Let’s Talk About Becoming a Twitch Affiliate
The road to Twitch Affiliate is a pretty straightforward one. Affiliate status, unlike partnership, is an automatic process. Once you hit the achievements, you’ll be offered the role. Looking for some more information on the affiliate achievements? Read on for our take on them.
What’s entirely in your control:
500 total minutes broadcast in the last 30 days, 7 unique broadcast days in the last 30 days.
This is pretty simple to get done. Even if you’re only streaming for those 7 days, if each stream is at least 72 minutes, you’ll hit them both. Most streamers keep their streams at least a few hours, 3-4 days a week. While grinding out those two achievements, keep in mind that consistency, and availability will play a big role in the other two achievements needed to achieve Twitch Affiliate.
What isn’t entirely in your control:
Have at least 50 followers
When you start a Twitch channel, it’s usually a good idea to let your friends know, to announce it on your social media, and any other avenues you may have. Let the people you already know get the ball rolling for new followers. After that, you’ll have to rely on your stream, and networking to meet new people in order to reach Twitch Affiliate. 50 followers may seem like a lot at first. With a little bit of work, it’s easy to attain.
Have an average of 3 concurrent viewers in the last 30 days:
This will often be the most difficult for new broadcasters. Keeping at least 3 people watching your content live most of the time can be difficult. This is especially hard when you’re still figuring out what you want to do with your stream. There are a multitude of factors that you need to consider when looking to attract viewers. The game you play, the time you stream, as well as your assets in stream (overlays, audio, camera) will impact your ability to appeal to, and keep new viewers. Stay out of popular game directories if you’re still starting out. It becomes almost impossible to find small streams under the established, popular streamers.
Your overall quality is one of, if not the most important aspect of your stream. Do a few test streams, or record with your software. Listen closely to the audio. Keep yourself above the game, but not blown out when you get loud. If there’s screen tearing, lower the quality of the game. If you’re dropping frames, adjust your bitrate, or try using a different ingest server.
In conclusion, hitting the milestones to achieve Twitch Affiliate may seem daunting. With some work, they’re well within your grasp. As you get more comfortable with your stream, you might want to look into further ways to develop your channel or brand. Feel free to reach out to us here, if you’d like advice!