How to become a Twitch affiliate (by someone who's actually done it)

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Streaming is becoming as essential to the way we consume things as normal TV is.

Plenty of people get home, put a game on, and watch a stream as they're doing so. It's a nice way to relax in the evening, and it lets us hang out with people or discover new games as we do so.

It's also something that's quite easy to start doing yourself, and while you're unlikely to become a full-time streamer overnight, it's certainly something you can aim for if you want to.

With that in mind, here's what you need to keep in mind if you want to make Twitch Affiliate, as well as some tips I can offer from how I did it.

What are the requirements to become a Twitch Affiliate?

You can find all of these requirements, and track them, within your Creator Dashboard on Twitch. Here are the requirements you'll need to meet:

  • Reach 50 followers
  • Stream for 8 hours
  • Stream on 7 different days
  • Average of 3 viewers
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If you've just started out then these might feel like absurd goals, but I promise you they're not. It's a little cliche, but if I can do it, anybody can.

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What's the best way to meet these requirements

Two of these are entirely down to you (well, they're all sort of down to you). Stream for 8 hours and stream on 7 different days are the easiest ones to hit. My advice is to choose two days of the week at the same time and simply stream those every week for an hour or two.

Reaching 50 followers is easier than averaging 3 viewers, at least in my experience. The best thing to do is to be consistent with your streams, but also make sure you advertise them to your friends, family, and followers on whatever social media you use.

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The same is true of the viewers. I found co-op streams a great way to get more people watching, so reach out to other people who would like to play games with you and you should be fine.

It's also important to build a community. I'd never have managed it without having friends to come along and watch or stream with me, and reaching out to other streamers is always worth while because you can meet some awesome people along the way.

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