Twitch has 2.9 million monthly active users and is one of the most popular streaming platforms globally. As the number of users and streamers grows, more people see this network as an excellent earning opportunity. If you’re interested in monetizing your gaming skills, you should definitely consider starting a channel. Your following questions are probably: how do people earn on the platform, and how much does Twitch take from subs. This blog article will teach you about subscriptions, earning tiers, donations from people, ads, and more. 

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How Much Does Twitch Take from Subs?

How much do content creators earn, and how much does the platform get from Twitch streamers each time someone subscribes to their channel? First of all, you should know that there are two subscription levels and different subscription prices for each level. The subscription fees are $9.99 or $24.99 for a calendar month of enjoying Twitch streams from the channel you’ve subscribed to. Once the payment is made, your subscription cycle begins, and you also access subscription benefits such as a subscriber badge, using emotes, ad-free viewing, etc. 

Twitch also has a Prime subscription alternative that lets you subscribe to an Affiliate or Partner channel for free. The platform offers a multi-month subscription, meaning that you can subscribe for 1, 3, 6, or more months in advance. In addition, Twitch has various payment options you can choose from, including credit/debit cards, Apple Pay, Twitch Gift Cards, bank transfers, etc. Once you complete your first payment, Twitch saves your chosen method for renewals and additional payments. If you want to change the method, you can access the Payment Management page and switch your active payment method. 

Now that you know all about subscriptions let’s see how much Twitch gets from subs. You’ll be surprised to hear that the platform earns 50% from each sub. So, one half of your monthly contributions go to the creator and the other half to Twitch. 

If you’re looking to build a career on this platform, don’t get disappointed. You get 50% of your actual subscription revenue, while Twitch gets the other half, and that might sound like a lot the first time you hear it. However, as you grow your channel, you’ll get more and more subscribers, and eventually, you’ll earn much more. In addition, the platform gets 30% from its best streamers instead of 50%, so that should be your motivation to work harder and create more engaging content.

How Much Money Do Streamers Make on Twitch?

Have you ever wondered how much your favorite streamer earns on the platform? This primarily depends on how many subs a streamer has and their earning tier. In other words, the more active subscriptions a creator has, the more they’ll earn. Before we get into detail, you should know that Twitch has two earning levels, Twitch Affiliates, and Twitch Partners. Each monthly subscription means money for creators of both levels. 

What are the other ways Affiliates and Partners earn? Affiliates can also increase their income with bit donations and by selling products. Did you know that there are donations on Twitch? Your viewers can purchase bits, then make donations to your channel. Bits are the official Twitch currency users have to buy with real money.

Partners on the platform have a few extra benefits compared to regular users and affiliates. They also earn through subscriptions and donations, but can also play ads during their streams. Ads are one of the most powerful ways to earn, especially if you collaborate with big brands. 

Small streamers with 50 to 100 subscribers earn an average of $500 per month. Large streamers make between $3000 and $5000 if they stream each day. These numbers don’t include ad revenue, which varies from streamer to streamer. 

How to Become Twitch Affiliate?

Not everyone who streams video games on Twitch can reach affiliate status. The platform has set eligibility criteria for who can become a part of their affiliate program and what conditions these creators must check before they earn benefits. 

Eligible creators are only the ones that:

  • Get at least 50 followers in the past 30 days
  • Average of a minimum of three concurrent viewers
  • A minimum of seven unique broadcast days
  • Stream at east 500 minutes

Once you check everything on the list, you can send an application. The platform takes time to respond, and if you’re eligible to be an affiliate, it will let you know via email. You should keep on streaming and get more subscribers on Twitch during this time. Although there is no specific wait time, Twitch usually gets back to you within two weeks. If you fulfill all the requirements, then the platform will let you know that you just upgraded to an affiliate. In other words, you can start making money from each subscriber, get donations from people, and sell your products. 

Once you start earning on the platform, you can choose a payout method such as check, direct deposit, PayPal, wire transfer, etc. You can expect the payout to be transferred 15 days after the end of the month during which you earned money. Depending on your bank, you might also wait for an extra few days for the settlement for payout. 


Before you decide to dive into streaming, you should know that Twitch gets 50% from each sub. Since there are two subscription options, $9.99 and $24.99, the platform will either earn $4.99 or $12.5 per subscriber. Although this sounds like the platform is getting too much, building a successful channel can be a lucrative earning opportunity. 
Twitch offers numerous benefits for subscribers, which can help you as a content creator attract a larger audience. Since the platform has all the common payment methods such as credit/debit cards, PayPal, and Apple Pay, it is straightforward for people to subscribe and support your work. In addition, Affiliates and Partners can receive donations from viewers. Finally, as the top earners, partners can also play ads during their streams and get additional income.

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