Create a Game Development Category.
Creative and IRL used to be categories on Twitch. Everything that wasn't games was in Creative. This means everything from Bob Ross to ASMR (let's be real that's the same thing.) was all in one place and entirely unsearchable.|
Twitch broke up Creative and IRL into a bunch of new and rad categories to help discoverability. This included Music, Art, Beauty, Food, Just Chatting, Tabletops, ASMR, Science & Technology, and others. This category splitting really helped a lot of smaller communities grow. It was easier to find new and interesting streamers because you could now discover them in an otherwise bloated and unsearchable wasteland.
For a brief period of time Game Development was also a category right after Creative was brought down. We had a huge amount of new viewers in that category but Twitch removed it after only two weeks. We were averaging 7.1 new followers per hour under Game Development.
Science & Technology however did not gain any benefit from this. It's become another catch all like Creative was. Weed growing, animal cams, earthquake sims, and a few programmers mixed in. We average 2.8 new followers per hour in this category because nobody knows what it is.
If you search Game Development on Twitch right now the category doesn't show up, neither do streams with the tag of Game Development, in fact... nothing shows up. If you search for Science "AND" Technology you get nothing. You actually have to search for Science "&" Technology. This compounds the discoverability issue and makes the category even worse for developers. We need Game Development back.
It's a simple change but it can help build a lot of new communities on Twitch. It can also make more money for indie devs and Twitch at the same time. At the end of the day I feel incredibly lucky with the success we've had on Twitch. Because of this platform and our community we will never need a publisher or investors. We get to own 100% of our studio.
I want that replicated for game devs that come after us.
This thread was posted publicly on Twitter and has so far received a very large amount of community support.
Created a Twitch account just to vote. These devs deserve their category.
Perfect is the enemy of the good. If its a slightly square peg and you just have almost round holes, dont for the sake of neatness disenfranchise all the people that had and still want a "game development" category.
If you have alternate plans but are not ready to reveal them, please let the community know rather than staying quiet on the issue.
A Big Twitch Fan and Streamer.
We would greatly benefit if you let us have our own category rather than be forced to stay under the catch all of "science and technology"
We really need this category back!
I fully support this movement.
They leave it unresolved to farm copious amounts of gamedev rage. As they have always wanted to get into making games, but ended up stuck mopping up after a disgruntled platform. #ChangeMyMind
I asked about this problem on TwitchDev Discord. An admin of this Discord (but not affiliated with Twitch as far as I understand) Dist said:
"there is discussions internally at Twitch on category policy and what should or shouldn't be included"
So hopefully we'll see a response from Twitch in the next 1-2 weeks. For how long you can discuss it, right?
On a platform built on the idea of people playing games, there isn't a category for the ones making them.
That's pretty dumb.
How is this no longer a category?
Did some upskilling recently. Thought it may help Twitch. https://youtu.be/p54Hd7AmVFU
The fact that this is still unacknowledged by Twitch is beyond me. The game development community on Twitch means so much to me, we all support each other and help each other and compete in game jams with each other - imagine if we were all easier to reach in a specific game dev category. Seeing game dev streamers makes the hobby and profession much more palpable for those that are in it. I didn’t know there was a game developer community myself on Twitch until finding AdamCYounis on *YouTube*, NOT on Twitch. PLEASE, Twitch, please give us a category to call home, your platform quite literally wouldn’t exist without game developers.
I made a comment about this earlier a couple months ago, but I feel the need to do it again, as we still haven't received a category.
Twitch is literally a platform created initially for gaming, and to stream playing games. Games even get there own category, so the fact that game developers, those who literally make the games to supply Twitches content, don't get at least a category is weird to me, and at least 4000 other people as well.
Many people also aren't aware there is a Game Development tag, making it hard to find game devs as many often aren't using the tag, because they assume it should be a category.
Don't judge the amount of game devs on twitch by your existing tag. Look at this thread, realize there are 4000 game devs hoping for a category, and then add for those who don't even know of this thread yet.
4000 votes! Which will come first, 5000, or Twitch responding? There is no solution to figure out. Give us back the category we had in the first place until you removed it for no reason.
We don't want an annoucement. We don't want a blog post. We want a category where people can find us, and we'll do the rest.
It would be a great new opporunity for the community ;-)
modCheck any staff?
I think by now we need to start thinking of another way to get their attention.
Twitch, it makes perfect business sense to create a Game Development Category. Don't you want to make the moneyz?
That's an amazing idea ! It's always hard to find game devs in the "Science & Technology" category. Adding a "Game Development" category would be so helpful!!
4 Thousand votes, you'd really expect Twitch to comment on this, wouldn't you?
Do the thing!