Becoming a Twitch Affiliate is the first major step toward gaining recognition on the platform and is the goal of many new streamers.
Affiliate status is accompanied by several benefits, most importantly the ability to finally monetize your work via subscriptions, Bits, and game sales.
However, before you can enjoy the sweet perks of becoming a Twitch Affiliate, there are a few requirements you need to fulfill.
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How To Get Affiliate Status On Twitch
In comparison to the requirements for becoming a Twitch Partner, earning Affiliate status is slightly easier but still requires effort and commitment.
To become a Twitch Affiliate, you must:
- Have at least fifty channel followers
- Spend at least 500 minutes broadcasting over thirty days
- Stream on seven different days
- Have at least three concurrent viewers
To check your progress toward becoming a Twitch Affiliate, follow the steps below:
- Open Twitch in your preferred browser and sign in to your account.
- Click your avatar located in the top-right corner of Twitch’s home screen. Select the Creator Dashboard from the list of options in the menu.
- In the Creator Panel, click Insights from the left sidebar menu, then select Achievements.
- Click the achievement called Path to Affiliate to expand it. Here, you will be able to view your progress toward completing the requirements.
When you have completed all the tasks required for the Affiliate program, you will be invited to join. This might not happen immediately after completing the tasks. In fact, it can take between one and three weeks for Twitch to send an invite.
Upon being selected for the Affiliate program, you will receive the news via an email and a Twitch notification, which you can find in the top-right corner of the website.
Then, you need to click Initiate to begin the process. Doing so will take you to the Configurations section located in the Creator Dashboard panel.
The final step is to fill in a few fields with the basic information required to register for the program. For more details on this, check out the official Twitch Affiliate program article.
Note: You must have Two-Factor Authentication enabled on your Twitch account to be able to register for the Affiliate program.
After you become an Affiliate, your viewers will be able to earn channel points by watching your stream. You can fully customize the points system to match your channel’s overall theme.
This is only one of the benefits, so read the next section of this guide to learn more about the rest of the Affiliate perks.
Benefits Of Being A Twitch Affiliate
As mentioned above, one of the main benefits of becoming a Twitch Affiliate is being able to monetize your content. You can earn money in multiple ways, but the most popular and rewarding method is by accepting channel subscriptions.
Also, being a Twitch Affiliate means getting closer to becoming a Twitch Partner, which is the ultimate goal for many Twitch streamers.
Extra benefits for affiliate members include:
- One global subscriber emote for all subscribers
- Earning by accepting donations via the Twitch Bits system
- Earning via the advertising system
- Getting closer to earning a Partnership with Twitch
- A channel point system for your viewers
A drawback of becoming a Twitch Affiliate is the loss of flexibility to multistream, which can be crucial for smaller creators.
Multistreaming means broadcasting the same content at the same time to two different platforms, for example, Twitch and YouTube, or Twitch and Trovo, to increase your number of viewers and followers and build a larger community.
If you continue multistreaming with the Affiliate or Partner status, you risk having your Twitch channel banned.
To sum up, streaming on two platforms at once means losing some extra viewers. But you can make up for it by earning money through subscriptions, Bits, and ads.
You now know what it takes to earn the Affiliate status on Twitch, as well as the benefits that come with it.
Becoming an Affiliate is easier than becoming a Twitch Partner, but it still needs effort and devotion. If you are uncertain about boosting your audience, we cover that in another guide, which can assist you in becoming a popular streamer on this site.