A new Twitch Affiliate Program has been announced that will allow “eligible streamers” to start earning income while building their audience.
Do note that the platform already features a Twitch Partner program, but that only caters to the “world’s most popular video game broadcasters, personalities, leagues, teams, and tournaments.” For most streamers, it is a long road to finally become an official partner with Twitch and get access to its many perks.
The Twitch Affiliate Program looks to bridge that gap by giving almost every streamer the opportunity to earn off their content. The criteria to be accepted as an affiliate is similar to becoming a partner, but with a much lower bar.
Those meeting the following requirements can simply sign up into the new program:
- At least 500 total minutes broadcast in the last 30 days
- At least 7 unique broadcast days in the last 30 days
- An average of 3 concurrent viewers or more over the last 30 days
- At least 50 Followers
“Twitch is built upon looking to our content creators with both large and small communities to learn how we can best serve their needs,” said the company’s Ethan Evans in a statement. “With our upcoming affiliate program, we will be able to open up a means of support from the community to a whole new class of creators numbering in the tens of thousands.”
The Twitch Affiliate Program is scheduled to launch “soon” and will be available worldwide. In the beginning, streamers will be able to use the platform’s Cheering for Bits feature to generate revenue and support. However, more tools will follow “in the coming months.” Eventually, the program will roll out subscriptions, advertisements, and other related game commerce for affiliates.
The move is likely to give a major boost to the streaming craze, with a large number of users trying their luck at making a career out of it.