This is aimed at the ArenaNet dev team, and marketing but would love feedback I really really believe you guys should have more of a presence on twitch, not only from a streaming perspective, but a marketing one. Guild Wars 2 would greatly benefit from loot drops, twitch prime loot, and activeness in random chats/bringing in more content creators.
Let me go into detail:
-The number one reason I start new games is by word of mouth, or I see it being played by other streamers.
-Another reason is that if I get free loot from Twitch Prime, or twitch drops, I am inclined to redeem it. This will lead me to make an account and try it out. This kind of loot not only would get more eyeballs on the game, but create incentive to press the links for the downloader, and when they realize HOLY kitten THE GAME IS FREE TO PLAY AND NO SUB?! WHAAAAAT?! I think you get the point
Things you could do for twitch prime loot or loot drops:
-Exclusive twitch only skins that the player can equip, which would then drive more of the player base into twitch, creating a swirl of new eyeballs everywhere..
-Loot crates (not like monetary loot crates but a, HERE HAVE SOME MATS or maybe a black lion vendor/item that is account bound.)
-Gems on occasion. I know that gems would upset the economy, you could make it a loot drop that is a rare drop or something but its a possible thing so I'm including it xD)
-Titles for in game
-discounts to the expansions/gem store
-and so much more
There are tons of things I could list here but I think the general idea is there. Basically create an incentive for people to click on the deal/loot and direct them to the website, and on the other hand, twitch loot drops would generate more eyeballs on partnered streamers and would bring more people in to see what is going on and get in on the loot drops/become part of this amazing community.
Word of mouth would also spread, as people are like HEY TWITCH/GW2 IS GIVING AWAY SOMETHING COME TO THIS STREAM! or something to their friends and family, they all come in and voila! more clicks This is one of the reasons I decided to start my coloring page giveaways on twitter, so that I could do giveaways, but also bring more people of my community and those who see my tweets into GuildWars2.
The big reason I really think you guys need to branch out on twitch is because I specifically remember streaming one day, going to raid someone and at the very top of the list I saw Summit1g who was trying out GW2 thanks to his community recommending the game.
Not only did Summit generate SO MANY eyeballs to the game, (I literally sat in his chat and the number one thing I saw was the viewers asking "HOW DO I PLAY" or "I should go play this, it looks fun!") but it got the twitch community for GW2 all hyped up and we all came together to tell Summit how much we loved seeing him play it, and how much we loved GW2 ourselves.
The one thing that the GuildWars2 community prides itself on the most is its community. Hands down one of the best, and most open and friendly bunch of people I have ever met, and I have played many other MMOs including WoW vanilla back in 2005 all the way up to the most recent expansion. The number one thing that keeps me coming back to Guild Wars 2, is its community.
Do you know the number one thing I see when new people try GW2 out? "I wish I knew this game was here sooner." or "this game is underrated, and more people should experience this game!"
With the expansion coming out soon, doing these things not only would hype people up more, but it would bring more eyeballs in, and generate more players, more income, which then leads to more content. Who doesn't want more of any of those things?
I hope this wasn't too much of a problem to read, and I hope this gets to the right eyes, I love you guys to death. Thank you so much for such a wonderful game that we can all come together and have fun, and I will see you all in Tyria