Please don't block the video stream with Ads
In the middle of watching someone's exciting steam, an ad pops up covering the entire video while chat continues. Chat is then going crazy because something awesome just happened, yet we were unable to see it because an ad was covering the video stream. What a disappointment.
Make the ad go into a corner with sound or something, but please do not block the whole image. That's the reason why we are here, to watch the steamers. You want the ads for monetary gain, fine, but find a happy medium where you don't disappoint your customers. Badly placed ads drive more people away than keeps them.
Just wanted to update this thread that we are doing an experiment right now with Stream Display Ads!
These are less disruptive ads that allow viewers to see and hear Creators while being displayed. Creators will receive ad revenue for each SDA shown.
You can find out more information here: https://twitter.com/TwitchSupport/status/1422255927483318277
Preroll ads + intrusive ads in the middle of the stream... sod off, Twitch. I will continue to use your platform as little as possible until this changes.
As for subbing, right. The solution is always to spend more, as Twitch wants. But I'm not going to drop a sub (particularly in these times) on some random streamer I want to check out but can't because oh no, gotta sit through an ad just to access anything. I wouldn't do it, knowing Twitch is getting a cut, either.
The way ads work on here is really dumb and counterproductive.
Ads on twitch are too intrusive and impact chat's enjoyment of streams. So it would be great if instead of stopping us from watching the stream during ads, the small screen that appears at the top of chat would play ads (muted by default) at different time intervals.
@hypefawx Right, here's the problem, how do you see enough of their content to decide this is worth five bucks a month? Hmn? When the best moments are hidden behind two to three minutes of ads? How, as a small streamer, do I coax someone to wait through two minutes of ads to click on my stream at all? The ads encourage people to hunker down, and only watch one or two streamers that they already know are good. Which works fine, for now. But what happens when the current streamers start to leave the platform, or burn out and quit? As a small streamer it's difficult enough to garner attention, but now not only do I have to convince someone to view my stream over someone else's, but I have to convince them it's worth waiting through a few minutes of ads, and I can't even promise they will be able to see my best moments if they do.
At least if I knew when the ads were coming, and it was the same for everyone, I could pause a game (if possible) I could step back, get some water, take a break. And yes, you're right, every platform needs to pull ad revenue. Kinda like how police need to carry guns. It doesn't mean we need to excuse them for shooting themselves in the foot. It's about HOW they monetize the platform, not if they do. There are less intrusive ways to drive revenue. The reason mid-roll ads work on other platforms is because they aren't -live-, you don't -miss- anything. When a mid-roll ad plays on Youtube, the content stops, the ad plays, then the content resumes where you left it. I have never seen a mid-roll ad during live content on Youtube, maybe because they realize it would kneecap their content creators. There's a reason why they're whitelisted in my adblocking software.
And especially at a time when a lot of people have lost their jobs, when money is super tight for everyone, a comment like "Well just sub to everyone you watch LAWL" is tone deaf and lacking in basic human empathy. Few people have that kind of money. I certainly don't. I've been very lucky to be able to maintain the two subscriptions I have on Twitch, I certainly couldn't afford to shell out more money for more subs to the channels I watch.
Moreover there are totally unobtrusive ways to do this. Like market research surveys, or scientific, medical surveys. They already have overlays that allow a streamer to put a poll up on the stream, why not do it with something that gets them a slice of research budget pie? But no let's just excuse Twitch for doing something nobody does because they realize it's stupid. Even good old fashioned televised sports isn't stupid enough to throw in commercials wherever, they throw them during timeouts, halftime, etc. They wait for a break in the content, then run the biggest ads of the year, then go back to the game.
How do I flag the bootlicking comment below me as unhelpful?
In other news, what have you guys done w/ all the feedback regarding midroll ads? I still see large blocks of 6 or 7 at most inopportune times. Just hoping people give up & give in?
Subscribe to the streamer then you wont have ads. Excuse the platform for pulling ad revenue like every single platform on the internet.
Absolutely disruptive; it's also glaringly obvious how bad this is for the experience when it involves Among Us--ads will frequently interrupt important discussions during the game, making the rest of the match impossible to follow.
I can’t agree more I got on the forum to try to see if all the ads came with a new patch or something I literally could not stand to watch today I would get 6 ads and then 30 seconds of the stream and another 6 ads it happened with multiple streams all day long it’s not even worth watching some games because there is 3 minutes of action and it is always getting cut out by ads
I’ve been watching twitch for nearly a decade and I’ve never been as annoyed by the sheer amount of full screen ads as I have in the last 24 hours.
Have been watching a Heroes of the Storm streamer tonight and in 3 of 4 matches there was 3-4 ads in a row. And I missed the ending in everyone of those matches. I see a fight start and when I come back one of the teams have won the match. So I missed all the excitement. Not even a point to watch the stream really. Better to wait for the YT upload. Is that really how it should work?
This is how a service fully commits to showing that they have lost the purpose of their service. This completely says "Our purpose is to show you ads, and you have no choice about their timing or content" and not "You can see what a user you chose is hosting for you to see."
When i go to a channel, i'm forced to sit through an ad that completely blocks my view of the stream. I'm not against ads per se, but i AM against ads that block my stream.
A small banner or some thing like that on the bottom of the stream would be more appropriate and would make me a lot more willing to remove my ad blocker(s).
especially when its a long 1-2 min adds, and in some cases many adds occurring in a short period of time