A new subscription package has been rolled out by Twitch in order to help streamers earn more cash.
The popular website had previously only allowed fans of partnered associates to pay $4.99 per month in order to show their support, but the Amazon owned company are now introducing two new tiers.
Options to subscribe for $9.99 and $24.99 a month will be rolled out, with improved perks such as special emotes and increased subscriber counts being the initial benefits. Partners won’t be required to enable the higher tiered service.
Twitch announced the changes via their website, complete with a Q&A for all of those questions you might want answered. It appears to have been rushed out after an internal email was leaked.
The company has also pledged to continue to roll out ways for communities to support their favourite partnered streamers and provide a more steady income for those who dedicate their time to Twitch.
FAQ (For Viewers)
When will the beta launch?
A. Very soon.
Will the $9.99 and $24.99 subscriptions be available on all channels?
A. Initially, these new subscriptions will only be available on Partnered channels who opt into the beta. This will be a rolling beta with new channels added weekly. If you are a Partner, please check your email for opt-in info.
When will $9.99 and $24.99 subscriptions come out of beta?
A. Our new sub options will be available universally (across all Partnered channels) over the next several weeks.
Will the $4.99 subscription still exist?
A. Yes, you will still be able to support a streamer with this option.
Will the new options auto-renew like the $4.99 subscription?
Yes, it will be similar to our existing monthly subscriptions.
A. How does this apply to Twitch Prime?
Twitch Prime members can continue getting a $4.99 subscription at no additional cost every 30 days with their Prime membership.
Do the new subscriptions support proration?
A. We do not currently support the proration of subscriptions. This means if you upgrade before the end of a billing cycle you will not receive credit for the remaining amount until the end of the billing cycle. If this is a concern, we recommend upgrading at the end of the billing cycle. For more info on purchase support, see our FAQ.
FAQ (For Partners)
Are additional emotes for $9.99 and $24.99 subscription required?
A. No, it’s optional. We encourage you to do what’s best for your community.
I’ve heard about permanent emote unlock — how will that work during the beta?
A. When the beta launches, the emote slots you gain will start to be yours permanently. However, you will not be able to switch your emotes freely if you fall under the required active sub count right away. We’ll be adding this feature once the new subscriptions come out of beta, and will carry over the peak emote slot count you reached starting from the beta.
How and when can I upload additional emotes?
A. When our beta launches, you will be able to upload all your emotes (including new emotes for $9.99 and $24.99 subs) via your dashboard. We anticipate an influx of new emotes and required approvals, and are working to ensure that your new emotes are live as quickly as possible.
How will this work with existing overlays & notifications?
A. We’ve partnered with developers like StreamLabs, BitsBattleBoss and Muxy to ensure support for this feature upon our beta launch.
Are there any changes to the API to allow to us to access more info about subscription status?
A. Absolutely! We’ve updated the existing subscriber APIs to include subscription types, tenure, and more. A PubSub topic for subscriptions was added to make it even easier to integrate with the system. For more info, visit dev.twitch.tv/docs.
I have additional questions. Where can I learn more?
A. Please check your email for more details. In that email, there’s also a registration link for a Partner-only webinar we’re hosting, which will go over this info plus address some top questions.