77 votesJonathan supported this idea ·Jonathan commented
This is a feature that I think is long overdue. As more and more creators come into the Twitch space I think there should be a way for small streamers to get noticed. Say you go to the browse tab and it lists the games. Inside each game has a split tab where it shows "non-partners" first and then "partnered". Reason for non-partnered first is to give them the first shot of exposure as those partnered don't really need it since they have the following to begin with.
On the home page you can still have the top 5 streams, but maybe mix it up. 4 days out of the week its partnered channels or big event channels doing their thing, but the other 3 days are promoting small channels. Now I am not about "giving me easy followers" because I don't like that, it sounds lazy. However, helping the community as a whole (big or small) is what I am about. Sure you can do raids, social media outreach, and look for channels your size to network that is all critical things to do, but to make Twitch the best platform vs many others and to change the way things are done I think the Twitch Team really helping all channels grow will be great. I am still going to do the Twitch grind regardless, but I think these ideas will be helpful in many ways.
Agreed, we’re working to make discovery of uploaded videos much easier.Jonathan commented
Being a YouTube creator for 6+ years I have seen a lot of flaws with YouTube that Twitch can gain a lot of success in the upload department. visibility is a BIG one, because the way it is now its almost impossible to find videos unless people direct you to them via link or you go digging for it. What I think they could do is on the browse page have two tabs (Streaming | Uploads) and then in the uploads you have it broken down into sub-categories like (game specific, Reviews, most recent, most relevant, most popular, etc).
Now I have been seeing people asking for monetization, which is fun and all...but that shouldnt be the reason to do this. I think monetization should only be for partners because they make money with twitch anyways, so its just another way for them to earn a little extra. It will also give unpartnered channels a reason to push themselves to become a truly entertaining channel and not doing it for the cash flow because that isn't what streaming is about. Its about having fun and entertaining people. I guess everyone has a different vision though, but that is my two-sense on that matter.
I do want and think Twitch has the power to pull the gaming aspect from YouTube, but people can still use YouTube as a way to show past streams because right now we don't keep all of our video on Twitch because they get deleted. So there is still a reason to use YouTube, unless Twitch decided to allow us to export the full stream to the uploads on Twitch or simply keep them in the past broadcast.
Once the upload videos are easier to find you will see more people leave youtube if the upload feature offers the same as youtube or something better on top of the essential features we need for people to find videos, enjoy, comment on them, make them interactive, etc. Only time will tell.