You are probably familiar with the Amazon Prime option that has shopping benefits along with access to music and video streaming, but what on earth is Twitch Prime? As you may know, Amazon bought Twitch in 2014 and spread Prime option across the brands.
What is Twitch Prime?
If you are not an Amazon Prime subscriber yet, then you will need to become one in order to activate Twitch Prime, as it’s just one of the many benefits you get from joining the main Amazon Prime scheme, with exclusive perks for anyone who links their Twitch and Amazon accounts.
Assuming you’re an Amazon Prime subscriber, you can try both Twitch and Amazon Prime together free for 30 days to get a feel for it. Once you’re signed up head on over to twitch.amazon.com where you’ll be able to link your accounts.
You get one free subscription every 30-days to use to support your favorite streamers. They get financial benefits; you don’t have to pay. When you go to click subscribe on their page you’ll be shown the option to use your free subscription while you have it. Once it’s gone, you’ll be reminded, and then it’ll come back 30-days later for you to spend again.
Twitch Prime subscriptions don’t auto-renew as regular subscriptions do, so you’ll need to remember to use it every month.
Twitch Prime is available everywhere globally except for China, India and “embargoed territories.” In countries where Amazon Prime is supported (U.S., Mexico, Canada, Italy, France, Germany, Belgium, Austria, Spain, Japan, Netherlands, Luxembourg, Singapore or the United Kingdom) you have to have Amazon Prime to also have Twitch Prime.
If you’re not in one of the countries listed above, you can sign up for Twitch Prime with a Prime Video subscription. Whichever way you play it, though, you have to have Amazon Prime something.
If you’ve been paying for Twitch Turbo, you should cancel it immediately if you activate Twitch Prime. The benefits of Turbo are folded into Prime, you just get a different banner on your page. If you’ve been paying for both, Amazon will refund your recent Turbo payments for a limited time by opening a support ticket.
Twitch Prime benefits:
- Free Twitch channel subscription every 30 days to support your favorite streamers.
- Member access to free game content.
- Exclusive member savings on physical games from Amazon.
- Exclusive emoticons.
- Expanded chat color options.
- Member-Only Prime Chat Badge.
- Free in-game content through partner relationships.
- Free monthly games.
How Much Do Streamers Get from Twitch Prime Subs?
A new streamer who has just become a Twitch partner will get 50% of a $5 sub, so $2.50. They will also get the same rate for every prime sub they get. Since Amazon is a huge company that has publically revealed there are over 100 million Amazon Prime users, it’s most likely that 1 in 5 viewers will either have Amazon Prime account or know somebody that does.
As you already know, Prime sub is not auto-renewed. It means that after 30 days of the paid plan, the viewer will have a free 30-day subscription. If they want to use it on the same streamer they can, but they have to resubscribe.
The reason I’m mentioning this is that it can be used to your advantage if you’re a streamer. Often, people will forget their subscription has run out so they will be watching a broadcaster not knowing they have a free subscription. This is why casters will often remind people that can subscribe for free with Twitch prime! They know that people will often have a free sub available and the chances are if they’re watching the stream, they might just use it on them.
On average, pro-streamers can make between $3,000 to $5,000 per month playing 40 hours a week, just from the Prime Sub option. That number doesn’t include ad revenue, which averages about $250 per 100 subscribers.
While nobody says exactly what they make, it’s rumored that some of the biggest influencers are making over $300,000 per year playing video games. If Piper Jaffray’s estimates are right, streamers like Probly_Ovr_9000 and GuardianOutpost can continue to grow—and the numbers could be huge.
How much do Twitch Streamers Make Per Prime Sub?
Does twitch prime sub give money to partners? Paying for the membership itself does nothing for the broadcasters. However, subscribing to a specific streamer with a prime sub gives whatever normal rate the broadcaster has enabled in their contract for a normal subscription.
As it was mentioned above, “Twitch Prime” viewers pay $5/month. For regular streamers, 50 percent of this subscription revenue goes to Twitch, and the caster keeps the other half. Top tier influencers, who have more than 10,000 subscribers, get to keep 70 percent of their subscription revenue. Some quick math revealed that top streamer Ninja, who has 121,000 subscribers, makes $423,500 a month from subscribers alone. Wang’s 4,000 subscribers earn him around $14,000 a month.
Advantages of Twitch Prime Sub for Streamers
A Prime subscription is an additional way for Twitch Partners to receive subscription revenue from their viewers.
Every Twitch Prime member will receive a channel subscription at no additional cost to give to the Twitch Partner of their choice every month; this option is visible when they click the Subscribe button on a Partnered channel. And while Twitch Prime is available to viewers in the US, Canada, Italy, France, Germany, Spain, and the UK, all Partners, regardless of where they live, will be paid for Prime subscriptions to their channel in the same manner as for regular subscriptions. The revenue share remains the same for Prime subscriptions as it is for normal subscriptions.
As a partner, you can definitely make money from twitch prime. As a viewer, the prime sub will give you access to a number of handy benefits like free game content, exclusive emoticons, and free monthly games. You will also get a chance to use your free channel subscription to support your favorite streamer. And it costs only $5 a month. Sounds like a good deal.