Twitch Affiliate Program FAQ

This FAQ addresses some of the common questions asked about the Affiliate Program.

Joining the Affiliate Program

What is the Affiliate Program?
The Twitch Affiliate program allows qualified streamers to monetize their channel. Being an Affiliate unlocks new tools to help you build your audience.
What are the requirements to join the Affiliate Program?
The requirements to join the Affiliate Program are:
  1. Reach 50 Followers.
  2. Stream for 8 hours.
  3. Stream on 7 different days.
  4. Have an average of 3 viewers.

To qualify for the Affiliate Program, you must simultaneously meet all four requirements over a 30-day period.

Achievement data can sometimes take 24-48 hours to sync with your dashboard data. Don't worry if follower count, average viewers, or hours streamed achievements don't update immediately!

I met the requirements. What's next?
Congrats! Within 24-48 of completing your final requirement, you should receive an invitation to apply to the program via email, and in your Creator Dashboard.
I’m under 18, can I still sign up?
Yes. Your parent or guardian will need to agree to the terms of the Monetized Streamer Agreement, so make sure you have them with you when you go through the application.
Do I need to stream 7 different categories to meet the ‘7 unique broadcast days’ achievement?
Nope! This requirement asks you to stream on 7 different days total.
How do I check my progress towards the Affiliate Program?
Check your progress towards the Affiliate Program by navigating to your Achievements Analytics. Once your channel qualifies to join the program, you'll be able to do so by clicking the button that appears on your Path to Affiliate achievement.
How do I complete my Affiliate Onboarding?
For a full overview on the Onboarding process, please see our Affiliate Onboarding Guide.
For further information on joining the Affiliate Program and the features the program offers, please see our help article.

Onboarding Questions

In which countries is the Affiliate program available?
The Affiliate program is available globally. This means you can apply for the Affiliate program no matter where you live.
Can I be a Partner and an Affiliate?
No.
What do I do if I decide to change my information after onboarding, such as my payout type or my address?
On the Affiliate Onboarding main menu, click Start Over. This will clear any information that you have in our system and set your payout method to Hold Payouts. You will need to complete the Affiliate Onboarding process again in order to enable monetization of your channel.
Cannot start the Affiliate onboarding flow? Or having trouble opening tax forms?
Try the following:

  1. Please disable any add-ons/extensions on your internet browser
  2. Please replicate the issue in an incognito window/private browsing mode while your browser extensions are disabled.
  3. If disabling your browser's extensions prove ineffective, please clear your browser's cache and cookies to improve loading. It is very important to clear both cache and cookies! You'll need to log into your accocunt again after clearing these.
  4. Please try a different browser entirely
  5. Please attempt these steps using a different network.

What monetization features do Affiliates have access to?
Affiliates can earn revenue from Hype Chat, Bits, Subscriptions, and Ads, with additional tools to follow in the coming months.

Revenue Questions

How is the subscription revenue I receive determined?
As explained in the Monetized Streamer Agreement, there are certain costs, taxes, and fees that must be accounted for before you receive subscription revenue. Before the 50/50 split between you and Twitch takes place, deductions are made from the full price of a subscription, including taxes, payment processing fees, bank fees, currency conversion fees, etc. After the split takes place, we still account for required tax withholding, which is reflected in the payout you ultimately see on your dashboard. Twitch does not set or control the rates or fees, and they vary from region to region and by each subscriber’s payment method.
For all other questions about your revenue and payout, please see our guide When Am I Getting Paid.
When will I get paid?

Starting July 2022, payout thresholds are being lowered from $100 to $50 for Affiliates. Learn more in $50 Minimum Payout Threshold.

The payout method you choose can impact the timing of your payout. In general, payouts are made 15 days after the end of the month of revenue being earned. For example, if you earn at least $50 with most payout methods or $100 with wire transfer on April 5th, the payout will be initiated 15 days after April 30th, which is May 15th. After the payout is initiated and depending upon the payout method, it may take several days for payouts to settle within your bank. Eligible payout methods for the $50 threshold include ACH/direct deposit, eCheck/local bank, PayPal, and check.

For details on payout timing, visit our help article When Do I Get Paid? for more details.

How come my payout keeps failing?
Ensure your payout information is valid. For PayPal, it is important both country information, real name and PayPal email account matches information provided to PayPal directly.

For answers on rejected payouts, visit the Rejected Payout FAQ.

Are there any payout threshold settings?
Your channel must accrue at least $50 with most payout methods or $100 with wire transfer before each payout is eligible to be initialized.
Why am I seeing a reduction in my payout?
This could be a result of how your tax interview questionnaire was filled out. Please go back to the tax form to ensure all information is filled out properly.

For questions on your payout balance, visit Payout Balance FAQ.

When do I get paid by Twitch?
Your channel must accrue at least $50 with most payout methods or $100 with wire transfer before each payout is eligible to be initialized.

Payouts are made 15 days after the end of the month of revenue being earned. For example, if you earn at least $50 with most payout methods or $100 with wire transfer on April 5th, the payout will be initiated 15 days after April 30th, which is May 15th. After the payout is initiated and depending upon the payout method, it may take several days for payouts to settle within your bank. Eligible payout methods for the $50 threshold include ACH/direct deposit, eCheck/local bank, PayPal, and check.

Learn more in our guide When Am I Getting Paid.

Why do I see my ad revenue fluctuate from month to month even though I have the same number of viewers?
Demand from advertisers fluctuate over time, this fluctuation may result in a variation in your ad revenue earnings as a result.
I ran an ad break, why isn’t it showing up in my Earnings Analytics page?
Ad revenue you earn from ads typically shows up in your Earnings Analytics page after 2-3 days. Click here to visit your Earnings Analytics.
What is CPM?
CPM (Cost Per Mille) is an industry standard term that refers to an amount paid for one thousand views of an advertisement.

** Table effective date: 2022/09/28 (yyyy/mm/dd).

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