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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You broke the Writing and Game Dev community.
Please listen to your devs. This is something we need. Please bring it back.
I have a team of Programmers, Artists, and Musicians that want to stream, but we're put in the same category as 24 hr puppies?
But lets put the priority on Hot Tubs I guess?
People think that the "game development" tag is "developing skill at a game", its hard to gain viewers and hard to find other developers.
Creating A Stream Category for Hot Tubs but not for Game Dev
Twitch with the big brain moves
Please consider this Twitch. There are a lot of us in the Twitch Game Dev community (which has exploded over the past 18 months with people stuck at home and getting interested in the hobby) that could really use a dedicated category - there are a lot of art streams and there's so much variation under Science and Tech - it would really help with visibility to have our own category. I know a tag exists, but it's so much easier for people to discover new categories than new tags.
WHERES TWITCH??? WHO TF IS THE RESPONSIBLE FOR MANAGING THE CATEGORIES? YOU INTRODUCED A "POOL, HOT TUBS AND BEACHES" CATEGORY AND NOTHING ABOUT THIS HAHAHA
You guys introduced a "Pools, Hot Tubs, and Beaches" category before a "Game Development" category. Seriously, ******** guys.
I'm a game developer and I love following other people in that community. I'd like to have a category for game dev streams again.
I tweeted Twitch’s CEO Emmett Shear directly. Let’s all retweet that...
Up... and why hasn't this happened yet?
Up, and up again!
Up! It was crazy removing this category in the first place. Don't you Twitch people want your streamers to feel they are monetized on your platform so you earn more money etc? Hellooooooo!
Please make a game dev category!!! I want to discover other game devs, not 24/7 chickens!
As a Game Development category streamer, UP!
how much comments and upvotes are needed for this sugestion to be a thing on the platform?