Twitch is an online broadcasting service for gamers, vloggers, and video producers. If you are not in a mood to play games then you can watch other gamers playing a game on Twitch. It has become one of the most used social platforms (especially by gamers).
Twitch has its own unique language which can be only understood by the gamers who are on Twitch. From abbreviations to emotes, there are various things to check out in Twitch language.
Cheering is also one of the components of the Twitch language. In this article, we will look at an in-depth concept of cheering on Twitch.
What is a Twitch Cheer?
Cheering is a process of showing appreciation to the streamers. Apart from appreciation, it is also a way to tip the streamer. The tip can be sent through a Twitch virtual currency, i.e, Bits.
Bits are a virtual currency that refers to the animated cheering emotes that you can send over a chat. It helps you to show support for your favorite streamers or broadcasters.
Therefore, Twitch streamers can earn money if a viewer cheers them. The person who cheers on Twitch receives an exclusive badge or an emote. So, it is not designed to benefit only the streamers, but the viewers also.
The reward system encourages streamers to create quality streams so that they get appreciation from the viewers. The hard-working streamers take this reward system seriously and create unique content for the viewers.
Currently, Twitch Partners and Affiliates can receive Twitch Bits. To enable the cheering feature:
- For Twitch Partner, navigate to Dashboard > Partner Settings > Cheer.
- For Twitch Affiliates, navigate to Dashboard > Channel > Cheer.
How to Buy Twitch Bits?
Some of the recognized platforms such as Amazon Pay and PayPal can be used to buy Twitch Bits. To buy the Bits, follow the below steps:
- Log in to your Twitch account.
- Click on the number of bits you want to buy. A popup window will appear for “Purchase Bits”.
- Select the payment method.
- Click on “Continue” to finish the process.
Price of Twitch Bits
From $1.04 for 100 bits to $7 for 500 bits, you won’t get any discounts. But, there are other various discounts available, if you buy a higher number of Bits.
The price of Twitch Bits is given below:
100 Bits = $1.4
500 Bits = $7
1500 Bits = $19.95 (5% discount)
5000 Bits = $64.4 (8% discount)
1000 Bits = $126 (10% discount)
25000 Bits = $308 (12% discount)
Methods for Getting Free Twitch Cheer Bits
Whether you are a streamer or a viewer, you can obtain free Twitch Bits online. You can use any of the two methods listed below using either desktop or smartphone.
Getting Free Twitch Bits by Watching Ads
Step 1: Search for the channel you follow and wail until the stream gets fully loaded. At the bottom right-hand corner, you will see a Bit icon shaped like a diamond. This icon indicates that the streamer can accept Bits.
If you are unable to see the icon in the channel, it means that the channel does not enable the cheering feature.
Step 2: Click on the Bits icon, and then choose the “Get Bits” option.
Note: If you have already watched some ads, then the “Watch Ad” button will turn to a grey color.
Step 3: Click on the “Watch Ad” button to start watching the ads. Once the ad finishes, you will receive a specific number of Bits. You can receive 5, 10, 50, or 100 Bits at a single time, but in most cases, you will receive 5 or 10 Bits.
Tip: Twitch resets the Bits at the midnight PST, which is the best time to start watching the ads and get a chance to earn more Bits.
Getting Free Twitch Bits by Completing Surveys on TwitchRPG
The second way of earning free Twitch Bits is by completing TwitchRPG surveys. TwitchRPG or Twitch Research Power Group is Twitch’s official Research Center who surveys streamers as well as viewers to improve the features of the platform.
To get started with the survey, you will have to first sign up for TwitchPRG. After signing up, you will receive a notification for mail verification. Once you verify your email id, you will receive a notification when there will be a sponsored survey.
Setting Up Cheers as a Streamer
If you are a streamer, then you have to enable the cheering feature manually. As viewers, you have to load your account with Bits, so that you can cheer your favorite streamer. Twitch Partners and Affiliates have cheering mode enabled by default.
But, if you are neither a partner nor an affiliate, then you need to enable cheering mode manually, And, to do so, follow the below steps.
Step 1: Go to your Twitch dashboard and navigate to Partner Settings.
Step 2: Choose the Cheer Section and select “Enable Cheering with Bits”.
Step 3: To get started, you need to sign the tax form. Then, review the Cheering Amendment to Content-Partner-Agreement.
Step 4: Scroll down to Bits Threshold settings. Set the Minimum Bits to Cheer and Minimum Bit Emote to a figure above 1.
Step 5: Next, you will need to select the Cheer Chat Badge, so that the viewers can get a chance to see it.
Step 6: To inform everyone that you now accept Cheers, you will have to post an entry on your page.
The reason for setting a minimum number of bits above the figure of 1 is to stop the spammers. As there are lots of spammers on this site, it becomes necessary to prevent you from them.
Smaller channels can set lower limits whereas Larger or popular channels can set higher limits. Setting the amount is a trial-and-error technique, so you need to experiment with which you get the best results.
Setting Up Cheers as a Viewer
If you are a Twitch viewer, then you don’t need to worry about setting up the channel. You have to just load your account with Bits and appreciate your favorite streamer by sending those Bits to them.
The Bits are not refundable, so make sure to spend on Bits according to your budget. You can buy Bits either with the original money or by watching ads. Additionally, you can purchase Bits through desktop or mobile sites.
For the procedure of buying Bits, go to the “How to Buy Twitch Bits” section. You can store up to 25,000 Bits at one time in an account.
If you do not want anyone to know about how much you have cheered a streamer, then you can enable “Cheer Anonymously” from the Cheers Card menu. However, you will not be added to the leaderboard, instead, you will be awarded a ghost badge.
How to Cheer on Twitch?
The process of cheering on Twitch is quite simple. When you start watching a stream, and you find that it appeals to you greatly, then
Step 1: Select the Chat-box-in on stream.
Step 2: You need to select the Bits icon present within the box.
Step 3: Select any Twitch Cheermote.
Step 4: Add the number of Bits that you want to cheer. You can either use a menu or simply type ‘cheer100’ to cheer 100 Bits.
Step 5: You can also add other words (impressions, emoticons, etc.) to show your appreciation.
Step 6: Lastly, send the message. Once you send the message in the chat, the Bits will be added to the streamers’ account.
Note: People who violate the terms and conditions of the website will be punished by being banned or timed out for a specific period of time.
Now, you must be wondering what happened to the Bits if there are any in the messages. In fact, the Bits are transferred to the streamers’ account immediately (and the Bits are not refunded to the viewers who cheer them).
This is done to provide the best streaming experience to every streamer and viewer and prevent any violations.
Benefits of Cheering
You might be wondering what is the purpose of buying Bits and then cheering online if you can send money directly to the account of the streamers. Now, we will look into some of the benefits of cheering online over directly sending money on PayPal accounts.
- The viewers get the badges after every donation, so it can be easily recognized about the contribution to the channel of each viewer.
- Cheers are sent over a chat, so everyone can see the donations from every viewer.
- Bits can be earned by watching ads, so you can support your favorite streamer without paying any cent from your pocket.
- Unlike PayPal’s chargebacks, viewers can make donations without any worries.
- Starting from 1 cent to big amounts, viewers can send Bits according to their budget.
Any platform gains popularity when it allows the interaction between the content creators and viewers. The reward system provides a better experience to all the users and that’s why Twitch introduced the concept of cheering.
Viewers get an opportunity to show their appreciation to the streamers while the streamers get a chance to monetize their channel. In this way, cheering helps the streamers to create unique and top-quality streams.