Streaming’s taken the online world by storm lately. Gamers may have been pre-recording their playthroughs for years now.
But it’s only recently that they’ve come to realize just how much better it is to stream to their fans. Interacting with chat is something that was not possible with platforms like Youtube.
As a result, Twitch, the internet’s leading streaming service, has seen a serious uptick in activity recently. There are countless gamers aiming to become the next big name in live-streaming.
Odds are that you’ve come here because you’re one of them.
And if that’s the case, you ought to be wise to the details of Twitch’s higher rankings if you’re to fulfill your dream of getting big in the streaming business.
For instance, you’ve likely heard of the notion of being a Twitch affiliate and a Twitch partner; and you likely know that both of these things are exclusive positions that only really dedicated streamers can attain.
But many of you likely don’t know the details of the difference between these two positions, or even how separate they really are.
For this reason, we’d like to briefly go over the difference between a Twitch affiliate and a Twitch partner. After all, you need to know how your streaming will grow.
A lot of the differences are cosmetic. For instance, while both affiliates and partners can receive Twitch bits during streams, only partners can have custom cheer emotes.
Similarly, affiliates can only unlock as many as three custom sub emotes depending on their sub tier, whereas partners can unlock as many as fifty.
This doesn’t sound major at first, of course; but given how chatting is a major part of the live-streaming experience, custom emotes can play a major role in helping streamers provide their viewers with a unique chatting experience that sets them apart from other streamers.
There’s financial stuff too, of course.
For instance, Twitch partners have access to premium services relating to in-game sales that affiliates can’t access; and ads on streams generate revenue only for affiliates.
According to Twitch, this is due to change soon, and it seems likely that, before long, affiliates will be able to benefit from ads; but this will apparently coincide with the addition of new and better ad features available exclusively to partners.
And if you’re lucky enough to be making revenue off Twitch as an affiliate, the fees will have to be covered by you the affiliate; while partners will have all their fees covered by Twitch itself.
And then there’s the simpler, more practical stuff. For instance, video-on-demand (that’s to say, recordings of past streams) can be saved on an affiliate’s account for only 14 days.
While on a partner’s they can be saved for as long as 60 days; and partner’s streams can be delayed by up to 15 minutes, while affiliates cannot delay streams at all.
There’s more, of course; but the real point here is that, while being a Twitch affiliate certainly has some serious advantages, there’ll be even more to work toward once you reach that point.
Keep streaming, and keep your eyes on the prestige of the partner position.