Do Twitch Streamers Make Money? I Sure Do!
Last Update: May 14, 2019
I saw some posts here lately about people wasting their time on games. Gamers can however make money online through streaming or uploading video's of their gameplay. Do Twitch streamers make any money online? Let's take a look at that.
What Is Twitch?
Twitch is a platform where it is possible to both watch content and stream content as a broadcaster.
You can stream things such as video games, creative art and crafts, music, talk shows, cooking and baking, podcasts, nature, sports and much more.
Since Twitch was acquired by Amazon in 2014, ways to earn money through Twitch streaming have been added to the platform.
Twitch offers now the opportunity for you to become a:
- Twitch Affiliate
- Twitch Partner
Twitch Affiliate can be achieved by anyone, while Twitch Partner is a process where you need to apply and offer unique content to be invited into the program. The requirements for both programs also are quite different.
Twitch Affiliate is relatively easy to achieve and requires you to run 8 days after each other a stream for about 2-3 hours at a time. If you get all your friends and family to sit in the channel (even if they are not actively chatting in your channel), you will also easily achieve the 3 concurrent viewers on average requirement on easy-mode.
The 50 follower requirement is often the bigger problem to achieve and might take you longer than a week to achieve, but if you play it smart you can get it all done within 7-8 days to reach affiliate.
As an Twitch Affiliate you can now earn some cash through subscriptions and bits. Donations and affiliate links could always been added to the stream, whether you are affiliate, partner or nothing at all. Naturally, without an audience, you won't have anyone donating to you.
What Do You Earn As Affiliate?
- Donations on Paypal
- Bits, 100 bits = 1 USD
- Subscriptions = 5 USD for the audience, 2.50 USD for you
- Affiliate links on profile and extensions
Traffic or audience is still key to any form of a sustained business and monetizing your stream.
I am streaming on Twitch on and off, for I am still figuring out what to do with the platform. I am not a pro gamer and I am neither having much time to do it professionally. I do have ideas of what I want to do with this platform. I want to use it to teach stuff, like for example how WA works and how affiliate marketing works.
My wife also got into Twitch and is basically an influencer. She has a schedule on which she streams, 3 days a week, for about 4 hours at a time. She's been growing past me long ago with her channel and has made a good amount of money with it. She now took a coach in the hand to make her way towards partnership.
My point was that you can make money with Twitch too. I even made some money. Perhaps not anywhere near as much as my wife does, but that is logical, for I am not making the effort for it.
I'm glad you filled us in on this Twitch idea! I didn't realize the scope of Twitch went beyond mere gaming! thanks a lot -- Marc
I think this might be of interest to you. It is an article about influence marketing and how to use platforms such as Twitch to get your brand across.
If you for example happen to have a brand like Coca Cola and you want your brand name across a platform to create awareness, you want to either do this all yourself or you reach out to some influencers that already are having a giant following. They can promote your product.
Twitch is therefore not only interesting as an income stream, but also as an advertising or promotional place. A place to reach potential customers.
I'll definitely check out that link. The more I learn about affiliate marketing, the less I know.
Good evening my frien,d very interesting however it seems like putting in a lot of time for so little, but very interesting may you have a successful week.
You will have to put a lot of time and effort in any business venture you step into.
There is no quick and easy way to get money or to be happy.
What are you defining as little? There are some great partners on that network that are earning 6 figures from being the best in eSports, having their own clothing brands, speaking at events and more.
It is really about how much you put into it for how much you will get out of it.
I see a great opportunity for a settled brand or business, whether that is here or anywhere else. You could use a platform such as Twitch or Youtube to have a Q&A with your customers. You could host special events with related or unrelated activities that are just there to spread a brand to make a name in a new market you were never into before.
Possibilities are endless, we just have to utilize them to our best intend.
Good morning my friend I understand your point and you are correct and all that you have said I guess the Venture that were disgusting it's just not for me do you have a fantastic day and is successful Journey
Definitely, something I was not aware of. Thank you.
That was indeed the purpose of my blog, to bring some awareness of the platforms out there.
If there is one thing I feel that WA is under-utilizing, it is social media and other popular platforms. Perhaps this is just to be able to keep us here, or maybe it is because they want to keep developing in-house stuff.
Only recently have Kyle and Carson begun with Instagram, while Instagram is already around for 9 years. Instagram grew in a couple of months from 0 to 1 million users. Only a year later they had 5 million users. Currently they are around 1.1Billion users.
Twitch is still having more viewership than the emerging live-streaming platform of Google (Youtube Live), or Mixer (Microsoft).
See the image for some statistics of Twitch vs other platforms.
A blog alone is no longer going to cut it.
Excellent, there is hope for my teenage son 😀
Of course. Actually I think that if you let him experience the platform and steer him in a direction to do something with whatever knowledge he is having or whatever passion he is going after, to actually become big with it. More importantly he should be happy in life with what he is doing and achieving.
Every next generation will be faster and better with the new platforms that are being developed and will be easier than you and I can imagine utilize it for valuable content, which will bring the masses and can in turn be monetized if one wishes to do so.
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Thanks for sharing, Steven, Alan