Streamers will have to abide by certain rules in order to earn the privilege to host subscriber-only streams, according to Twitch’s blog post announcing the feature.
Twitch is giving its well-behaved streamers a chance to offer a new, VIP-like feature to their most loyal viewers with subscriber-only streams.
Most Twitch streamers earn a 50 percent cut of every subscription, making it in their best interest to try to convince viewers to join their membership program.
The new feature does exactly what the name suggests: any Twitch Affiliated or Partnered creator can choose to broadcast exclusively for moderators, VIPs, and subscribers.
These streams routinely bring in hundreds of thousands of viewers, and the events could be a prime opportunity for participants to host a subscriber-only stream.
Subscriber-only chat feeds, for example, have been used by multiple streamers to try to promote viewers to sign up for the $5-a-month subscription plan.
That means a creator like Dr Disrespect, who was suspended for two weeks after broadcasting in a public bathroom during E3 earlier this month, would have to stream for an additional 90 days upon his return without another violation in order to use the new feature.
Weekly gaming competitions like Fortnite Friday and Minecraft Monday, hosted by Daniel “Keemstar” Keem and broadcast on both Twitch and YouTube, are just a couple of examples.
Although the company is rolling this out as a new feature, Twitch streamers have already toyed with similar ideas on their channels.