Can’t find a game or category you want to stream on Twitch? Just add one. Twitch adds eligible games based on their inclusion in the IGDB, a public database operated by Twitch that tracks games and gaming knowledge. They’re bound to miss something though. That’s where you come in.
This post will cover how to sign-in to IGDB and add a game, cover art, and Twitch categories.
How to Add a Game Category to Twitch
To add a game on Twitch, please complete the following:
Step 1: Visit IGDB.com/discover and click ‘LOG IN’. Log in using your Twitch account.
Step 2: Find the ‘GAMES’ drop down menu and select ‘+Add Game.’
Step 3: On the next page, enter title, description, cover image, game type, and version. Click ‘Create Game’ when done.
Step 4: You can also add information, including:
- Release Date
- Age Rating
This information is not needed to create the game on IGDB, but it will help in the review process of getting the game approved for Twitch. There are a few restrictions when it comes to adding games to IGDB. Games are restricted based on two criteria:
- The official ESRB rating is Adults Only
- The game violates IGDB’s community guidelines as it applies to hate speech, sex, nudity, gratuitous gore, or extreme violence.
How to Add a Game Cover Image
Does the cover art for a game need to be updated? You can make the changes in two easy steps.
Step 1: Go to the game’s page and click edit, near the title.
Step 2: On the edit page, click ‘Choose File’. Click ‘Update Game’ once the new photo is selected.
All the images you add to Twitch must meet the following requirements:
- Ratio: 3:4
- Size: 600×800
How to Add a New Twitch Category
If you’re looking to get away from games, you can also recommend IRL categories for Twitch. Users can post their idea for a new category here on the Twitch UserVoice forums. Other users can then upvote those posts. Twitch will then take posts with high vote counts into consideration. Maybe we can get a sewing category up and running?
Be the change you want to see. If a game or a category is not present on Twitch and you want it, go get it. But for real though, let’s get sewing added.