Becoming a Twitch Partner isn’t as easy as people make it out to be. After all, you have to garner enough attention by having the skills or the charisma to pull people to your stream in the first place, have regular viewers and stream a lot. For a lot of people, the dream of becoming a big Twitch steamer and making money for playing video games is just out of their reach.
Enter Twitch Affiliates, a new program Amazon has created designed to help streamers to start earning some sort of revenue access without reaching full partnership. The project is currently in testing, with Twitch selecting a small group of streamers to start and who meet a specific criteria. To be eligible to be in the test, you need 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.
As an Affiliate, streamers will be able to accept tips via Twitch’s new Bit system, which offers an animated emotes that is supposed to act as a cheering service. According to the FAQ, Streamers will also be able to accept Subscriptions. At this time, money from Ads and the newly implemented Game Sales will not be part of the Affiliate program.
You can learn more about the affiliate program in the Twitch Blog.
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