtual avatar related content. Interactions with an anime (or other) style character is part of the draw. A 3d avatar substituted into the game through LIV integration is part of the draw. The creative content that is only possible through use of a virtual avatar is part of the draw. It is a very specific kind of escapist *content* that is getting very popular right now for very obvious reasons.
I'm not sure if there is anyone labouring under this misconception, but I figure its worth mentioning in this specific context... so here it is... -- the streamer isn't actually their virtual avatar, surprising I know, but as much as we might want to be, we're not actually anime in real life. The tag therefore *cannot* describe the streamer, but rather it can only refer to part of the streamed content. For anyone to assert to that 'virtual avatar' describes the streamer themselves would demonstrate quite a fatal misunderstanding of either reality or language.
However, even if you were to discount these plainly obvious facts, tags which describe the streamer *already exist* and are *explicitly listed as tags which describe the streamer* in https://www.twitch.tv/directory/all/tags. As @cakecatboy says: LGBTQIA+.
To be honest, I am kind of surprised at the incredible reluctance of Twitch to establish this tag. I imagine there are some concerns about tag pollution that need to be considered, but given that almost all virtual avatar streamers are already using their stream titles as substitute-tags, and not only that, but they're typically using a phrase ('vtuber') that due to the chaos of language's evolution, directly references a Twitch competitor, it seems unfathomable from a business point of view that Twitch would not jump on this issue and shutdown the 'vtuber' subtitute-tag that people are using ASAP. This kind of content is currently going through a rennaissance in the English speaking world, and particularly on Twitch, and if you don't work quickly to try and break the association of this content with 'the tube' then you risk every vstreamer on the platform acting as a subtle reminder to the audiences of Twitch's competitor.
1) the viewers want the tag
2) the streamers want the tag
3) it is an objective tag
4a) it describes content not streamer
4b) for the reality challenged: there is already a tag which describes streamers anyway
5) it is in Twitch's direct and immediate business interest to establish their own tag
"As far as a tags go they are aimed at the stream and the content of the stream and not aimed towards the streamer."
What you just said directly counters what already exists, multiple tags that exist solely to describe the content creator using it.
For streams in which the streamer chooses to identify as a member or ally of the LGBTQIA+ community"
For streams in which the streamer showcases the art of drag"
The above tag information is taken directly from the twitch tag directory located at https://www.twitch.tv/directory/all/tags
If there is enough of a demand for the Virtual Avatar tag, it should be implemented. The streaming/content creation industry is booming with talk of Virtual Avatars, it would be a gross lack of action to not facilitate some way to make these Virtual content creators discoverability more consistent. Youtube makes this work by allowing custom tags, so groups, communities, fandoms, and mediums can all be easily discovered via the common tag. This is what makes Youtube such a widely trafficked platform in relation to the Virtual Creator social sphere, even to the point that the most commonly used term for someone using a Virtual Avatar is "VTuber" or "Virtual Youtuber". If twitch wants to compete as a streaming platform in regard to the craze that has swept the globe over the past year or two, they have to show that there are ACTIVE creators ON their platform that CAN compete with the creators from other platforms.
Twitch having issues with discoverability is not a new topic for discussion, and they are taking steps towards improving it, but with the saturation of broadcasters and the viewership tending to be top heavy with not much trickle down there are going to be a lot of really valid suggestions for tags. Virtual Avatar, Goth or other fashion styles, LGBTQIA+, Various languages, specific instruments, different music genres, people will be suggesting a lot, and the twitch team may view it as "unnecessary" but that's simply not true. If it's suggested it's because a consumer has thought of it. If it's voted on, it's because other consumers have agreed. The consumers are the users most in touch with how discoverability functions on the site, they're directly impacted by the decisions and implementations of new site functions. This also means they're distinctly aware of what is missing.
appreciate the info, but I will have to disagree with you. virtual avatar IS the content, not the streamer. there are plenty of streamers who create/draw/rig these avatars, who stream with them, they're the visuals on the screen, it's no different than having a tag for LGBT (which is more descriptive of the streamer than virtual avatar is)
I'd like to support the addition of this tag only if it becomes possible to filter it out. I'd very much like to not see any vtuber content and being able to blacklist a tag like this would be awesome.
EDIT: Found an extension that blocks tags, so sure, I'll support this suggestion.
It's a real annoyance trying to find VR content on Twitch and instead having to sift through the vtubers to find the people actually playing in VR. I think a vtuber tag would benefit not only the streamers and viewers trying to find vtubers specifically, but also help the VR community easily find the content they're actually after, too. If tags are aimed at the stream and the content of the stream, then the tags need to better represent that content. Right now they do not.
Yes a great idea given the rise of Vtubers! It's not a smaller niche community anymore, Vtubers are everywhere and growing rapidly.
It will be most helpful for finding other Vtubers that, at the moment, remain hidden due to the lack of this tag.
This would be perfect, it's a whole interconnected community, and these will help people grow when they may be otherwise unseen!
This would be most appreciated if this gets implemented, I love finding other Vtubers and I know others in this community love to as well, this would make it so much easier to do.
Yes please, I need to be able to find precious people to support! And hopefully be able to join too!
It's so hard to find other vtubers to support when we can only find each other by streaming category or if they have "Vtuber" in their stream title, PLEASE WE NEED THIS TAG
Please, this would help out so many small streamers!
Let's get this passed! It would actually be such a relief to have a VTuber tag!
A very relevant tag that should take little effort to add