After a confidential email sent out to Twitch partners was leaked, it seems Twitch has had no choice but to officially announce the information via a post on their blog. For those who might not be aware, Twitch will be releasing two brand new “tiers” of channel subscriptions.
Once the beta is launched, viewers will have the option to pay a higher price when subscribing to select partnered Twitch channels. According to the aforementioned blog post, the beta will be rolling out “very soon” so keep an eye on your favorite partners. Along with the current $4.99 USD subscription, there will be a $9.99 and $24.99 option. Each higher tier comes with bonuses including ad-free viewing, new sub badges, and new channel emotes.
If the replies to Twitch’s tweet are any indication, there is definitely a bit of a mixed reception on this news. Some comments seem to be pretty excited for the new subscription options while others are suggesting viewers simply donate to their favorite channels. Currently, partnered streams earn half of each $4.99 subscription that is paid to them, whilst Twitch gets the other half. This is leaving many partnered streamers to wonder what percentage of these higher tiers Twitch will be taking.
As stated above, these new subscriptions will also provide benefits to those paying for them, including an ad-free viewing experience and the possibility of new emotes is certainly exciting for many regular Twitch viewers. It has also been said that the higher tier subscriptions count as either two or six subscription each, which will help partnered channels reach sub goals much quicker. The more subs a channel has, the more emotes Twitch allows them to have.
This news is certainly stirring up a lot of conversation between viewers and streamers. As a partnered streamer myself, I am trying to reserve judgement until I see this beta in action. Will you be using the new tiers for subscriptions? Let us know in the comments section below.