Way too much ads
We get to see the same ads every 10 mins ???? do you really imagine that people will stick to this platform with this kind of ad spamming ?
Most people use twitch hoping from channels to channels and we get to see the ads every single time. This is plain stupid.
It gets worse, Whenever I try to simply browse the site and choose a stream to watch, every single time i open a stream I get blasted with a 20-30 second ad.
Like I click on a stream, get ad, after watching the stream for a minute im like, nah this stream ain't for me, i go back to the stream browser and look at another stream, I open a new stream, BAM AGAIN SAME AD.
Rinse and repeat.
Getting about 35% ads vs 65% channel content.
Makes exploring new channels an horrible experience.
Right now im at the point of just not bothering to watch twitch at all.
Apparently the thing im trying to describe are called pre-roll ads. And they are absolutly out of control for a while now.
I got 7 ads in 20 minutes!! I'll just quit Twitch... Dunno how that many ads making (a) viewer(s) quit watching / following streamers is helping streamers.
I am not gonna pay every streamer i follow $5 for not having ads.
I would pay $5 once every month to not have ads. Just saying.
You also destroy small streamers as @Stalin stated.
+1 for needing a new platform.
I love twitch and have always thought that despite their shortcomings and inconsistencies, that they will always be the top streaming platform. I used to praise twitch and talk bad about other platforms because I was such a fanboy. But with the amount of ads there are now, I am desperate for a new platform. The adds are too much. I watch a lot with wireless headphones in which automatically pause when I take one out. when I put the headphone back in and unpause I get an ad EVERY. SINGLE. TIME. and when you get ads 5-8 at a time, its just too much. As others have said I also enjoy jumping channels on twitch, but the ad crusade has ruined that experience. I don't expect ads to go away. but there are far too many.
Too many ads! Imagine flipping through the channels on a TV to see what's on, except you have to watch a 30 second ad on each channel!
The amount of ads is definitely killing the vibes of using twitch, been using twitch/jtv since like 2008 and its never been this bad for users. 1 ad per hour is okay-ish but dear god please get rid of the ads that pop up basically every single time you switch a stream, that is the worst thing ever
I only have control over my ads when I want more ads than twitch does. Which would be equivalent to old network tv stations where they would fill the overnight hours with infomercials. Six straight hours full of slap chop, flex tape, and magic bullet. If I want to run a commercial break once an hour, which I would find a more reasonable rate, then I can't have that. It's 100% impossible.
Not to mention that anyone who's not an affiliate has zero control at all. Since they can't run ads in the first place.
the streamers have enough control over the ads, that there isn't much twitch can do. at this point it is the streamers just trying to earn enough money to have a living.
Over a year later and I can confirm that on some occasions, Twitch will play ads every 10 minutes. On very slow-paced games, this is actually a deal breaker.
Charlie Rolfe commented
i completely agree with people complaining about the over frequent adverts. i get that "this ad directly supports (insert streamer name).
i wouldn't mind one every hour or so or even at the beginning and end of the stream.
i now will aim to not watch twitch channels until i found a solution to stopping the ad spam.
unless i am subscribed to the channel.
what a shame, youtube will certainly monopolise on this.
Ad frequency is too high now, its not worth ANY of the content on twitch, you're honestly going to force me to download vods and play them on my computer, then you won't get ANY revenue from me.
i agreed to many ads. can't even watch small streamers with it... "oh it supports them" Get a Job.