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20 ways you can make money on Twitch in 2019

So, your dream is to make money on Twitch. Well then, in this guide, we’ll list 20 ways you can make money on Twitch. Some you may not even be aware of! 

Ah, the dream. To wake up each day, turn on your PC and play video games while money pours in. It would be nice, wouldn’t it? Unfortunately, it’s not as easy as it seems. It is possible, however; you just need to know how to do it!

It is entirely possible to double, triple or even 10 times your current Twitch income. You just need to think outside the box and diversify your income.

Read on to discover 20 ways you can make money on Twitch

Twitch Subscriptions

We all know on Twitch people can subscribe to you if you have reached affiliate or partner status. Your viewers can choose to pay from $4.99 a month of which you get a percentage. Viewers can subscribe for free with Twitch Prime. This percentage will vary based on your size or number of subscribers. Generally, you receive 50-70% cut of each subscription. A good way to get more subscribers it to add value – cool emotes, sub only games or sub only streams or even offer a “freebie” on the first sub.  


When a viewer gives money to a streamer directly, these are referred to as tips. Unlike bits and subscriptions, 100% of the viewer’s money (minus PayPal fees ~3%) goes directly to the streamer. Most importantly streamers, don’t forget to set up your Twitch alerts because donors love seeing their name come up on the screen. 


Bits are a Twitch only currency. A viewer can earn bits by watching ads or purchasing directly. It costs the viewer more to buy bits than to donate directly but it protects the streamer from chargebacks. 

Sponsored Twitch Streams

A sponsored stream is when a publisher or developer pays you to play their game for a certain amount of time. This amount and time will vary from streamer to streamer and game to game. Don’t be afraid to reach out to publishers and work out a deal that suits you both.

Affiliate Marketing – Passive way to make money on Twitch

It’s so easy to talk about the things you love. Why not make a bit of money from it too? Basically, affiliate marketing is when you link/promote a product. If a person buys the linked/ promoted product, you get a % of the sale back as cash. There are hundreds upon thousands of affiliate programs out there. For example, as Twitch is associated with Amazon, so an Amazon Affiliate account would be a great place to start. Now, this is where we can assist you in setting up affiliate accounts across a wide range of products. Contact us and we will happily do all the hard work for you so that your stream is set up and ready for great results!


Twitch extensions are really underutilized on Twitch. Streamers seem to set them up and then not really incorporate them into the stream. Amazon Blacksmith is a great one to start off with. A guide teaching you how to maximize your Amazon affiliate on stream will be coming out soon!

Sell your stuff. Make Money

Do people compliment you on your overlay or some amazing scene you have set up? Sell them a copy.  Do you have a cool product on your shelf that people want? Offer it for sale! Someone loves the shirt you’re wearing? Sell it to them! 

Create a product 

Similar to the above. If you’re good at graphic design you could make some graphic packs to sell. Do you stream art? Open commissions or sell your finished works


Companies such as Designed by Humans and INTO THE AM work with Creators to design made-to-order merch for you. This is a safeguard that takes the headache out of buying stock and hoping it sells. There are countless ways to sell merch online. Also, check out Streamlabs and Stream Elements – when a viewer buys a piece a merch a notification can pop up on the screen and you can thank them directly. How cool is that!? Again, if you need help getting your head around it, let us help you out!

Bounty Board making money on Twitch with the help of Twitch

Did you know that Twitch has a job board listing lots of opportunities for their creators to accept paid sponsorships with brands? You promote the product – Twitch looks after the rest. For more information check out the official bounty board information page on Twitch (Please note this is not available to all partners)

Influencer Marketing Platforms

There are many apps out there such as Tribe where influencers can sign up and get paid to create content for brands. The way it works is that brands will post up a campaign and pay you for the content you create. Payments can range from $50 to over $500 depending on your follower count. Tribe works with countless brands across many industries. You’re sure to find a campaign that suits you and your audience. Other similar companies include Bottlespark and Open Influence


Got a lot to offer but don’t know how to keep it all in order. Set up a Patreon. On Patreon, you can set up different tiers and corresponding benefits. For example for $10 a month the viewer gets their name listed on your starting soon/brb/end of stream screen and a postcard sent out for each month they support you on Patreon. Don’t have time to go to the post office? Not to worry; there are countless postcard services available online to take the hassle out of it for you.  The possibilities are endless. Do you need help setting up and managing your Patreon? Let us know and we can help you out!

Premium IG Stories/Snapchat

Now before you all go, “OMG I DON’T WANT TO SEND LEWDS”, it’s not all about that. Some people just really like you and want an inside look at your life behind the scenes. Share your breakfast, your doggo.cute selfies. Whatever you like. Some people will find value in it; some people won’t. It’s just another way to create value and make money.

Twitch Ads 

I honestly don’t know how much people make from ads on Twitch but they are not skippable. And we all know ads just suck for viewers. A lot of the time, viewers will nope out of your stream. You can decide whether you want to roll ads or not.

Loots – a new way to use ads to make money on Twitch

I know we just said ads suck! However, with these ads do not take up the whole screen. Basically, how it works is that a viewer writes a message to you. Soon after, a 15-second ad will play. Once the ad is finished, it will flip over and their message will appear. This works with both Streamlabs OBS and OBS studio. Do you feel ads are too intrusive? Set them up to appear on your BRB or AFK screen! 


A partnership is when you and a brand work together over a period of time. You create content and promote their product and they pay you. The possibilities are endless when it comes to partnerships. Have a good look at your stream and your brand and then figure out a way to approach brands with ways you can work together so that it’s beneficial for you both.  For example – you love coffee and your stream is brightly coloured and playful. Well then, you could partner with a coffee company whose brand is equally bright and colourful.

Create a blog

This step is not easy money. But if you create a website and it gets decent traffic, you can sign up to ad networks that pay you. It is also another place where you can place your affiliate links.  Make a blog. Blogging is not dead in 2019. This is a great way to supplement making money on Twitch. Keep in mind that is a LOT of hard work however and will be a slow ramp-up but can pay off beautifully. We can help you get your head around this. Contact us for help.

Streamlabs creator sites

Streamlabs recently made it super easy for streamers to make websites. Make your own here. Streamlabs advertise that they are seeing a 20% increase in revenue for creators making money on Twitch.

Create a plush toy of yourself

Yes – for real. Makeshift is a great site for this. Design your plush. Fundraise for it. If you make the goal, your plush is made and those who funded it get their own to keep. Don’t reach your goal? No problems. Everyone gets their money back! Get in while this is still unique and cool.

Offer Coaching

Are you really good at something? Teach people. Take a look at your skills and think to yourself “What skills do I have that I can make money from” This could be teaching people how to play Fortnite to teaching others how to stream. 

These are just SOME of the ways you can make money on twitch. With a good idea and the right mindset, the possibilities are endless. 


Is all this overwhelming? Not to fear – Here at Player 2 HQ it is our mission to support you. Get in contact to find out how we can help you build your content creation business and make more money on Twitch!
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What tip surprised you most? Do you have any other ways you make money on twitch that didn’t make this list? Let us know in the comments below. 


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