Kick, a new dynamic streaming platform in beta mode, was created to foster a vibrant and diverse global online community. As a newcomer in the streaming industry, Kick has garnered significant attention as a promising platform for streamers to expand their reach, especially amidst uncertainties and changes arising from established and well-known streaming platforms. Additionally, the platform has claimed to be the most creator-friendly streaming platform regarding revenue splits. In this article, we will give an overview of the platform and some things to note if you're considering streaming on Kick.
Note: Streamlabs is currently exploring an integration with Kick.com to help streamline the go-live experience for creators on their website. However, it is still possible to stream on Kick using Streamlabs by following the steps in our how-to-stream on Kick guide.
Additionally, Streamlabs Cross Clip supports Kick clips! Now, it's easier than ever to convert your greatest Kick moments into viral-worthy short-form content. Keep reading to learn more about the Kick streaming platform.
User Safety and Community Guidelines
Kick states that they prioritize user safety and community well-being. The platform aims to ensure a positive and respectful environment by defining acceptable behavior. Below is a snapshot of Kick's Community Guidelines, which align with other streaming platforms.
- Prohibited activities and content include harmful, offensive, or illegal behavior.
- Encouragement of fraud, harassment, privacy invasion, or emotional distress is not allowed.
- Impersonation, defamation, spam, and dissemination of harmful misinformation are prohibited.
- Violence, hate speech, and abuse of platform resources are not tolerated.
- Attempts to circumvent or evade Kick's terms and guidelines are not permitted.
- Transmitting, performing, or displaying copyrighted material without authorization is strictly prohibited.
Sexually Explicit Content:
- Sexually suggestive content, including gestures, clothing, commentary, and explicit viewing, is prohibited.
- Kick reserves the right to change or suspend usernames that violate guidelines, such as impersonation or hate speech.
- Gambling activities with other users, including sweepstakes and lotteries, are strictly prohibited on Kick. However, gambling games are allowed (subjected to your local regulations).
Mature Audience (18+):
- Mature or NSFW content must be appropriately tagged as 18+.
- Accurate labeling of streams and content is required.
- Titles, tags, and profile content must not include hate speech, profanity, trademark violations, or bullying of other creators.
- Kick may enforce guidelines by changing content labels, muting accounts, removing privileges, and taking disciplinary measures against violators.
Similarities to Established Platforms
Kick shares several features with well-known streaming platforms such as Twitch, YouTube Live, and Facebook Live. Users can subscribe to their favorite creators' channels, send tips to support them, and stream in high-definition (currently supports up to 8000 kbps). Familiar features like channel panels, clip uploading, moderation capabilities, earning badges, and using emotes are also available for enhancing the streaming experience on Kick.
How Is Kick Different From Twitch?
For starters, Kick has a much smaller user base than Twitch. In early 2023, Kick celebrated hitting 1 million users, while Twitch was reported to have about 140 million monthly active users at that time. Additionally, while Just Chatting is the number one streamed category on Twitch at the time of this writing, followed by games such as Diablo IV and Valorant, the number one category on Kick is Slots & Casino, followed by Just Chatting, and games such as Call of Duty, Grand Theft Auto, and Fortnite.
How to Get Affiliate Status on Kick
Similarly to Twitch, Kick's Creator Dashboard walks you through the steps to becoming an affiliate on the platform. To become an affiliate, one must gather 75 followers and stream for 5 hours (compared to Twitch's more robust requirements, which include 50 followers, 500 minutes/~8 hours broadcast time, seven unique broadcast days, and three concurrent viewers or more, all within the last 30 days).
Kick also sets criteria for account verification. Users must have a confirmed phone number on file and enable two-factor authentication (2FA). These measures protect users' privacy and adhere to the platform's security standards. Hit the following milestones to become verified on Kick.
To monetize their channel, creators must accumulate 20 subscribers in the last 30 days (excluding gifted subs). Kick has also stated that it offers streamers a 95/5 revenue split, meaning streamers keep 95% of their subscription revenue.
Maintain a Community
Kick emphasizes the importance of building and maintaining an active community of viewers. Creators striving for verification should aim for an average of 75 viewers in the last 30 days.
Consistency and Putting in Time
Consistency is key, with creators encouraged to stream for 12 days and 30 hours within the same 30-day timeframe.
Additionally, fostering engagement is crucial, as creators must have 300 unique chatters within the last 30 days.
As an emerging streaming platform, Kick invites users to join a small but diverse global community. As Kick evolves, it promises an exciting journey, catering to creators and viewers pursuing immersive and engaging streaming experiences. The question is, will you be testing the waters and streaming on this new platform?