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.
We’re happy to announce that thanks to your feedback, we have created the Software and Game Development category! Thank you for all of your support around this idea.
Read more on the Twitch developer forum: https://discuss.dev.twitch.tv/t/software-game-development-a-new-streaming-category/33364
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Good find Draco0x191! It's about time! Would have been nice if they'd acknowledged this thread in any way, but I'm glad they finally listened!
Seems like it has finally been added. There's now a "Software and Game Development" directory/category on Twitch.
This would give a chance to devs to draw from the audience on opinions of developing games and help crowed source indie games also this would allow for others to connect on this level
i have numerous friends that would love this since they are devs themselves
Agreed, I'm also an indie game dev (not streaming yet) and I like to see other game devs sharing their experiences on stream. It's not an easy thing to actually catch-up with them as the only way to get to those channels is to run through "Science & Technology", and then to use the filters to add a "Game Development" tag (which is not convenient). A dedicated category would be awesome.
Games site with no Game Development or Programming category. Tags that are misapplied and barely searchable. Science and Technology turns up nothing... Requires the ampersand... searching "Game Development" only bring Game Dev Tycoon...
Come on now.
Would really love to see a category for Game Development. It feels really strange that we have to Go to Browse > Enter the Game Development tag > Wade through rows and rows of streams in other categories using the tag for some reason > Finally find game development streams . It's even more painful searching on mobile. Programming stream discoverability has the same problem.
It would be nice to have a category so that our category gets to pre-populate in the search bar and actually show up in search results.
Game Developers really struggle with exposure. I think having a category would help people get exposure. Also "Game dev" as a category brings together all the good stuff that goes into making games. Programming, art, level design, music/sound, tools design, the list goes on!
We should get our category back, instead of having to share with so many random topics. It'll be far nicer to find everyone in this community if we get a allocated spot.
Jon Bulava the Leader of Developer Advocacy at Twitch commented on the clip being passed around. Unfortunately the clip isn't him saying this category will be created.
@Astr0Dev you're right! <3 <3 <3
You're all reacting to the video wrong. He says game "dev category, yes." Then goes on to a separate "programming category, yes". He's talking about this: https://twitch.uservoice.com/forums/310210-discover/suggestions/39899215-programming-should-be-a-seperate-category-from-sci - he's saying yes to both
Yeah I noticed that too in the video clip. He first says "Game Development" but then follows up saying "Programming". Although similar... this is not exactly what we're asking for. There are lots of people in Game Development who don't touch programming at all. (Animators, Artists, Level Designers, and so on) Likewise, there are lots of people who program, who don't necessarily make games. We're asking specifically for a Game Development category.
"Programming instead of Science & Techology" is not what this is asking but FOR SURE it's on the right way!
Well, I asked on TwitchDev channel. Here is the response.
Imagine if Twitch actually gave a flying **** about its users.
A Game Dev category that as been more than 6 months suggested that as no response from twitch is literally as if they doesn't care and it really sucks, if there was a game dev category there will be more game devs streaming on twitch and twitch will make more money, like why won't they add it ? Business wise it makes sense.