Twitch is planning to introduce new subscription tiers that will give fans the opportunity to donate more cash to their favorite streamers.
Starting later this month, you’ll be able to pay up to $24.99 a month, which could get you new benefits like exclusive emotes and subscriber roles.
Twitch already gives users the option to subscribe to their favorite streamers for $4.99 a month. This supports players by putting cash in their pockets, while giving viewers some additional benefits, like custom emotes, badges, and an ad-free viewing experience.
According to an email to Twitch Partners, $9.99 and $24.99 subscription tiers will also be available later this month. They are said to be “part of our constant push to improve your experience and help make it easier to earn a steady income on Twitch.”
For streamers, this is wonderful news. Fans who tune in on a frequent basis and like to support their favorite players will have the option to donate more cash each month to keep their stream going. They will also make it faster for streamers to unlock additional emotes.
There are now 50 emote tiers instead of the previous 14, and the new subscription options will help you climb those tiers faster. Fans paying $9.99 a month are worth two subscriber counts, while those paying $24.99 are worth six.
What’s more, emote slots will soon remain unlocked permanently, which means you won’t lose them even if your subscriber count falls.
Sadly, the benefits aren’t quite as significant for subscribers themselves. Those who are willing to pay extra could get their hands on exclusive custom emotes (if streamers offer these), and possible subscriber roles (if streamers offer these).
But of course, most Twitch subscribers pay primarily to support their favorite streamers — so the benefits are little more than a nice bonus anyway.
It should be noted that Twitch is yet to make this news official to subscribers. It was revealed in an email to Partners that ended up on NeoGAF, and although it looks genuine, it’s probably best to take it with a pinch of salt for now..