If you’re a streamer on Twitch and you want to make some money off your efforts, either you’ll have to be one of Twitch’s partnered creators, or  you’ll have to rely on donations from your audience which may or may not be the most reliable form of income. However that could change with the launch of the Twitch Affiliate Program.

According to the announcement on Twitch’s blog, “The program allows eligible streamers to start earning income on Twitch while building their audience, and provides a stepping stone to bridge the gap between emerging streamer and Twitch Partner.” The program has yet to go live but Twitch expects that it should be soon. Also for those who are interested, it seems that only streamers who qualify will be invited to sign up.

In order to qualify, streamers will need to have logged at least 500 total minutes in broadcast time in the past 30 days, 7 unique broadcast days in the past 30 days, an average of 3 concurrent viewers or more in the past 30 days, and at least 50 followers. If you are qualified then Twitch will be notifying users via email.

Will this have the potential to allow streamers to make more money from competing platforms like YouTube or YouTube Gaming remains to be seen, but if you do stream regularly on Twitch then it could be worth looking forward to.

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