Starting this week Twitch will be giving its Affiliates the chance to offer a subscription service and earn a cut of the revenue, similar to the deal Twitch Partners are currently offered.
Affiliates will be able to offer $4.99, $9.99 and $24.99 subscriptions, similar to the tiers offered to Partners.
Economically, this is a big change: the requirements to make it as a Twitch Affiliiate are clearly stated, and we've reposted them below.
- 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
Twitch say that this could change, but it's a world away from the requirements for partnership, which is deliberately vague as Twitch claims to assess goals on a case by case basis.
- An established and steadily growing audience and chat
- A regular broadcast schedule of at least 3 times a week
- Content that conforms to our Rules of Conduct, Terms of Service and DMCA Guidelines
For streamers on the up, the Affiliate program and the revenue it now offers, could mean that more streamers are able to make a living from the practice, and this means the market is only going to grow. Throw in Twitch's recent change to allow streamers the ability to sell games via their channel and get a cut from purchases, it's a good time to be in the streaming business.