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So doing right by your backers in y'alls mind here is giving other people access first over people that have supported you for years?
You know who else is capable of testing things? Your backers.
Potentially frustrating every single person that backed the game isn’t really worth it in my opinion.
It's an alpha, people expect there to be problems. Instead you choose to actively frustrate the people backing the game by telling them they have to wait longer than others that have supported you for less time. It's not a good look to start out with the statement that streamers are more important.
But I suppose annoying your longest supporters is likely a good PR move here, you're right. You get streamer support and a smoother launch. People will forget about it once they're actually playing.
You do you, but I've seen way too many games give streamers preferential treatment to the detriment of the community now to not at least be wary of this decision.
When you launch something to a large audience there are some basic expectations for functionality. We’re having our partners help out with that so we don’t end up frustrating thousands of people on day one. It’s the right thing to do.
Nothing to do with preferential treatment, especially considering I don’t even watch anyone or anything on Twitch.