What is Twitch, and how does it work?
Twitch is a live streaming platform where mostly gamers stream their games while viewers can watch, chat and give tips. Think of it as a mixture between Youtube and Netflix but without the subscription fee (it’s free). The audience gets to choose which game they want to see and gives them suggestions on what games to play next. Many streamers also do giveaways and charity events. The most famous Twitch streamers have over a million viewers watching them play games every day.
Top 10 ways to make money on Twitch:
1. Donations from viewers
Although not as popular as it once was, this is one of the easiest ways for an individual or group to earn money on Twitch by playing games online. Twitch gives you the option to add a donation button underneath your live stream, which allows viewers to tip whatever amount they choose. Some people may say that if someone is streaming on Twitch, it should be for fun, and any money made should go towards the game cost (which is why Ninja bought his own custom-built PC). However, many streamers spend a lot of their own money creating a better environment for their viewers, and that cost should be recuperated in some way.
Twitch subscribers will see that their favorite Twitch streamers have the option to offer them a monthly subscription in return for certain benefits. For example, you could get a unique chat badge, access to exclusive chatrooms, and even free games.
3. Advertisements or sponsorships
Many of the most popular streamers on Twitch are approached by gaming companies to promote their games. If you have a large enough audience and can provide a significant amount of viewers to their games, then they might be willing to pay you for your influence. Some streamers also make money by advertising websites or products on their stream.
4. Sell merchandise
As popular as Twitch is becoming, some people may want more than just the experience of watching them play games live. Many streamers on Twitch have the option to sell their own merchandise, whether it’s t-shirts, artwork, or anything else you can design.
Although not as popular as donations on Twitch, some people are creating Patreon accounts that allow fans to contribute monthly payments for special rewards. This is also a great way to make money if you want to live stream regularly.
6. Become an affiliate marketer
Twitch has its terms of service for people who are looking to advertise products publicly on the site. Still, you can also become an affiliate marketer or search for further opportunities elsewhere if you aren’t quite ready to be part of Twitch yet. This allows you to advertise products that you use or believe in and then link back to the website of the person who is offering them. Not only do you make money every time someone buys something after clicking your affiliate code, but some companies also give you a percentage of their revenue for referrals.
7. Sell gameplays
Although it may not be quite as popular as other streams on Twitch, some people make a significant amount of money from simply selling gameplays. This form of streaming hasn’t grown in popularity because it’s hard to build an audience if you only broadcast one or two times a month. If you can get a loyal following, then this approach could work very well for you.
8. Use external services
With the rise of Twitch, there are plenty of ways to make money online that were simply nonexistent before. Some people have even joined programs like You can use this site to sign up with Amazon Associates and then advertise their products on your own stream. This is very effective if you have enough traffic going to your Twitch channel.
9. Sell in-game gear or accounts
Although not as popular, some streamers have found a way to sell in-game items for real money. This is becoming more common on video streaming sites like YouTube and Twitch, but you must make sure that it is allowed by the terms of service in the game.
10. Sell gaming gear
If you have ever watched a streamer with special equipment, you already know how much it can improve your viewing experience. Some people are selling their old equipment online or will allow viewers to “sponsor” them in exchange for their own gear. There are also options for those who want to sell their accounts with rare items on them.
Every day, more and more people from around the world are looking to make money on Twitch. While streaming can be a lot of fun, it is always good to have a couple of different ways to make money from doing it. If you can use one or more of these ten options, then you could be well on your way to getting even more viewers and making a full-time income from streaming alone.
You don’t need any special skills or equipment to make money on Twitch, but you will need to be part of their partner system if you want to make big money. This means that you should take your time and try to get more viewers on your channel before monetizing it.