The BTD6 Speedrun mods have made the decision to essentially delete the co-op category. This was decided for multiple reasons.
- The categories are unpopular
While the co-op section is a great entry point for new runners to get into the speedrun scene with some friends, we end up not getting any submissions for co-op runs for sometimes months at a time. YOU WILL STILL BE ABLE TO SUBMIT CO-OP RUNS, but they will be posted on the overall lb, not a separate lb.
- The front page load time
Speedrun.com is frankly a bad website, no way around that. But the front page can sometimes take 20 years to load. We're hoping removing some categories it has to load will make the page load faster. Probably won't though this website sucks.
- Front page readability.
Again, speedrun.com is not designed well AT ALL. The scroll bar for seeing co-op categories is at the BOTTOM OF THE SCREEN, which means you have to scroll through 60+ maps to find it. Especially with the addition of CHIMPS to solo lbs, this has just made the front page unreadable mostly. Removing co-op lbs will help this.
- The fastest way to play co-op is by yourself
If you look at all the world records (especially those by Iberian) you'll see the top runners use an alt account as their co-op teammate. This for a few reasons, noteably it's easier to transfer money to yourself and that NK multiplayer servers are bad and have a better time connecting you to a teammate in your same building rather than one in another city, country, etc.
This is the biggest reason for removing co-op as a separate category as the whole point of co-op is to play with two indivual brains, not for it to be a solo leaderboard with worse times.
- Why not move co-op runs to a category extension?
Short answer: speedrun.com sucks.
Long answer: We are unable to set up category extensions ourselves. The Bloons Series mods have to do that. And even if they did do that, the manual labor required to move every single run to a category extension would be INSANE and silly. Moving runs internally here in the BTD6 category is much faster and easier.
Any current co-op runs will not be deleted, only moved. And any future co-op runs will be accepts as long as all the rules are followed.
We're sorry for any inconvenience this has caused you and the loss of any world records this may have, but we believe it's the best and healthiest option for the game as a speedrun moving forward.
- noneleft & Arisune