As you grow your community on Twitch you’ll unlock benefits that can incentivize your viewers to support you. After you become an affiliate or partner on Twitch, you’ll unlock a wide variety of perks. From custom emotes, sub-badges, to ad-free viewing, there are a ton of extra-goodies you can give to your community to encourage them to hit that subscribe button. 

Subscriber-only streams are one of those benefits that give your audience an extra layer of engaging content to connect with you on a more personal level. In this article, we’ll explain the requirements it takes to unlock subscriber-only streams, the rules, and how to start one.

How to Unlock Subscriber-Only Streams

To start a subscriber-only stream on Twitch you’ll have to be an affiliate or partner. If you’re looking for tips to help you become a Twitch affiliate, lucky for you, we’ve got a handy guide right here

The requirements to become a Twitch affiliate are as follows:

  1. Reach 50 Followers.
  2. Stream for 8 hours.
  3. Stream on 7 different days.
  4. Have an average of 3 viewers.

Please note, all affiliate requirements must be completed in 30 calendar days.

If you’re looking for even more tips to help you become a Twitch affiliate, our friends over at StreamScheme also have a guide to help you get there. If you’re interested in learning more, you can check it out right here.

Even after you become an affiliate or partner, Twitch has implemented a couple more requirements you’ll need to meet before you can start your subscriber-only stream. 

  • Must have broadcast at least 90 unique days as Affiliate or Partner
  • Must not have violated Twitch Community Guidelines in your last 90 unique broadcast days. This means that if your channel received a suspension, you would need to broadcast on 90 different days without another violation to be eligible again.

Rules to Broadcast a Subscriber-only Stream

Remember, just because your only streaming to subscribers, Twitch’s community guidelines still apply! A subscriber-only stream is not a pass to break Twitch’s Terms of Service. Please review these carefully and understand what kind of content is acceptable to broadcast on the platform.

How to Start a Subscriber-only Stream on Twitch

If you meet the guidelines, an option will appear to change the Audience you can broadcast to. To do this, visit your Broadcaster Dashboard and follow these steps:

  1. Go to your Broadcaster Dashboard.
  2. Select Subscribers under the Audience section of your Stream Information tab.
  3. Moderators and VIPs are able to view Subscriber Streams by default. If you wish to remove their access, uncheck their respective checkboxes in the Audience section.
  4. Begin your stream.

If you are already live and wish to change your stream to subscriber-only, you will need to end the stream, change the audience, and restart your broadcast.


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