Most of ads should be skippable. Your site is a live streaming platform, you cannot force people to watch ads while they were watching something else that they will completely miss because of ads. Same concept goes for the first AD you are forced to watch as soon as you open one live stream. If im forced to watch something without any possibility to skip unless i close the whole page, i will 100% start hating on the promoted product just beause it is disturbing my plans.
Also giving people the possibility to spam as many ads as they want, looks like a streamer paradise, right, but it became fkn hell for others not streaming and just watching. There are more ads on twitch now than in tv. At this moment, twitch is comparable to any illegal movie streaming platform where they spam 100 ads per second to earn the most possible income. Legit feels the same.
Also. Why do you think youtube lets people ADBLOCK ads, instead of adopting a different system like you are doing here? (yep, ads are impossible to block on twitch)
Because someone just dont want to watch ads end of the story. Not even 1. By forcing people to watch ads no matter what (unless you pay of course) you are willingly pushing a decent slice of audience away from this site, since they just dont have a chance to navigate ads-free.
It might look like a smart idea in short terms since everyone now is obligated to watch the same amount of ads, still, on a long run, you will scare away a decent slice of people just because of this issue.
Remove your stupid in-stream impossible-to-block abusive unskippable ads.
PS. i had to watch the omen desktop ads at least 500 times in the past 2 weeks. I never meant to buy that crap and i never will, so, exactly, how is it effective in any way to keep spamming that sht to me since im obviously not interested, i wonder.
Also, promoters will soon understand how uneffective it actually is to promote stuff here, because of what i just explained, and you will eventually scare away advertisers too.
Also i basically stopped exploring rooms, because now i have to watch a damn AD everytime i close a stream to open another one. It got so boring that i basically stopped searching for rooms and im always watching the same people just to avoid the system triggering new ads.
Was anyone even thinking to all this issues, when you added this ads-system on twitch?
I honestly dont think so.
This is a gigantic mess.
Aaron - You realize that streamers make NOTHING on those ads, right? My highest ad earnings for a MONTH were $2.83, streaming 99h19m over the course of 25 of 31 days. I literally made $2.83 with an average viewers count of 21 (I'm not a huge streamer). That's literally 2.8 cents per hour, with 21 viewers. So around a tenth of a cent per viewer per hour. Literally, one sub is worth more to me than 100 hours of streaming ad revenue with 20+ viewers.
If you want to support your favorite streamers and you can't subscribe to them then that's okay. But if you sub to at least ONE channel on twitch they're making money off you already and you shouldn't have to watch tons of ads just to see what's on a stream.
Aaron Scarff commented
Personally I'm fine with it. I don't want to pay, but I want to help out streamers. What point is there for them to stream if there revenue is drastically reduced.