In games with multiple places connected to them, badges can only be made or awarded in the “start” place. There’s an option on the other places in the universe to add badges, but the site returns an error when you attempt to do this:
(This is the error that comes up. According to the site, places in a game other than the starting place are not considered “Active”. The Image that I’m trying to upload works in other places.)
So for games that have a lobby start place for custom matchmaking or multiple gamemodes are left unable to use badges in their games. Badges can only be made for the start place and can only be awarded in that start place.
The functionality to upload badges to non-start places exists on both the site and the studio game tab, but neither actually works.