A Twitch subscription is a monthly payment of $4.99 that can be made with a streamer of your preference. This subscription will give you access to extra benefits and help you support the streamer. But why should you subscribe on Twitch? What is the point of it all and will it be worth it?
In this article, we’ll take a deeper look into what subscribing on Twitch really means, and when/if it is really worth your hard-earned money.
Should you subscribe to your favorite Twitch streamer?
So you like a Twitch streamer, and you watch them just about every time they go live, should you subscribe to them? Willl it be worth it?
This depends entirely on what you consider the subscription to be worth to you.
Benefits of subscribing on Twitch
- You won’t get advertisements on the channel you subbed to
- You get subscriber-only emotes that you can use in chat
- You get a subscriber badge
- You can get access to subscriber-only chats and subscriber-only streams
Sometimes, streamers will give additional benefits to a subscriber as well.
If you think about it, a subscription, which costs $4.99 per month, is nothing more than an entertainment expense. Just like how you might pay a monthly fee for Netflix or Spotify.
If you watch a particular streamer almost daily, paying $4.99 is absolutely worth it to skip the advertisements. The sub badge in the chat is cool too, which will only start looking better the longer you retain your subscription. (streamers have additional sub badges for 5-month, 1-year subscribers, and so on)
If you love spamming the chat of your favorite streamer, having a sub badge and use subscriber-only emotes will make you stand out a lot more. Additionally, you’ll still be able to talk in the chat whenever the streamer turns on sub-only mode which is commonly done when the stream gets too hectic.
3 reasons why you should subscribe on Twitch
- You watch them almost daily and would benefit from advertisements
- You love talking in the live chat and want to stand out
- You want to support the streamer
Now let’s talk about the last bit. Many people subscribe to streamers, simply because they want to support them. By supporting a streamer through a subscription, you are not only helping them out financially, but you are also indirectly providing yourself with enhanced entertainment.
Think about it, the money from your subscription could go into new equipment to improve the quality of the stream you love to watch. Additionally, it could increase the amount of entertainment you receive in general.
Someone who is able to stream full-time can stream a lot more than a streamer who has a full-time or part-time job.
When to support a streamer
There is a wild difference in the amount of money Twitch streamers make. In a separate article, where we calculated how much streamers make on Twitch, we conclude the following:
- Small streamers make anywhere between $50 to $1500 per month
- Medium/big streamers make $5000 to $30000 per month
- Top-tier streamers make anywhere from $100k to $200k per month
Clearly, not every type of streamer needs your subscription. A streamer like xQc who makes hundreds of thousands of dollars per month from Twitch, doesn’t need you to support them.
But small streamers with 25, 50, 100, 200 average viewers could use every little bit of support they can get.
Think about that while you’re consuming content on Twitch. If you watch two streamers, one big and one smaller streamer, you should subscribe to the smaller streamer.
Is subscribing on Twitch worth it?
If you actively watch a streamer on a day-to-day basis and love to communicate in chat, subscribing is totally worth it. Especially if the streamer is a smaller streamer who could benefit financially from your subscription.
However, if you go into a subscription thinking it will give you any real benefits beyond that, you shouldn’t do it. I’d also like to point out that subscribing simply to hear the streamer say your nickname, might lead to disappointment if they end up forgetting you.
(Some bigger streamers also simply don’t look at their new subscribers)
Frequently Asked Questions
What is the point of subscribing on Twitch?
The point of subscribing on Twitch is to help support the streamer. In return, you wil receive certain benefits such as ad-free watching, a sub badge and subscriber-only emotes.
Is subscribing free on Twitch?
No subscribing on Twitch is not free. Only following on Twitch is free. However, if you have an Amazon Prime account, you can get one free subscription every month.
Who should I use my Amazon Prime subscription on?
You can use your Amazon Prime subscription on any streamer you enjoy watching. If you have smaller streamers that you like to watch, you should them your Amazon Prime sub as they will benefit the most from it.
How much money will the streamer receive from my subscription?
From a regular tier 1 subscription, the streamer will receive 50% or $2.50 in total. From tier 2 and tier 3 subscriptions they will receive $4.99 and $12.50 respectively.
Top-tier streamers such as xQc and NickMercs get to keep 70% or $3.50 per subscriber.
Do streamers prefer donations or subscribers?
Most streamers prefer subscriptions over donations. After all, a subscription, being a monthly payment, is more of a commitment than a donation.
What is a gifted sub?
A gifted sub is a subscription that you can gift to a random viewer. Gifted subs cost the same as regular subscriptions and are often bought in bulk to help out streamers and their viewers.
How can I cancel my subscription / How can I unsubscribe on Twitch?
You can easily cancel a subscription by going over to the subscriptions page of your Twitch account and tell the subscription to not renew into the following month.