“Over the past year, thousands of Twitch viewers and creators have requested a new streaming category for content related to programming and all aspects of game development,” the platform said. streaming.
Twitch noted that while “this new category offers a better focus on development,” there are additional feed tags creators can use to “further rank their content,” which will allow viewers to refine their search.
In fact, Twitch made game development a separate category for about two weeks after being singled out from the existing creative category. At the time, “we had an average of 7.1 new subscribers per hour under Game Development”, independent developer Pirate Software wrote on Twitter. Game development, however, quickly entered the larger category of science and technology, breaking the discoverability of the former.
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In February, the developer lamented that “If you search for Game Development on Twitch right now, the category doesn’t appear, and neither do streams with the Game Development tag, in fact… nothing appears.” This compounds the discoverability problem and makes the category even worse for developers, ”Pirate Software added. “We need Game Development feedback. It’s a simple change, but it can help build lots of new communities on Twitch. It can also make more money for independent developers and Twitch at the same time.
So, in a way, the category has come back, rather than newly arrived. It happened after around 5,000 developers voted to separate game development and programming from science and technology. “Holy shit, we won. Thank you, Tic, for creating a category of game development for all of us, ”commented Pirate Software. “We pushed so hard and for so long to get this.“