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Joining the Affiliate Program

Last Updated: Apr 27, 2017 12:34PM PDT

Joining the Affiliate Program

This article explains how qualified broadcasters can start monetizing their channels.

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The Twitch Affiliate Program puts qualified streamers one step closer toward the dream of making a living from their passions. Twitch Affiliates can start earning income on Twitch by enabling Bits on their channel while they build their audience and work toward the coveted status of Twitch Partner. Additional revenue options will be available for Affiliates as the program develops, including Subscriptions, Ads and Game Sales

Index (click to jump):
Affiliate Eligibility
Becoming an Affiliate
Earning Revenue: Cheering (with Bits) for Affiliates
Frequently Asked Questions

The criteria for Affiliates is likely to change as we develop the program. At launch we will invite non partnered streamers who have:
  • 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
Within a few weeks after your channel becomes eligible, you will be invited via email, the Notification Area in the upper right corner of twitch.tv, and on the Dashboard live tab.
 
Once you have been invited and you have clicked “Get Started”, it will take you to the Settings tab of your Dashboard where you can complete a short process to begin monetizing your channel with Bits.

Note: Two-factor authentication is required to complete the onboarding process.
  1. You will provide basic, general information to be registered into the program.
  2. Sign the Twitch Affiliate Agreement, agreeing to the terms of the program.
  3. Provide Amazon your tax information by completing both the Royalty and Service Tax Interviews (TIMS).
  4. Tell us where to send your payments by completing the Tipalti form.
Payment methods:
  • Direct Deposit to bank account
  • Wire  
  • PayPal  
  • Check
  • Hold Payments (Held while waiting Affiliate to specify new payout information)
Once you have completed the above steps, you will be a Twitch Affiliate. You can read more about payouts here.
 
At launch, Affiliates can use Bits to start earning revenue on their channels. They will receive 1 cent per Bit used to Cheer in their channel, same as Partners do, and will have access to all Cheering settings and features with the exception of Partner Custom Cheermotes. Affiliates will be able to track revenue from Bits on the Revenue tab of their Dashboard.

To learn more about Cheering with Bits, read this article.
 
Feature
All Streamers
Twitch Affiliate
Twitch Partner
Monetization Tools
     
Cheering with Bits
No
Yes, No Custom Cheermotes
Yes, With Custom Cheermotes
Subscriptions
No
Coming Soon, 1 Sub Emote
Yes, Can Unlock up to 50 Sub Emotes
Game Sales
No
Coming Soon
Yes, Premium Features Coming Soon
Ads
No
Coming Soon
Yes, Premium Features Coming Soon
Video Tools
     
Transcodes
As Available
As Available, with priority access
Full access to Transcodes
Past Broadcast Storage
14 Days
14 Days
60 Days
Stream Delay
No stream delay option
No stream delay option
Stream delay up to 15 minutes
Payment Terms
     
Chargeback Protection
N/A
Yes
Yes
Payout Timeframe
N/A
60 days
45 Days
Payout Fees
N/A
Covered by Affiliates
Covered by Twitch
Customer Service
Standard Support Queue
Standard Support Queue
Priority Partner Support, Access to Partnerships Team
Verified Chat Badge
No
No
Yes
Channel Page Icon
No
No
Coming Soon