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Bounty Board Program Information and FAQ

Last Updated: Aug 30, 2018 10:27AM PDT
This article provides information and answers some common questions regarding the Twitch Bounty Board.

Bounty Board Program Information and FAQ

This article provides information and answers some common questions regarding the Twitch Bounty Board.

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About Bounty Board

Bounty Board is a way for creators to browse and accept paid sponsorship opportunities (AKA bounties) directly from their Twitch dashboard. With Bounty Board, Twitch handles the relationship with the brand and finds sponsorship opportunities for you. Twitch will also handle your payments, so you can concentrate on streaming and growing your community.

We’re kicking things off with a closed beta with Partners in the US, where we’ll be experimenting with bounties from Twitch and select game developers. Every few weeks, we’ll be onboarding groups of randomly-selected Partners from the waitlist as well as some targeted Partners based on the specific bounties available.

Update: As of May 31, we are opening up the waitlist to additional select English-language Partners and Affiliates based on the addition of new bounties with specific targeting requirements. Priority for onboarding from the waitlist will be given to those US Partners who are already on the waitlist.

General guidelines for your use of Bounty Board as a Twitch creator are as follows:

  • No needless bad-mouthing. You can share your authentic opinion of the content, even if it’s not entirely positive. However, be mindful of the difference between constructive feedback, which is welcome, and mean-spirited bashing, which is not.
  • We’ll use the stream title, game, and Past Broadcast to verify bounty completion. Update your stream title to include #sponsored, stream under the correct game, and have “Store Past Broadcasts” on in your Channel Settings. Otherwise, you can’t get paid.
  • We require you to disclose your bounties to viewers. In addition to including #sponsored in your stream title, make sure that your viewers are aware that your bounties are sponsored content.
  • Payouts are based on concurrent viewer requirements. You will receive the full payout for meeting the concurrent viewership requirement, while receiving a partial payout if you don’t meet the requirement.

Please make sure you review the terms associated with your bounty for additional details.

Your Bounty Board is right on the Dashboard and contains bounties suited for your channel and audience. Here’s what they look like:

Note: Payout rates shown below may not be representative of what your personalized rates are.

You can learn more about any bounty, including how to complete it, just by clicking on it.

Accepting a Bounty

The act of accepting a bounty is a contractual agreement between you, Twitch, and the brand.

Before you accept a bounty, make sure to read its terms thoroughly. Not reading the terms of the bounty before accepting could mean you mistakenly violate the terms of the bounty and consequently will not be paid for fulfilment. Nobody wants that.

To accept a bounty, simply click on a bounty under the “Available” section on Bounty Board and click the “Activate Bounty” button. You will then be presented with a pop-up showing the bounty details and a list of terms for this bounty. As noted above, we highly recommend you read and understand before accepting.

Once you have an active bounty, it can be found under the “In Progress” section of your Bounty Dashboard. While a bounty is in the “In Progress” section, you may click on the Bounty to expand additional options such as the “Terms” link that will allow you to review the specific bounty terms as many times as you’d like. You may also cancel the bounty via the “Cancel Bounty” button should you find that you are not able to fulfil the terms of the bounty.

Cancelling a Bounty

You may cancel a bounty via the “Cancel Bounty” button should you find that you are not able to fulfil the terms of the bounty. However, be aware that excessive cancellations or incomplete bounties can result in your removal from the closed beta program. Broadcasters who demonstrate a pattern of cancelling or failing to complete bounties will be automatically removed from the Bounty Board closed beta. If you have been banned from Bounty Board and would like to appeal the ban, please contact bountyboard@justin.tv.

Advice and Guidelines on Bounties

Please remember that while you are fulfilling a bounty, you are representing your channel and community as well as the brand offering the bounty. This does not mean you can’t be authentic with your opinions and feedback. Everyone has unique likes and dislikes, but you should always consider the difference between constructive feedback and outright bashing.

As with other kinds of streams and content on Twitch, you should choose bounties you think both you and your community will enjoy.

You may also cancel the bounty via the “Cancel Bounty” button should you find that you are not able to fulfil the terms of the bounty. However, be aware that excessive cancellations or incomplete bounties can result in your removal from the closed beta program. Broadcasters who demonstrate a pattern of cancelling or failing to complete bounties will be automatically removed from the Bounty Board closed beta. If you have been banned from Bounty Board and would like to appeal the ban, please contact bountyboard@justin.tv.

Frequently Asked Questions

 
 

Closed Beta Program


  • Q. Who is eligible to participate?
    • A. During the closed beta, only Partners in the US will be eligible to participate. While we plan on eventually expanding eligibility to all Partners and Affiliates, our initial launch plan is to carefully onboard streamers from the waitlist so we can gradually test the scale and stability of the system before expanding.

      Update: As of May 31, we are opening up the waitlist to additional select English-language Partners and Affiliates based on the addition of new bounties with specific targeting requirements. Priority for onboarding from the waitlist will be given to those US Partners who are already on the waitlist.

  • Q. What kinds of bounties are available?
    • A. During the closed beta, bounties will be limited to playing certain games on stream for 1 hour. In the future, we will add other types of bounties.

      Update: As of July 2, we are testing bounties that involve watching branded videos live with your community.

  • Q. How long will the closed beta program last?
    • A. Our current plan for Bounty Board is to test with several groups over the next few months so we can continually improve the experience based on feedback from both streamers and brands. We ask for your patience during the beta program as we carefully manage the stability of the system and learn how to create the best product for you.
  • Q. How do I participate in the closed beta?
    • A. US Partners can sign up to be on the waitlist for the closed beta by taking a short onboarding survey. We will invite groups of randomly selected English-language Partners as well as select English-language Partners and Affiliates from the waitlist based on the targeting for the bounties available every few weeks.
  • Q. Why didn’t I receive an email invitation for the closed beta?
    • A. We initially sent an email to all English-language US Partners inviting them to sign up for the waitlist. If you are in this group, please check your Twitch account email address (perhaps the Spam/Junk folder) or sign up for the waitlist by taking a short onboarding survey. We have also emailed invitations to select English-language Partners and Affiliates based on targeting criteria of the available bounties. If you haven’t received an email invitation, it may mean you were not a US Partner at the time or not among the select English-language Partners and Affiliates who were chosen based on the targeting criteria of the bounties.
  • Q. I signed up for the waitlist for the closed beta. How long do I have to wait to get invited?
    • A. We’re currently inviting groups of randomly selected Partners as well as some specific Partners from the waitlist based on the targeting for the bounties available every few weeks.
  • Q. What happens once I’ve accepted my invitation for the closed beta?
    • A. If you have been randomly selected for the closed beta, you will be notified via an email that includes a short survey. Upon verifying completion of the survey, we will activate Bounty Board for your account, and you will then see a page on your Dashboard labeled Bounty Board. You will be notified of this via email.
  • Q. Do I have to complete the onboarding survey to be a part of the closed beta?
    • A. Yes, the survey will help us determine which brands will be the best fit for the program. Your answers will help us keep bounties relevant for your viewers and the viewers of other streamers.
  • Q. This sounds like it’s only for gaming streamers. What about Creative, IRL, or other types of streamers?
    • A. We are starting with gaming content in order to test and improve on Bounty Board, but our vision for the future is to expand bounties to include non-gaming brands. Our goal is to create opportunities for as many types of streamers as possible.

Browsing and Activating Bounties


  • Q. How does Bounty Board support the streamer?
    • A. Twitch provides participating streamers a share of the revenue received from brands who present opportunities—referred to as bounties. These rates vary by a number of factors including but not limited to geography, sponsored opportunity, and streamer’s influence.
  • Q. What determines which bounties show up on my Bounty Board?
    • A. Some bounties will be generally available, while others may be targeted to you based on the games you’ve streamed in the past.
  • Q. Why do some of the bounties show Twitch as the sponsoring brand?
    • A. During the closed beta, we will be experimenting by funding bounties for various games. These bounties will display Twitch as the sponsoring brand, and you may activate and complete these bounties in the same way as any other bounty available to you.
  • Q. Why don’t I see any bounties?
    • A. If you aren’t seeing any bounties, it could mean you’re currently not a match for the targeting criteria for any of the active bounties or you’ve completed all available bounties that were currently available to you, in which case we encourage you to check back later to see if there are new bounties available. It could also mean that you haven’t streamed in over 60 days, in which case you would need to stream at least 5 hours and wait up to 24 hours to see bounties.
  • Q. How are my payout rates set for bounties?
    • A. Payout rates are initially calculated by factoring in the brand, your historical viewership metrics, and geographic location. You will receive the full payout for meeting the concurrent viewership requirement, while receiving a partial payout if you don’t meet the requirement. After Bounty Board has been running for a while and we have more data, we’ll start considering things like reliability (i.e. successful completion of bounties you activated) and engagement from your audience. Our goal is to continue to optimize the program so that you are rewarded for your influence.
  • Q. How many bounties can I do at once?
    • A. You can have one bounty in progress at any given time during the closed beta.
  • Q. Can I do the same bounty again?
    • A. No. You can only complete a specific bounty once. If you stream the same game for a bounty twice, only your first one will count towards the bounty completion.
  • Q. Can I do a bounty at the end of my stream?
    • A. Yes. You can do bounties at any time during your streaming session. Just make sure you update your stream title to include #sponsored, stream under the correct game, and have “Store Past Broadcasts” on in your Channel Settings before you begin your bounty.
  • Q. Can I stream for longer to earn more money?
    • A. No. You will only be paid for the requirements described in the bounty. During the closed beta, this will be limited to streaming a certain game for 1 hour. It’s great if you end up streaming for longer because you and the community enjoy the game, but you won’t be paid more.
  • Q. How do I start bounties for games I do not own?
    • A. Within 72 hours of activating the bounty, Twitch will provide a game key via email on behalf of the brand for you to redeem the game and begin the bounty.
  • Q. I already own the game for a bounty I activated. Do I need to wait to receive the game key in order to start the bounty?
    • A. No. If you already own the game, you can start the bounty as soon as you activate it. You will still receive a valid game key via email, which you can give away to your community.
  • Q. Do I need to tell my viewers I am doing a bounty?
    • A. We require you to disclose your bounties to viewers. In addition to including #sponsored in your stream title and any social media promotion, make sure that your viewers are aware that your bounties are sponsored content.
  • Q. Can I cancel an in-progress bounty?
    • A. Yes, you may cancel an in-progress bounty at any time should you find it’s not suitable for your channel / audience. Note that during the closed beta, too many cancellations may result in removal from the program, so make sure only accept bounties that you intend on completing.

Verification and Payment


  • Q. How will you verify that I’ve completed the bounty?
    • A. We’ll use the stream title, game, and Past Broadcast to verify bounty completion. When you’re ready to start your bounty, simply click the “Start Tracking Bounty” button on the “Bounties” widget on your Live Dashboard. This will automatically add “#sponsored” to the beginning of your stream title and update your game/category appropriately. Once you’ve completed your bounty, you can simply click the “End Tracking” button and update your stream title and game/category to whatever you’d like.
  • Q. What is the payout period? When will I receive my payouts for bounties I’ve completed?
    • A. Our standard payout period is Net 45. Monthly payouts will be distributed 45 days from the end of the month. For example, bounty revenue booked (meaning you completed the bounty by fulfilling the requirements) during the month of June would be paid out on or before August 15th.
  • Q. What is the minimum amount of revenue required to receive payout?
    • A. A Partner is eligible for payout once their accrued advertising, offers, and subscription revenue balance reaches $100.

Recent Updates

 

July 20, 2018


Available Now

  • New payout model: Your payout will now be calculated using the highest average viewership count over the entirety of your sponsored stream (which starts when you add #sponsored to your stream title and update to the correct game) instead of only using the first hour. For example, let’s say your max payout rate is $100, and your viewership requirement is 100 average viewers. You stream for 2 hours, achieving a peak average viewership of 80 during the first hour and 100 in during the second hour. Previously, you would only be paid a partial payout since only the first hour would count, but now you would get paid the max payout of 100.
  • Faster game keys: We’re ramping up our game key distribution system to make sure they’re being sent more quickly and frequently. We know this has been an issue for broadcasters and are working hard to address this.
  • Video bounties: We have started testing a new type of bounty that requires watching a specific video and then chatting about it with your community.
  • Bug Fix: Fixed a bug where Bounty Board link was showing up to people who weren’t actually onboarded to Closed Beta

Coming Soon

  • More bounty types: We’ve begun small tests around bounties that extend beyond playing a game for a specific amount of time.
  • “Start Bounty” button: By the end of August, you’ll be able to start your bounty with a click of a button in your Live Dashboard that will automatically add #sponsored to your stream title and update your game.
  • New bounty indicator: As of July 18, the "Bounty Board" link on your Dashboard will display a red dot when you have a new bounty available.

Aug 29, 2018


Available Now

  • “Start Tracking Bounty” button: We’ve added a new “Bounties” widget on your Live Dashboard to make it easier to ensure your bounties are tracked correctly. Once you’re ready to start an accepted bounty, all you have to do is click the Start Tracking Bounty button in this widget. After clicking the button, #Sponsored will be automatically added to the beginning of your stream title and your game/category will be updated accordingly. Once you’ve completed your bounty, simply click the End Tracking button and update your stream title and game/category to whatever you’d like.

Coming Soon

  • On-going work to continue improving the stability and reliability of Bounty board
  • Optimization of bounty asset distribution system to ensure faster, more reliable sending of assets (i.e. game keys, video links, etc.)