Twitch category name collision
Currently two (or more) games with the exact same name (usually reboots) share the same category in Twitch. And all the cover art, description, tags are taken from only one of the games. This usually means that the other game(s) effectively completely lacks a page on twitch, despite being a completely different game and having unique gameplay. Can something be done about this?
That's awesome they're trying to find a solution. Hopefully they can do that with Shadowrun (2007) and Shadowrun the rpg
It seems like Twitch is now appending the game's release year in cases where there are name collision, similar to how they fixed the God of War category. For example, https://www.twitch.tv/directory/category/levelhead-2019 and https://www.twitch.tv/directory/category/levelhead now redirect to the same category (the game that actually has a Twitch presence). However, I notice all versions of the Sonic the Hedgehog category redirect to the 1991 game (compare https://www.twitch.tv/directory/category/sonic-the-hedgehog-1991 with https://www.twitch.tv/directory/category/sonic-the-hedgehog-2021), so the issue isn't completely fixed, but at least it seems they're working on a solution.
I am unable to change category to the correct Dreamscaper game w/ 2.7 followers keeps reverting to one with 67 follows. This issue persists on Obs, Twitch website edit stream info, and unbelievably when i click on the correct link while browsing games on twitch. they all revert to the other game with exact same name. Please fix this, I dont see how clicking one category is leading me to another one. No rhyme or reason for this at all.
As the title says. These two games are very distinct despite having the same name and for years Twitch has had them as the same category as the 1991 game. IGDB lists these two games seperately however the Twitch Category selection does not. Ratchet and Clank saw a similar problem and was fixed by seperating "Ratchet and Clank (2002)" from "Ratchet and Clank" (the PS4 2016 reboot), so a similar solution would be suitable for Sonic the Hedgehog (2006).
Twitch should consider adding the year to the link of the category. So currently there's https://www.twitch.tv/directory/game/Sonic%20the%20Hedgehog which is merging every title of the same name.
For example the year could be added at the start so every title starts with 4 digits:
https://www.twitch.tv/directory/game/1991-Sonic%20the%20Hedgehog (the original)
https://www.twitch.tv/directory/game/2013-Sonic%20the%20Hedgehog (the remaster)
https://www.twitch.tv/directory/game/2006-Sonic%20the%20Hedgehog (the 2006-version)
https://www.twitch.tv/directory/game/2020-Sonic%20the%20Hedgehog (the ad for the film)
https://www.twitch.tv/directory/game/2021-Sonic%20the%20Hedgehog (the C64-port)
Then Twitch could also list the year of the game when searching for a game, and also let users include the year in the search. For unknown years, that could be 0000 in the link, and ???? in the list.
Currently when you insert Sonic the Hedgehog to set a category of your stream, you get a list of many options, but none with years. Having years included would help tell them apart.
The year of release would be fetched from IGDB, just like how the titles and covers are fetched from IGDB. The old legacy links without the year could redirect to the one it was defaulting to in the past. In this case, 1991-Sonic%20the%20Hedgehog
Also having this problem with our game Parallel. Has anybody found a workaround? IGDB just rejected my request to change the name to Parallel (2023) to avoid naming collision.
This is happening to our game "Dreamscaper" ... It keeps being redirected to a 14 year-old RPG Maker project that never actually released.
Seriously it has been over a year. I want to stream the 2008 Prince of Persia but it doesn't even show because of the original.
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My company is developing and publishing a game called the Harvest, and there is another game with that name already, the thing is its a really old game for windows phone, that doesnt have support and dont even exist in the store anymore.
I would like to add our game to twitch categories
Our Game: https://www.igdb.com/games/the-harvest--1
In the "Edit Stream Info" modal, when I try to set my category to the original DOOM game by typing "doom" in the input box and selecting the *second* item in the dropdown list, it ignores my selection and picks the first entry, which is also titled "DOOM" and refers to the 2016 version of the game. This causes my stream category to have the wrong image and reference the wrong game. Please make the dropdown honor my selection, and don't just pick the first string in the list that happens to match what I clicked. I clicked the second item for a reason, and want that as my category! -_- There is no known workaround to this bug.
When I try to change my category to Grand Theft Auto 5 it is not showing as a category to select.
Fear and Hunger Termina currently have 2 categories and it make it confusing on which one to choose when streaming.
Merging or Deleting one of the 2 categories would fix this
A few days ago I started playing the Mafia Game (classic version) and I have seen that there are two categories in the category selection, one with 113K followers and another with 625, it seems that someone created a new category of the Mafia game with a logo with a black background and Mafia written by hand as if it were a 3 year old. Could this be revised so that the classic Mafia game category is correct?
Please update this. Another developer has just called their game Dros, we thought that nobody was going to do that! Totally different games. It is now using their art and description on our game.
This is causing an issue for the Diablo game, as a new category named Diablo popped up at the end of April and now anyone playing the Diablo 1996 PC game cannot use the proper category. This being fixed would be a huge help.
Resurfacing something I said a while ago: I encourage raising awareness of this issue in affected communities so that it gets more votes.
Twitch is actively ignoring this issue and providing no recourse for small communities, so the only thing we can do is get more people to complain about it.
This is a big issue for the games Shadowrun (1993) and Shadowrun (2007). The latter is an FPS and completely different than the former. The 2007 community has seen a revival but can't properly stream on Twitch.
I'm experiencing the same issue with my own game, YARG (released 2022, https://www.igdb.com/games/yarg) and another game by a different developer also called YARG (released 2023, https://www.igdb.com/games/yarg--1). The newer game seems to have overridden my game.
Hoping something can be done about this!