There's been a lot of frank discussion recently about how the rapid proliferation of game-focused YouTube channels might change the way we talk about games in the media
, but there's still more we can learn about how this shift in the industry is affecting game development itself.
Today, we took to Gamasutra's Twitter account to try and get a better sense of how developers across the industry feel about the "YouTuber" phenomenon now that the top game-focused channels now garner billions of views a month
, inspiring even industry titans like Nintendo to pursue affiliate deals with Let's Players
We took the liberty of republishing some of the most interesting answers to our informal poll below, culled from folks working in all corners of the industry: indie developers big and small, large-scale AAA studios, and even a smattering of folks in the media.
We decided to focus on YouTube in order to make it easier for readers to respond cogently via Twitter, but it's hardly the only game video game in town -- Twitch is also a force to be reckoned with
in this industry.
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