Merge Highlight and VOD Analytics
I love the new view numbers attached to the VODs! I would love a way to transfer these view numbers to the attached highlight. As it stands now, we lose all those stats when the VOD expires. Those of us that highlight entire streams without the breaks, etc to save for future VOD watchers (for example, an entire series run of Silent Hill) have a difficult time explaining Twitch analytics to sponsors or advertisers.
If I submit analytics of EXAMPLE GAME with 1k Twitch views, 1k YouTube (uploaded 24 hours after it airs on Twitch for exclusivity), 1k podcast version, and the VODs on Twitch are deleted so only the highlights remain (with 400 views instead of the original 1000) - this does a few things:
Sponsors cannot fact check view numbers (and they do). Now they think creators have lied or inflated numbers, so we must either preemptively try to explain that Twitch deletes a video without us able to save the original (which seems very unlikely from a business standpoint) or just not include those numbers at all ultimately signalling to sponsors Twitch isn't worth as much investment as competitor platforms, when the reality is often that Twitch had more engagement and views than competitors. (1400 views + a live chat vs "only" 400 views on a highlight you can't comment on).
Basically, it's bad for all of us and I'd love some way to either attach those original view numbers to the highlight or a way to save the original VOD. Attaching the original view numbers to all highlights isn't a perfect solution because if someone only highlights a small portion of the stream, surely they don't want the entire stream's numbers, but it's the only solution I can see to help this issue. Perhaps this feature activates for highlights over an hour long?