Twitch is undoubtedly one of the best streaming platforms for gamers out there. It’s got all the fancy bells and whistles a streamer, and their audience needs to be up and running, and to provides an excellent viewer experience.
All this means that there is an abundance of streamers on Twitch. But this also means that it’s challenging to stand out, as viewers have a lot of choices, and in the beginning, it can be quite intimidating to gather an audience.
Now you can do a couple of things to ensure you have more than single digits in terms of viewership. However, there’s one thing that goes far in attracting viewers — the verified badge.
The verified badge indicates that you’re a verified streamer on Twitch and a partner and here’s how you can get verified on Twitch.
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The verified batch is serious stuff and to get it you’re going to have to meet specific criteria. To be verified on Twitch, first, you need to become a Twitch affiliate, and the requirements for that are as follows.
- At least 500 total minutes broadcast in the last 30 days.
- At least seven unique broadcast days in the last 30 days.
- An average of three concurrent viewers or more over the last 30 days.
- At least 50 followers.
Don’t be intimidated, though. As long as you’re streaming consistently and engaging with your audience, you should be able to hit most of these milestones easily.
How to become an affiliate?
So you’ve been streaming consistently, and you’ve met the criteria. What’s next? Well, sooner or later, Twitch will reach out to you with an invitation to join its affiliate program. This is where things get serious.
Keep in mind that if you’re looking to make money off of streaming on Twitch, you’ll have to be an affiliate. You can, of course, receive donations, but becoming an affiliate makes monetising your streams actually profitable.
Once you’ve got the email invitation, here are the next steps.
- Step 1: You’ll need to provide basic, general information to register into the program.
- Step 2: You’ll have to agree to the terms of the program by signing the Twitch Affiliate Agreement.
- Step 3: Provide Amazon with your tax information by completing both the Royalty and Service Tax Interviews (TIMS).
- Step 4: Tell Twitch where to send your payments
Once you’ve completed this process, you’re a Twitch Affiliate. You can now earn revenue from Subscribers, Ads, and Bits.
Affiliate vs Partner
Do not get confused between an Affiliate vs a Partner on Twitch. There are some pretty significant differences between the two. To begin with, the criteria for partnership is different from being an affiliate and much harder.
Also, you can apply to be a partner as opposed to waiting for an invitation. There are also several monetary differences.
Being a partner provides you with a lot more control over how you reward your subscribers during a stream. You get custom cheermotes, and up to 60 unlockable sub emotes as compared to five for affiliates.
In terms of payout, there isn’t a lot of difference except that Twitch covers the payout fees for partners, while if you’re an affiliate, you have to pay that yourself.
How to get verified?
The thing is, these verified badges are given out through the Twitch Affiliate program. Many streamers reach these criteria daily, and it can take some time for Twitch to be able to reach out to you.
So, you’ll get verified on Twitch once you’ve reached the required milestones to become a Twitch affiliate and completed the due process from your end following the email from the platform. It’s best to focus on the content that you’re creating, be sure to push out the best in you. As always, it’s good to be respectful and engaging in your streams and put your audience first.
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