Elder Scrolls Legends nerfs its Twitch ‘drops’

Earlier this year, popular streaming platform Twitch – with whom we are a partner – introduced what probably ought to have been a controversial feature called Drops. Essentially, a game’s devs can set up the game to grant in-game items and bonuses (i.e., drops) to those who watch and stream the game through the platform, presumably hoping that’ll drive community engagement or some other buzzword.

One of the MMOs we cover that got in on the ground floor of the Drops system was MMOTCG Elder Scrolls Legends, and apparently, Bethsoft has decided to make some changes to its integration – and not all players are pleased.

For starters, the studio is tweaking the rate of Drops to better consider “their effect on the overall in-game economy” and whether the experience is “meaningful and rewarding,” which apparently includes reducing the number of Drops streamers themselves receive.

Secondarily, it appears that players were basically exploiting drops from video-on-demand streams — basically, a streamer would set his past streams to show in a long loop, and then other folks would turn those streams on and immediately go AFK while racking up drops. Consequently, Twitch has temporarily disabled those types of replay streams from the Drop system while it works that out, a decision Bethsoft apparently supports.

As you might imagine, some folks are annoyed because those who have time to sit around watching Twitch all day have a chance at more drops, while others are annoyed because of cheaters. Drama ensued.

Source: Reddit. Cheers, Strana!
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Robert Mann

Eh, seems like it will have problems with abuse of people who aren’t really watching while out and about, and with people who are actually playing feeling like the streams are more valuable than their time if the rewards are good.

In short, it will either be so unrewarding as to be pointless, or it will be abused and will leave people playing it with a new term of derision other than pay to win and whales…

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McGuffn

You catered to Twitch and it turned out stupid? If only there were warning signs.

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MikeInTheLab

There are a couple of games I only tried because of a Twitch item. There are games I went back to because of one. It’s promotion and it’s game devs if the promo item is too strong. Also I watch Twitch on my phone, tablet and tv so access isn’t REALLY an issue IMO.

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oldandgrumpy

Maybe Twitch was offering some encouragement to make it worth their while to do.

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deekay_plus

never heard of this before but this sounds like such a great idea. great idea indeed. it’s surprising they didn’t realize it would’ve been exploited or there’d be upset once nerfed.

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Rottenrotny

Wooooooooooow, had no idea this kind of thing was going on.
Sad.

I must be old because there are two things going on these days that I have no interest in except to make fun of and express my scorn:

Streaming. ie: Watching someone else play a game when I could be playing it instead.
eSports.. again watching someone play when I could be playing.

/thumbsdown

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Loopy

I watch streams for two main purposes:

1. Seeing what a game is like before purchasing it. Lots of times the videos on YouTube are heavily scripted and edited, and real time streams give me an opportunity to see the game for what it really is.

2. Learning from the pros. I watch lots of Overwatch pro streamers for the purposes of learning tactics, tricks, map awareness, and overall strategy. Pros often times provide commentary on why they did a certain play, which gives me insight into how they’re thinking. I have benefited greatly from applying what i’ve learning from streams into my games, and my rank has improved.

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BalsBigBrother

Not all streams are gaming related, I have several cooking streamers on my favourites and also lady who knits believe it or not.

That said the streamers that I tend to watch the most are the ones that are entertaining themselves rather than the activity they are doing be it gaming, cooking or yes even knitting. They use whatever activity as a vehicle to have fun and in comes across in their streams.

Still not everyone has to like everything so if its not your thing its not your thing :-)

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