Where do you promote your projects, and what are the results from it? Have you recommendations how to get active players and feedback?
My experiences so far:
-Reddit: We had barely any upvotes in the big subreddits when promoting there. Only in the Linux-Specific Subreddits we got some "solidarity-upvotes" and a fair amount of clicks (few hundred up to small thousand) on our Itch-Page, but barely no DLs from it. People like to see games there, but they seem unlikely to play them.
-Twitter: Hard to acclaim any attention there; none of our tweets did fly. After Musk bought the place, we left.
-Mastodon: Smaller community than twitter, but much more oriented towards Linux and FLOSS. If we promote there, we got some replies and traffic in the past - smaller numbers than on reddit, though. Higher DL/Click-Ration from there, but still a small amount of feedback.
-Matrix: Few people there, and hard to come through with anything.
-Imageboards: Got some DLs and feedback when hitting the drum on LainChan (a cyberpunk-themed imageboard that is less nazi-infested than most of the others).
-Linux or FLOSS-Specific Sites: Got some attention and some nice feedback from pages like this board, LinuxGaming.de and so on. But since the userbase is rather small, the range is very limited.
-Youtube: Hard to come through. Our Videos have a few hundred clicks, most of them resulting from our Itch-Page - so we rather direct traffic to YT than the other way around.
-Free Youtube-Alterantives: Nearly no usage even from within the fediverse/linuxcommunity. Generated no measurable traffic.
-Youtube-Reviewers, Review-Pages: Got a few reviews from small youtubers (Namely "Mr. Dave Pizza" and "LinuxGameCast"). While especially the DavePizza was really nice, their range is also so limited that it didn't have much effect. And getting attention from bigger players seems not possible, at least for us. When releasing, we send a mail to various sites, but this nearly never gets any pickups.
-ModDB: Making a giveaway there for Mediation5 when it was still priced summoned thousands of (primarily chinese) IPs, but this didn't translate into any DLs. Can't recommend.
-Itch: The normal Itch-Page does produce some Views and from time to time even a DL, but barely creates feedback. However, bringing Mediation5 into this big antiracist bundle a few years ago helped a lot; we have much more DLs on it than any of our free games, and this prevails after making Med5 free as well. However, I don't want to put a pricetag on my projects just to trick people into playing them because they spent a few cents.
-Steam: "The Vaults of Minos" got plenty of clicks (more than anywhere else), and next to no buys. Given that it were 100 bucks and a fucking fight to use their damn API this surely wasn't worth the effort. I was told that it would be possible to cheat the system by buying the game 10x with different accounts and write positive reviews to bypass their low-effort-filters. Won't do anything like this. Maybe turning it free there some day.
-https://www.gamespress.com/: Generated some traffic and at least 2 articles that generated some traffic either. Recommendable.