Gifted subs on Twitch – what are they and how does it work?

Last Updated on 05/19/2021 by Dean

Have you received a gifted sub and don’t know what it means? Or maybe you’ve heard about it and want to know more?

This article will tell you everything you need to know about gifted subs on Twitch.

What is a gifted sub?

A gifted sub is, as the name suggests, a subscription that is gifted by someone. As a recipient of a gifted sub, you will have all the benefits of a regular subscriber for the next 30 days. Once the 30 days are over, you will automatically lose your subscription.

During the time you were awarded a gifted sub you will gain access to:

  • Sub badge in chat
  • Subscriber-only emotes
  • Ad-free experience
  • Access to subscriber-only chat and subscriber-only streams

How do I know I have been gifted a sub?

Once you have been gifted a sub, you will receive a notification as follows:

receiving a gifted sub on Twitch

Stating which user (unless they chose to remain anonymous) decided to give you a sub.

How can I gift a sub?

You can gift a sub to someone in 3 steps.

Step 1: Click on the sub button

Underneath the Twitch stream of the person you wish to gift subs to, click on the button that says ‘subscribe’.

how to gift a sub on twitch
how to gift a sub on twitch

A popup window will appear which displays all the subscriber benefits and gives you options to select between a tier 1, tier 2 and tier 3 subscription.

In order to gift a sub, click on the ‘gift’ button next to the purple ‘subscribe button’.

Step 2: Select how many subs you want to gift

In the next window, you will be able to select however many subs you wish to gift.

You can also choose between tier 1, tier 2 and tier 3 subscriptions.

If you wish to gift anonymously, check the appropriate box.

how to gift a sub on twitch

Step 3: Pay for the gifted sub(s)!

how to gift a sub on twitch

Now all you have to do is pay for the gifted sub through either Paypal or a credit card.

These subs will be gifted to a random person that is currently watching the stream.

Are gifted subs random…?

It depends. As a gifter, you can pick individual people and gift them a sub. But for the most part, gifted subs are random.

For example, if you see the popup ‘Ludwig has gifted 100 subs’, those 100 gifted subs will be divided, randomly, among the current viewers of the livestream.

How to gift a sub to viewer of your choice

If you gift a sub using the method we have stated above, the gifted subs will be delivered to random viewers.

If you however, wish to CHOOSE who you want to gift a sub to, you can do so by right-clicking their name in the Twitch chat.

This will pop-up a window as follows:

how to gift a sub to someone

Now you can just press the ‘Gift a Sub’ button and pay for the sub!

How can I receive a gifted sub?

Since gifted subs are mostly random, you will have to patiently wait and watch a streamer and hope you get lucky.

Big streamers often get gifted subs while they are on stream, but since thousands and thousands of people are watching, you have to be quite lucky to randomly receive one.

One surefire way to increase your chances of getting a gifted sub is by actively talking in the Twitch chat. While this won’t increase your chances of getting a randomly gifted sub, it does give you more exposure and could potentially lead to someone gifting you a sub simply because they like you.

How much is 1 gifted sub on Twitch?

Just like regular subs, every gifted sub costs $4.99. Of course, there are also Tier 2 and tier 3 subs which cost $9.99 and $24.99 respectively. Although, tier 2 and tier 3 gifted subs are extremely rare.

How much are 50 gifted subs on Twitch?

Since every gifted sub is $4.99, 50 gifted subs will cost the gifter $249.50.

How much are 100 gifted subs on Twitch?

Since every gifted sub is $4.99, 100 gifted subs will cost you $499.

Additionally, 100 gifted tier 2 subs would cost $999 and 100 gifted tier 3 subs would cost $2499.

How much do Twitch streamers receive per gifted sub?

A regular Twitch affiliate or partner will receive 50% of their earnings from a gifted sub. So for a tier 1 gifted sub, they would receive $2.50. Potentially, they could earn $4.99 from a gifted tier 2 sub and 12.50 from a gifted tier 3 sub.

Top-tier Twitch partners with over 10,000 consecutive viewers receive 70% of their earnings from each gifted sub. So these type of streamers (think about xQc and NickMercs) would receive $3.50 from a gifted tier 1 sub.

If you wish, you can continue reading about how much Twitch streamers make.

Some more Frequently Asked Questions

Will I have to pay if my gifted sub expires?

No, once your gifted sub expires you won’t be charged for the next month. Your gifted sub will automatically expire. You can of course choose to pay and renew your subscription but this is not necessary.

Can I anonymously gift a sub?

Yes you can anonymously gift a sub. Once you gift the sub, there will be a checkbox that reads ‘gift anonymously’ check that and no one will ever know where the gifted sub came from.

Can I gift away my Twitch prime sub?

No, your Twitch prime sub can only be used by yourself and cannot be gifted to someone else.

Can I gift away my gifted sub?

No you cannot re-gift your gifted sub to someone else.

How long does a gifted sub last?

Gifted subs receive subscriber benefits for a 30 day period, after which, the sub expires and can be manually renewed.

Can you gift a tier 2 or tier 3 sub?

Yes, when gifting a sub on Twitch, you can pick and choose between tier 1, tier 2 and tier 3 subs.

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