Smaller Streamers Can Now Make Money On Twitch - Here’s How

24 April 2017, 14:42 | Updated: 17 July 2017, 12:25

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By Benedict Townsend

Up until now, only partnered Twitch users had access to money-making features on the service - but now things have changed!

Good news Twitch streamers, the ever-popular streaming site will soon be changing the way it allows users to make money - and smaller creators are set to get even more benefits. Currently only Twitch streamers who are "partnered" are able to make money through the site (when you take out donations, etc), but that will change with the dawn of their new 'Affiliate Program.'

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The program will apparently include "tens of thousands" of streamers, who will be selected by Twitch based on factors like the amount of time they spend streaming, their viewership, and their follower count. The first way Affiliate Program members will be able to make money is through "Cheering"; Twitch's emoji-based tipping system, which launched in 2016.

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Twitch says that further money making features will be coming to Affiliates in a few months. These include  subscriptions (which comes in $4.99, $9.99, and $24.99 monthly flavours) and the ability for streamers to receive commission from (certain) games that are sold through links on their profile.

They will also be able to have a slice of ad revenue - YouTube style. But remember; you can't (at this moment) apply to join the Affiliate Program. Twitch has to approach you, so make sure to get your streams as popular as possible so you can start bringing in the ca$h! If you want some tips, check out your full list of YouTubers on Twitch to do some research on how they rake in all their viewers such as games to play, and setups!

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Twitch has especially caught the eye of YouTube fans recently when PewDiePie announced that he would be launching a new weekly stream on the service. We are certain that as time goes on, the line between YouTube gamer and Twitch streamer will become more and more blurred, with most creators already popping by Twitch a few times a with to play games with fans in real time.

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