It seems to have been very busy at Twitch headquarters with a lot of news rolling out.
First Twitch introduced exciting new beta features for partnered streamers. They are rolling out subscription options where viewers will be able to choose between $4.99, $9.99 and $24.99 (and Prime subscription of course). The $9.99 subscription will count as two subs for the streamer and the $24.99 subscription will count as six subs toward helping the streamer unlock new emote slots faster. And even the emote tier itself has been revamped to help streamers get new emotes faster. Additionally, partners will be able to switch out emotes anytime they would like, whereas in the past emote slots would be locked if the partner fell below a certain number of subscribers.
As a bonus, Twitch also stated they will in the future implement the feature for Twitch users of gifting subscriptions to non-subscribed users. This is a great tool for partners to use for giveaways and mods.
Twitch Affiliate Program
Other huge news was the Twitch Affiliate Program for non-partnered streamers that has been rolling out. According to twitch “the Twitch Affiliate Program will allow qualified streamers to start earning on their channels using Bits, and in the future, with additional tools”.
Streamers who are qualified will be invited by Twitch to sign up, and the criteria is as follow:
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
Verified Chat Badge
The third thing worth mentioning is the new Verified Chat Badge for Partners. An attempt by Twitch to give partners a mark of distinction globally, and is currently optional.
Discussions are already ongoing on social media about all the new features and how it will affect the streamers, the viewers and the communities. No matter your opinion, we can all agree on Twitch employees working hard to develop the platform and all the features. We can probably expect more exciting updates in the near future.