Twitch seems committed to providing a good platform for creators to create and for fans to watch and support their favorite streamers. With the recent partnership between Amazon and Twitch, simply having an Amazon Prime subscription (Which a lot of people have at this point due to the huge savings and expediency boosts with shipping) allows you to support one of your favorite streamers. Twitch hasn’t released any numbers on the amount of Twitch Prime members, but there’s no doubt that streamers are enjoying some subscriptions that they wouldn’t have had otherwise. In a recent email to select partners, Twitch revealed a new system of subscription “tiers” that allow fans to easily provide more monetary support for their favorite partners.
This excerpt from an email posted on the neoGAF forums gives us a few more details on what exactly we can expect from the new service.
“Later this month, your community will have the choice of subscribing to your channel with two new options: $9.99 and $24.99. These new subscriptions are part of our constant push to improve your experience and help make it easier to earn a steady income on Twitch. We’re offering extensive first-party support to help make new subscriptions better for your community. Any viewer purchasing any first-time sub will now be able to send a custom message. You’ll also be able to offer coveted exclusive emotes for higher-priced subscriptions, which let fans show off their commitment to your channel. Finally, you’ll have access to more data to power the tools and overlays you use to reward your subscribers.”
So it looks like a $9.99 and $24.99 subscription option will soon be available with your favorite streamers. While these tiers will likely not offer any real benefits beyond the standard $5 dollar tier, it makes it easier to consistently provide greater support to the entertainers you like the best.
I know I personally will probably not take advantage of these options, and it remains to be seen how many people will actually opt for a more expensive option with no real additional benefits. Still, there are people that dump a lot of money into supporting Twitch streamers and this option for a higher and regular monthly payment may appeal more to them.
Of course, with subscriptions, Twitch takes a 50% cut of the profits so if you really want your donation to go straight to the streamer you may be better off making a donation rather than subscribing.
There’s no word on when these subscription tiers will go live, but it should be rolling out soon given the wording of the email. Will you guys be purchasing the higher tiers? Let us know in the comments below.