Gaming is your passion. You consider play its own reward. But wouldn’t it be nice if you could make some cash for picking up a controller and doing what you love?
We can help. We’ll tell you all about how to make money with Twitch. Follow our step-by-step plan, and you’ll do more than have fun while you play.
How Twitch Streamers Make Money: By the Numbers
Keep these numbers in mind to take your Twitch habit to the next level:
- 500: Play for at least 500 minutes every month. The more hours you log, the more eyeballs you might snag. And you’ll ensure that people always have something new to see when they visit you.
- 50: Entice at least 50 people to follow you. Ask them, and reward them for doing so with a shoutout while you’re online. It can take time to build up this fan base. Don’t get discouraged. Play well and be your charming self. You’ll get the fans you want in time.
- 7: Set a schedule and play on at least seven different days every month. Use your other social media accounts to showcase your gaming hours. Tell people what you’ll be playing and when.
- 3: Experiment with timing until you find a sweet spot when at least three of your fans are online. Now, consider that time your playtime.
- 2: Never forget that you’re doing two things at the same time: playing a game and interacting with people. As you play, your fans will hit you up with suggestions or thoughts. Read them out and respond in real time. Make them feel noticed, and you’ll entice them to come back.
How to Make Money on Twitch With Donations
To really make money with Twitch, you’ll need a community of fans.
Each person can give you money. When your channel is live, you can add a small “donate” button to your screen.
Do something amazing, and your fans will reward you with a donation that feeds right into your PayPal account. Mention that button at least once during your live streams to entice people to help you pay for your passion.
Your fans can also cheer you on with micro-donations called “bits.” They’ll either buy them or watch ads to earn them — and they’ll pass them to you as comments. You’ll get about a cent per bit.
Choose your settings carefully, so you don’t overlook the money headed your way. Thank your supporters in real time, and you might inspire others to give.
You don’t have to go overboard with the thanks. (You are trying to play a game at the same time, after all.) But you’d be surprised how much your fans appreciate words of thanks. Try: “Thanks so much for the bit! I really appreciate it.” This makes the experience personal, builds your relationship with fans, and prompts them to give again.
Can you make money on Twitch without exceptional gaming skills? Of course. While some people log on to get tips and tricks on playing a specific game with style, others enjoy watching wipeouts or listening to you sweat your way through challenges. Your game is only part of your success potential.
How Do Twitch Streamers Make Money as Affiliates?
Follow our tips, and you’ll have:
- A monthly total play time of at least 500 minutes.
- At least 50 followers.
- At least 7 unique broadcast days.
- An average of 3 or more concurrent visitors.
Congratulations! You qualify as an affiliate. You’ll get an email from Twitch with the fanatic news, and you’ll use your Twitch Settings tab to set up your account.
As a gamer with affiliate status, you will make money on Twitch through your subscribers. Each person who subscribes to your channel earns you money.
Play a game available for purchase via Twitch, and you’ll make more. If someone buys the game through your channel, you’ll get a cut of the profits.
Don’t feel pressured to chat up a game that bites. Your followers will know they’re being conned. Just look for a game you legit enjoy, and talk about why it’s a fun choice.
How Do You Make Money on Twitch as a Partner?
At this point, you’ve worked really hard. You have dedicated fans, you play often, and you’re making a little money. Don’t stop there. Keep up the good work, build on your success, and you could become a Twitch partner.
To qualify as a partner, you’ll need to hit a few key numbers:
- 25: You’ll need to stream for at least 25 hours each month.
- 12: You’ll need to stream on at least 12 unique days.
- 75: You’ll need at least 75 viewers each time you stream.
Twitch will watch your stats, so you don’t have to obsess over the numbers. When you hit them, Twitch will notify you and invite you to apply for the partnership program.
Twitch takes partnership seriously. Even if you qualify, the company may not let you join. But if you get it, you’ll get money for each follower you land.
Also, companies may play ads on your channel. When they do, you’ll take a portion of the ad-sale cost.
You Can Make Money With Twitch
Follow our action plan, and you can make money with Twitch. But don’t be disappointed if your paycheck doesn’t allow you to retire.
Building a following takes both time and consistency. Some people need years to get a fan base built. When you do, you could make a decent living doing something you love. And that’s worth the time and effort, right?