Streaming is fun and games, but it’s also hard work. We recognize our streamers’ dedication and talent, and we’re taking another step forward to ensure Twitch continues to be the best streaming platform in the world for everyone. Introducing… the Twitch Affiliate Program.
The Twitch Affiliate Program puts qualified streamers one step closer toward the dream of making a living from their passions. Twitch Affiliates can start earning income on Twitch while they build their audience and work toward the coveted status of Twitch Partner. Click here to see a comparison of all features for Affiliates and Partners.
Affiliates can earn on Twitch by accepting subscriptions from their viewers. Affiliates will have access to all subscription options: $4.99, $9.99, $24.99, and the Prime free subscription. Affiliates also get one global subscriber emote for all subscribers, with the options of adding two additional for $9.99 and $24.99 subscribers.
At launch, Affiliates can enable Bits to Cheer on their channels so viewers can offer support without leaving Twitch. Bits are a virtual good that viewers can buy to Cheer in chat. The streamer in whose channel the Bits are Cheered gets a share of the revenue. Bits can take the form of animated gem emotes, or Cheermotes, which are animated versions of global emotes. As the program develops we will introduce additional monetization tools for Affiliates.
Affiliates can also earn revenue from the sale of games or in-game items on Twitch. When streamers play any game on stream that is available for sale or has in-game items for sale on Twitch, a purchase offer appears on the channel page below the video window. Affiliates earn a 5% revenue share of the purchases that originate from their channel pages. Viewers who buy not only help support Affiliates, but will also be rewarded with a Twitch Crate for any purchase of $4.99 or more. To see a list of games available for sale on Twitch, click here.
We’re looking for streamers who aren’t yet Partners, but who have at least 50 followers and over the last 30 days have have at least 500 total minutes broadcast, 7 unique broadcast days, and an average of 3 or more concurrent viewers. This criteria may change as the program develops.
Qualified streamers will be invited via email, Notification, and an announcement in their dashboard. Invitations will continue to be sent out on a rolling basis as new streamers qualify for the program. Once a streamer has been invited, a new section will appear on their Settings tab that allows them to register for the Affiliate Program and enable Bits!