When you're just starting out as a streamer, making money on Twitch can be kind of hard.
With this forthcoming Affiliate program, Twitch is essentially setting up a second tier of creators who will also gain access to this tool, and soon others. "Twitch Affiliates is a new program for smaller streamers that, according to the, ". allows eligible streamers to start earning income on Twitch while building their audience, and provides a stepping stone to bridge the gap between emerging streamer and Twitch Partner". Their payout timeframe remains 45 days compared to the 60 days in the affiliate program. The Affiliate Program will make monetization methods that were once exclusive to Partners available for more Twitch users, starting with Cheering for Bits. Affiliates should make it easier for Twitch to encourage amateurs to improve the quality of their streams, get more people to visit the service, and produce copious amounts of content that it can monetize better than videos shared by amateur streamers.
The program will start with what Twitch calls "Cheering with Bits, " which is a micropayments system that lets viewers buy a certain number of animated emoticons to use in a streamer's chat window. Expected to allow tens of thousands of creators that now aren't partnered to earn some cash, Affiliates will receive money through cheering Bits at launch. Twitch said that Affiliates will be able to use one subscriber emote, for example, whereas Partners will be able to choose from a set of 50 emotes. Premium features are coming to those monetization options for partners as well, so there will still be a clear distinction between affiliates and partners. Payout fees are covered by Twitch, whereas Affiliates must cover that.
In order to qualify, streamers must have a minimum of 500 total minutes broadcast in the last 30 days, at least 7 unique broadcast days out of the last 30, an average of 3 concurrent viewers or more over the last 30 days, and a minimum of 50 followers. Twitch says the program will roll out "very soon" - in the meantime, check out our ultimate Twitch streaming guide to get your channel ready.
Those who fit the criteria will receive invites to join; there's no need to sign up.