Stop allowing streamers to tag MSFS when flying P3D, XP, or DCS.
When streamers improperly tag MSFS but stream these lower quality sims it deters potential new users of MSFS because they associate the poor quality of those older sims with the new sim.
This also puts streamers who are exclusively streaming MSFS at a severe disadvantage for growth when streamers take advantage of tagging MSFS just for the views.
This practice of tagging MSFS and then streaming P3D, XP, FSX, or DCS is also against Twitch's TOS and needs to be addressed.
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I should also add to these comments that is it against your own community guidelines. Weather personally you agree that "its ok" or that :"its not a big deal" for them to be in the wrong category. It is. In your own community guidelines you label it under "Spam, Scams, and Other Malicious Conduct" I believe this is that it is, it is indeed spam because it is irrelevant to the category but it still there being sent to thousands of people. I also believe it is a scam, they are scamming people for views and money ultimately. and lastly I believe it is Malicious in the sense that they are taking views from the real MSFS streamers for their own. Here's a link to your own community guidelines as I'm sure you haven't read them on the account that no action has been taken against these people: https://www.twitch.tv/p/en/legal/community-guidelines/
I shouldnt have to justify this at all. They are playing MSFS outside the MSFS category....that should be all I need. But furthermore, they are just doing it for views, they have done this forever too, Cheewy94 himself has actually done this for literally years, even back for Flight Simulator X, he streamed to that category when he wasnt playing it. Its a bad practice that is simple used for views and more money and its wrong. Additionally, these people have been reported *multiple times* for mis-categorizing their streams but nothing has happened. Why does twitch have a report option for miscategorizing but then not take action against people who do this? Let me restate the fact that this is wrong, unacceptable, and deterring people from the Microsoft Flight Simulator community.
There is nowhere in the world this practice would be allowed. I can't just put Adidas shoes in Nike shoe box and sell that to customer, saying that I can do so because I want to "bring the shoe community together".
This practice is simply fraudulent and make it so hard to find people with genuine interest in streaming MSFS.
There is no sound justification for this practice. Those of us who want to filter legitimately by the sim we choose to support should not be forced to wade through a bunch of streamers who are trying to free ride on the back of what MSFT has done. If the people who create a better community tied together by a single sim and support developers and mods who create for that sim are located in the MSFS tag then those like Chewy either have to get with the program and stream in MSFS or spend their time building their XP-11 or P3d community with like minded subs. BS rationalizations about “bringing the flight sim community together” are thin excuses for free riding plain and simple. Ads should be targeted based on the interests of the viewers as well.
This issue has arrived because of a prior problem. There was a time when other flight simulators did not have categories on Twitch, while this did cause confusion it also presented an opportunity for the flight Sim Community to present all of their streams together in the only available category, Microsoft Flight Simulator. I would also note that this is not identifying a specific game or simulator as it predates the release of MSFS 2020, and the majority of its users prior to that release were not using a previous version of MSFS. While the other simulators have now been added, the main reason why streamers continue to use MSFS category is due to the community aspect of the Flight Simulators on twitch. As a streamer I do not find that viewers are universally particular to an individual simulator, and as a viewer I watch all flight simulator streams equally. The MSFS category continues to provide a useful tool for watchers who want to find Flight Sim Streamers without looking through 4 separate games, especially when many Flight Sim streamers do stream multiple simulators. I believe this may be a situation that requires a solution suited to the differing needs and wants of the community and the viewers, ideally a Flight Simulator Category for browsing that incorporates all of the 4 simulators being used currently, or at the very least, the ability to stream under Flight Simulation (similar to other broad community categories like Just Chatting or Art).
If I want to publish my ads on Twitch for my MSFS products - how can I be sure I am getting value for my money if I risk ads are played for consumers that don't have Microsoft Flight Simulator?
Should I spend my marketing budget somewhere else?
My concern is that new flyers could be misled when seeing other sims. It's not that they aren't good, but they aren't MSFS and might create false expectations.
If you're not streaming Microsoft flight simulator you shouldn't be streaming under Microsoft flight simulator