It’s exciting being approved as a Twitch partner, not only do you reap the benefits and have the ability to monetize from the monster streaming platform itself, but you have validation that the hard work you’ve put into your stream is on its way to being a massive success.
Since 2021, there has been a huge uptick in new partnerships which has forced Twitch to speed up their processes for new partnership applications and that’s more than just a good thing, it’s a great thing. Being more stringent about applications while increasing acceptance has been no easy feat, that’s for sure.
So how do you apply?
How do you attain the legendary status of Twitch Partner?
It’s actually quite a simple (but lengthy) process.
The main considerations to keep in mind is ensuring you have the pre-requisites and meet their quality guidelines on your stream.
We break down everything you need to know about applying for a twitch partnership in complete detail.
How to Apply for Twitch Partnership
As per Twitch, their Partnership Program is for those who are committed to streaming. So, before we continue on with the details on how to apply for a Twitch partnership, make sure that your dedication is at 100%. No less.
Remember, the Twitch partnership application does not only cater to gamers but to creators who have the heart to stream a variety of content.
Twitch Partnership Requirements
The Twitch partnership requirements are composed of three major factors – content, average viewership count, and stream frequency and schedule. Let’s look at them closely!
To be eligible to apply (as achieving these do not assure a partnership status) as a partner, you need to complete these in a span of 30 days. Note that the calculation below does not include premiers, reruns, and subscriber streams.
- Stream for 25 hours
- Stream on 12 different days
- Average of 75 viewers (concurrent viewership excluding hosts, raids, and embeds)
You might think that it would be hard to track where you are at each requirement but Twitch will guide you in your journey to become a partner through their Path to Partner Achievement.
Once you sign up as a creator, you can access your own Achievements page. Landing on this page will lead you to the Path to Partner Achievement section, where you can see your progress at each requirement.
Aside from completing the three requirements above, Twitch does have some more criteria for potential partners:
- Creators that have large viewership and have built up a strong sub-community of their own.
- Those who engage their audience, produce amazing content, and find ways to stand out from the crowd.
- Streamers who want to represent Twitch as a brand and are active, participating members of the community.
- Creators who conform to Twitch’s Terms of Service, Community Guidelines, and DMCA Guidelines. These terms and guidelines will help you perform better at streaming, know the basic rules and regulations and answer some of your frequently asked questions such as “how old do you have to be to stream on Twitch” (which the answer would be the legal age of your country),”. Moreover, you will learn how to protect yourself and the streams you recorded from piracy.
Twitch Partnership Application
After completing all the tasks within 30 days, how do you formally apply as a partner? Well, you do not need to go the web and search for “twitch apply for partnership” and look for email addresses where you can send your resume.
Remember the Path to Partner section? Once you have completed the three requirements, an Apply button will automatically appear which will lead you to the partner application form.
Twitch Application Process
The average time for an application process for Twitch varies. For those who have not yet completed the Path to Partnership (this includes those who applied for the Affiliate Program), the application process can take between two to four weeks. On the other hand, those who have completed the Path to Partner and applied through the link will get their application prioritized and it will take up to seven business days.
Getting Approved, and Maintaining Your Twitch Partnership
As mentioned, completing the Path to Partner requirements does not guarantee a successful application. So, to increase your chances of getting approved, Twitch encourages applicants to include in their application more information about themselves, their achievements, and even their social media accounts.
Once approved, remember to maintain a solid streaming channel. You will unlock a lot of features once you got into the Partnership Program that will help you not only monetize but grow your channel drastically.
About Twitch Partnerships
Now that you know the process of being a Twitch partner, you may ask yourself, what’s in it for you? Can you make a living from streaming on Twitch? Can you lose a Twitch Partnership? Let’s find out!
Twitch Partnership vs Affiliate
Let’s say that 30 days have passed and you weren’t able to achieve your goals to apply as a partner. Well, do not get discouraged! Aside from their Partnership Program, Twitch also lets creators monetize and grow their channel by being an Affiliate.
The features enjoyable by an Affiliate are very similar though is not exactly as a Partner.
To be an Affiliate, these are the requirements you should complete:
– 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
We have published an in-depth article titled “Not A Twitch Partner Yet? You Can Still Make Money On Twitch” which you can visit here.
Twitch Partnership Contract
We cannot publish the Twitch Partnership Contract here for legal reasons. Each partner has his/her detailed set of agreements of the contract, but what we can say is that they generally include not violating any rules and guidelines on the Terms of Service, Community Guidelines, and DMCA Guidelines.
In line with that, you have to know that you can lose your Twitch partnership. Punishment includes blocking you from creating a streaming channel on other platforms.
Twitch Partnership Pay
There are no exact figures on how much a partner can make, but there are a number of ways to monetize your channel if you become one. These include Bits Collections, Subscriber fees, Game Sales, and Ad Revenue. You can read about these in the article we mentioned above!
Twitch Partnership Benefits
Aside from monetization features, Twitch helps Partners grow their channels through these:
- Channel customization
- VOD Features
- Priority Support
- Access to Partner-only opportunities
- Video Transcodes
- Broadcast Delay
These amazing features are exclusive for Partners only.
Now that you are equipped with all the knowledge you need, it’s time to start streaming. Remember that the most important thing of all is to enjoy and be proud of your craft. Good luck!