How to Make Money Streaming on Twitch

The best Twitch streamers make a living through a combination of small payments called video ads, paid subscriptions, donations, and affiliate marketing.

If you look at any Twitch influencer’s channel, you will see a variety of ads, affiliate sales, and sponsorships.

Many of the top streamers supplement their Twitch income by what they earn from professional gaming, with a combination of prize and sponsorship money.

Twitch Subscriptions

Twitch Subscriptions are loved by streamers because they provide a recurring income.

Streamers can add monthly subscriptions to their channel for $US4.99. The money they collect is split 50/50 between the streamer and Twitch.

A few of the more powerful Twitch influencers have negotiated a better deal with Twitch, where they receive more than 50% as an incentive to keep them on Twitch.

Video Ads

If you are a Twitch Partner, you can choose to run ads on your steam. Twitch gives you a high degree of flexibility.

You can select how often you want ads to run as long as you have at least eight minutes between commercials, as well as they are between 30 seconds and 3 minutes

You share advertising revenue with Twitch, and the more they receive, the more they pay you.


You can collect donations both directly on Twitch and through a third party website, such as Patreon.

Twitch does not directly support donations, so you need to set up your own link using PayPal or something similar.

If you want to request donations from a site such as Patreon you need to go there first and create a profile. You can link to your Patreon profile from Twitch, as well as your social media accounts.

Affiliate Links

Many people earn income online as a result of joining various affiliate programs

Twitch gamers can sign up to an affiliate network, making a percentage of any money your followers spend on the company’s products.

Twitch is, of course, a product of Amazon, and Amazon has the best-known affiliate program in the world.


Without any doubt, Twitch corners a very specific market; video games are a niche area of interest.

Other types of creators are also joining Twitch proving that making money online has never been easier than ever.

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