What is Twitch and what do I do with it?

Twitch is a website where you can make your own channel and broadcast content LIVE. What started out as a platform for mostly gameplay streams, twitch has added a LOT of creative categories and is not only focussing on gaming anymore. The IRL (In Real Life) section is getting bigger and bigger and so many people are broadcasting very – and I mean VERY – random content. Examples? Talk show, music & performance arts and travel & outdoors. Just to name a few.

So what do I do on Twitch? Well, I started as a game streamer as well but that changed when my viewers enlighted me about the possibilities of twitch. I started to see it as a platform where I bring the viewers with me in my life story. For example. I work at festivals and show people around. I have a morning Talk show called ‘Coffee Talk’ where we discuss how blue this Monday actually is, get into technical stuff about streaming or talk about what’s new in the life of Luminous Nova. (I have too many – correct – SO many projects, I love working on them all!) Last but not least I have one day of my streams devoted to ‘Music & Performance arts’. Here I work on my newest video’s, do some hula hoop dance practice to show the new moves (or fail at some tutorials) and I practice my face painting skills or sewing techniques. Whatever clip or production I’m making, I’m showing you the progress on that day!

Do I make money with this?

Yes. Twitch has the affiliation program for steamers with a few minimum requirements in followers and average views. (50 follows, 3 average viewers) It’s a low standard which allows you to get a subscribe button on the channel and viewers get the ability to cheer. ‘Cheering’ is a digital emote called a BIT. These bits you buy on twitch and for every BIT used in your channels chat you get 1 cent ($) in your account. As you can imagine it might take a while for a pay out. Depending on your audience and how deep their pockets are of course.

The ‘Subscribe’ button has 3 options for your viewers to choose. 5$ – 10$ or 25$ subscription will get you a month of ad free watching (twitch shows one ad before you get to see the stream) and it unlocks special emotes that the streamer gets to put in herself. For 5$ you only unlock the Tier 1 emote, 10$ gives you the Tier 1 & 2 emote and yea the 3rd gives you all 3 emotes.

The streamer gets HALF of this money. The emotes you unlock are available to use in EVERY chat on twitch.

To show off you are a subscriber, Twitch also has SUB badges for affiliate streamers. Mine are a fancy version of my name N O V A.

The N you get when you subscribe for the first time. This will show up before your username in the chat. The rest unlocks when you subscribe for more months.

O – 3 months

V – 6 months

A – 1 year

These badges basically show your longest fans and I am very proud to say I have one viewer who unlocked the A badge already (besides me, yes).

I guess this is the basics of Twitch streaming and earning. I started in January 2017 and had the needed ups and downs. Now I stream 3 times ( +/- 12-20 hours) a week and still trying to balance it out with my social life and work. Below you can find a compilation of my start to streaming to the end of 2018. It gives you an overview in just 4 minutes and 20 seconds.

Thinking about streaming but have no clue where to start? Hit me up with a message and I would love to share my knowledge about it with you. Are you just in it for the money? Let me give you some advice up front then. Getting enough revenue on a monthly basis from streaming to support yourself takes years, not months. Unless you’re willing to show a lot of cleavage and whisper in the microphone a lot. It all depends on who you want your audience to be. The content you put out attracts people that like that content so in a sense are like minded as you.

The best thing about streaming is the fact you build up a community of people around you that not only support you but also hang out, play games, give tips or are just there to watch whatever you do. They also become a part of your life and you get to meet a lot of people all over the world. I have an immense passion for streaming and I only want to build it out more. It’s a tough cookie to crumble tho because the possibilities are unlimited. The more you put in, the more comes out. This is why I offer my help if you want it and for the rest I just wanted to share this story with you.

Thank you for reading this and I hope you understand Twitch a little bit more plus my passion for streaming.

Nova

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