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Twitch has become a hub for live streamers, video game enthusiasts, and esports competitors to come together and interact with each other daily. With over 140 million monthly users, its no surprise that many users have professionalized their accounts, turning them into side hustles, or full-time careers.
The Twitch affiliate membership is a program that allows creators to monetize their accounts and work towards becoming a Twitch Partner. Unfortunately you cannot be both a Twitch affiliate and Twitch partner.
Streamers’ possibilities of turning their hobby into their job are boosted with the options that are included with being a Twitch affiliate.
If you’re a content creator and want to know how to join the Twitch affiliate program and what the advantages are, keep reading!
Twitch Affiliate Requirements
The first thing you need to know is that to be a Twitch affiliate, you have to meet a series of requirements stipulated by the platform.
They’re simple, and you don’t actually have to conquer the Seven Kingdoms of Westeros to become an affiliate. You can do it through hard work and good content.
Twitch Affiliate Eligibility:
- Have at least 50 followers.
- Must have streamed for at least 8 hours in the last 30 days.
- Must have achieved an average of 3 simultaneous viewers in the past 30 days.
- Must have streamed on 7 different days in the past 30 days.
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Users who are under 18 can still join, however they will need a parent or guardian to sign the terms of the Affiliate Agreement, included in the application.
To monitor and check to see if you are eligible to join the Twitch affiliate program, access your Achievements Analytics dashboard.
How to Become a Twitch Affiliate
After your channel becomes eligible, you will receive an email from the network, as well as a notification that will appear in the Notification Area in the upper right corner of Twitch.
To finish the process and make sure your account is eligible as an affiliate, follow these steps:
1. Go to ‘Preferences’
This window is available in the creator’s Control Panel. You can access it from the Twitch page or this link.
2. Enter your personal information
Twitch will ask you for some personal information to complete the affiliate program: name, address, etc. This information is essential to join the program.
3. Sign the agreement
After filling in your information, you have to sign the Twitch affiliate agreement and accept the program’s conditions. Not a big thing, right?
4. Select the payment method
To complete the process, you have to choose a payment method that will allow Twitch to send you your profits.
The methods of payment include: deposit, bank transfer, PayPal or check.
If you follow all these steps, congratulations! You’re now a Twitch affiliate!
Now, viewers of your channel can earn Channel Points for interacting with you.
How can you find out your progress in becoming a Twitch affiliate?
In the creator’s Dashboard, you can check this on ‘Data’ > ‘Achievements’. Then click on the achievement ‘Become an Affiliate’ to see your progress.
Receiving revenue as a Twitch affiliate
Affiliates can earn money in a few different ways: through Subscribers, Ads, and Bits.
Emotes are personalized emojis that you can use to reward your most loyal subscribers and cheerers. You are then able to create and manage all your Emotes inside your user dashboard.
Bits, are Twitch’s currency, that you can buy to support streamers. Affiliates receive 1 cent for every Bit used to Cheer in their channel.
Affiliates can also earn revenue through Advertisements, and will earn a percentage of the revenue from any video ads that are displayed on their channel.
Advantages of Being a Twitch Affiliate
If you continue to stream on Twitch, being an affiliate is worth it itself. But how long it take for you to achieve this through content and work, depends on you.
What are the benefits of growing on the platform ?
✅ Earn money with your channel
One of the main advantages of being a Twitch affiliate is that you can earn money from your channel and streaming.
By being a member, you have access to different options: ads you can post in your broadcasts, cheers from your channel’s chat, and viewer subscriptions.
Are you already a Twitch affiliate and want to begin earning money?
In this post, you can learn everything you need to know about how to earn money on the platform.
✅ Expand the content possibilities
Even though Twitch already provides you with everything you need to create content and stream it on the platform, when you become an affiliate, you have alternative ways to continue growing as a streamer.
For example, it allows you to repeat a streaming and activate broadcasts for subscribers only. This option is handy when you already have a large community and can attract new subscribers with this condition.
✅ Connect with your community
Live chats are the holy grail of streaming, where everything happens between you and your viewers.
When you’re an affiliate, you have the possibility of connecting with your audience and making them a part of the event through channel points, surveys on what’s happening live, etc. This is a way of engagement that will help you boost your community.
Now you know what it means to be a Twitch affiliate, how to do it, and what the advantages for your channel are.
If you’re thinking about starting on Twitch, this Twitch Marketing Guide by Metricool will tell you everything you need to know.