Becoming a Twitch Partner is the main goal for those willing to upgrade their status from affiliate and one of the most significant achievements you can earn on the platform.
Twitch’s partner program offers many benefits, but there are a few requirements to meet before you can become a part of it.
The guide below contains everything you need to know about the program, as well as a few extra tips on how to progress towards the status of a Twitch partner more efficiently.
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Benefits Of Having A Twitch Partner Status
Although not easy to achieve, working hard towards becoming a Twitch Partner is well-worth it. Here are the main benefits you get to enjoy upon doing it:
- More options for content monetizing. This includes Subscriptions & Emotes, Bits, and Advertisements.
- Better channel customization. This includes custom chat badges, emoticons, cheermotes, and a lot more.
- Access to channel-growing features. This includes creating your own streaming team, access to special promotions, priority support, and more.
If you are someone who plays games competitively or streams competitive content, note that becoming a Twitch partner unlocks the option to delay your broadcast for up to fifteen minutes to prevent stream sniping.
Some Twitch channels focus mainly on spectating pro matches in competitive games such as Counter-Strike, Dota2, and League of Legends. Without this partnership benefit, they would most likely receive tons of reports and eventually cease to exist.
Stream sniping is a term used amongst members of the gaming community. It describes the act of watching a stream to obtain crucial information, then use it to ensure victory against the broadcaster in an unfair way.
Along with the verified user badge, this sums up the benefits of being a Twitch Partner. Now, what does it actually take to earn this status on the world’s most famous video-game streaming platform?
The Requirements For Becoming A Twitch Partner
Building your Twitch channel is like progressing in a video game – You earn new achievements as you go.
One of the most important achievements to earn while on your streamer journey is called Path to Partner.
Upon completing the requirements to earn it, a special button unlocks on your channel, which allows you to apply for a Twitch partnership. Applying through this method adds a priority to your application.
The Path to Partner achievement requires a streamer to meet the following criteria:
- Stream at least twenty-five hours.
- Stream on at least twelve different days.
- Achieve an average of seventy-five concurrent viewers during your broadcasts.
Although this doesn’t sound difficult at first, there are some things you need to know.
Only unique and concurrent viewers count towards the achievement’s progress, and these viewers must not come from raids, hosts, reruns, and Twitch spotlight (the frontpage showcase).
Also, partners are expected to be pillars of Twitch’s community, which means that breaking the terms of service and community guidelines will result in a partnership revoke.
Finally, it’s worth noting that the Path to Partner achievement lists only the minimum criteria required to become a Twitch partner, as stated in the final paragraph of this official article.
In rare cases, broadcasters who manage to achieve massive viewership in a shorter period are offered the partnership opportunity via an invitation.
That’s usually the case with already well-established streamers migrating to Twitch from other platforms along with their viewers.
All applications are manually reviewed by the Twitch team. On average, it takes about a week to receive an answer.
When selected as a potential candidate for the program, you’ll receive an invitation like the one shown in the image above.
Now, all that sounds amazing, but how does one achieve the required stats to be considered for Twitch’s partnership program? Read the following section to learn more.
How To Progress Towards Twitch Partnership
Getting a lot of viewers on Twitch is not an easy task, but it is more than possible with enough effort and dedication.
A key thing to focus on while streaming is diversity. That means experimenting with new games or modifying the content to reach different viewer groups more easily.
If you aim to become a part of Twitch’s affiliate and partnership programs, your main goal should be increasing viewership. So, it’s often a good idea to stream whatever the crowd likes the most, not what you prefer.
That usually includes “jumping on the hype train,” as Twitch’s community likes to call it, and streaming what’s “hot” at the moment.
Creating a schedule and organizing it around peak times is also a crucial element for success on this platform.
We cover this and a lot more in one of our guides dedicated to increasing viewers on Twitch. If you are currently aiming to improve the numbers on your channel, we suggest taking a look.
Now you know how to become a Twitch partner and what it takes to do it, and although it may seem daunting at first, it’s definitely something you should aim for if being a full-time streamer is your long-term goal.
The benefits you get to enjoy for being a part of Twitch’s partnership program help build your channel even faster and more efficiently than before.