You have spent some time grinding on Twitch and you finally reach affiliate. Your hard work has paid off! But now you have lost some followers or you are not streaming as often, is it possible that this dip could cause you to lose your affiliate status?
Can You Lose Affiliate On Twitch?
You can lose your affiliate status on Twitch for things such as account inactivity, breaking Twitch’s Terms of Services, you or Twitch ending the agreement, or breaking the affiliate agreement between you and Twitch.
Obviously there may be outliers or other reasons why you may lose your Twitch Affiliate status, but for the most part, if you lose your Twitch Affiliate status, it is for one of these reasons. If you want to check your current affiliate status on Twitch, here is how you would do just that.
How To Check Your Affiliate Status On Twitch
- Click your profile icon and go to your “Creator Dashboard”
- On the left side click “Analytics” then select “Achievements”
- Click the tab that says “Path to Affiliate” and your current Twitch Affiliate status will be displayed
Here are some screenshots to help guide you:
Click your profile icon and go to your “Creator Dashboard”.
On the left side click “Analytics” then select “Achievements”. Click the tab that says “Path to Affiliate” and your current Twitch Affiliate status will be displayed.
If you are not a Twitch Affiliate, it will also show you the steps you need to take in order to reach Twitch Affiliate status and whether or not you have completed them.
Here is my video on Youtube walking you through the process as well.
Now that you know whether or not you can lose Twitch Affiliate, as well as how to check your status, let’s now go over some common questions regarding the Twitch Affiliate program.
Twitch Affiliate FAQs
Can You Lose Twitch Affiliate By Not Streaming?
You can lose Twitch Affiliate by not streaming. Twitch’s Affiliate FAQ page states that Twitch may: “Terminate members of the Affiliate Program that walk-away from the program through a complete lack of participation for longer than 12 months.”
Even then, Twitch also states that “many factors can go into determining if your account is still active and it will be performed on a case-by-case basis.”
What this is basically saying is “it depends” and just because you haven’t streamed in a year does not mean you will automatically lose your Twitch Affiliate status.
However, if a year goes by and you have not streamed, you will definitely be on Twitch’s radar and should not be surprised if your Twitch Affiliate status is removed due to inactivity.
Twitch also mentions that they understand if you don’t stream for a few months, life happens and they get that. They do not want to get rid of people who stream on a “semi-regular basis.”
And so if you only stream a few times a month, you would not be in jeopardy of losing your Twitch Affiliate status. What Twitch doesn’t want is a bunch of inactive accounts who have been around forever and never stream.
From researching it a bit more, and this is totally understandable, Twitch doesn’t want a bunch of inactive accounts that they have to be responsible for when it comes to payments and things like that.
Having a ton of inactive accounts could be a headache for them and so it is easier to just remove these inactive accounts rather than trying to hunt these people down. Makes sense.
Removing inactive accounts is more for people who are done using the platform or who are done streaming and not for those who take breaks here and there.
Can You Lose Twitch Affiliate by Breaking Twitch’s Terms of Services?
You can lose Twitch Affiliate for breaking Twitch’s Terms Of Service (TOS). Furthermore, a user who breaks Twitch’s TOS also risks losing their entire Twitch account.
This should be obvious. Twitch has a set of terms and services, which you can view here, that you are required to abide by in order to stream on the platform.
Breaking these terms and services could get your account banned which in turn would remove your Twitch Affiliate status. Basically, just don’t be dumb and you will be ok. It’s that simple.
Can You Lose Twitch Affiliate By Ending Affiliate Your Agreement?
According to the Twitch Affiliate agreement, section 9, either you or Twitch can end the agreement at any time with or without cause by giving a written notice.
Once the written notice is received, Twitch will then begin the process of paying out any money that you are owed and taking any money that you owe them from your Twitch balance.
It’s nice to know that you have the flexibility to end your Twitch Affiliate status at any time. You are not bound to this agreement in any way and can end it at any time. So if something else comes up you have every right to pursue it.
In fact, if you decide you want to stream on another platform then I recommend ending your agreement with Twitch rather than having them give you the boot. This way you can end on good terms in case you ever change your mind and want to come back.
Twitch probably won’t end your agreement with them unless you break your affiliate agreement so that is good to know. But choosing to end your agreement with them is just another way that you can lose your affiliate status.
Can You Lose Twitch Affiliate By Streaming On Another Platform?
Streaming on Twitch, and streaming on another platform at the same time is breaking your Twitch Affiliate agreement and could be grounds for you being removed from the Twitch Affiliate program. You can stream on Twitch and on another platform, just not at the same exact time.
If you are unsure which platform you want to stream on, it may be a good idea to delay joining the Twitch Affiliate program until you know for sure which platform you like best.
If you want to stream on two platforms at once, consider upgrading to Streamlabs Prime (click here to check it out). I recently switched over and I love it. And if you use my link you get a discount.
Although you are not allowed to stream on another platform as an affiliate, you are allowed to upload your VODs and clips to other platforms such as Youtube. Twitch just doesn’t want you streaming in a bunch of different places all at once.
Can You Lose Twitch Affiliate If You Lose Followers?
You can’t lose Twitch Affiliate for losing followers. Although Twitch does have a minimum followers requirement in order to join the Twitch Affiliate program, you are not required to retain that number of followers in order to remain in the program.
Why Does Twitch Remove Affiliates?
Twitch removes affiliates who have broken their affiliate agreement, or who are no longer active, to make it easier for them to manage the affiliate program.
Having to do paperwork (like taxes) for inactive accounts would be pointless and it would be a waste of time for Twitch. Twitch wants affiliates who are active, responsible and looking to grow.
Can You Re-Apply To Be A Twitch Affiliate?
If you left the Twitch Affiliate Program on good terms, you can re-apply to the program by contacting Twitch and asking to be reinstated. This may not work every time, but if you have been removed from the affiliate program, and would like to rejoin, this is the best option.
You can contact Twitch here, and when you do choose the categories, sub-category, and detail category that I list below. Make the subject Twitch Affiliate and then describe that you want to re-apply.
Twitch does not have any information regarding re-applying to the affiliate program, but through reading other streamer’s comments in different forums this was considered the best pathway for re-entry into the affiliate program.
If You Lose Twitch Affiliate, Do You Lose Your Twitch Account?
If you lose Twitch Affiliate, you do not lose your Twitch account according to the Twitch Affiliate FAQ page. Your account will still remain active after losing Twitch Affiliate, you will just lose the perks associated with being a Twitch Affiliate.
The special perks that are removed are things such as being able to monetize your channel and having unique channel emotes.
However, if you were removed from the Twitch Affiliate program for breaking Twitch’s Terms Of Service then you may lose your account, but that would be for breaking Twitch’s rules and not for losing affiliate.
Losing Twitch Affiliate is possible, but not likely. As long as you are doing your best to follow Twitch’s rules, your affiliate status should be safe and you don’t have to stress about it.
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Eric streams 3 days a week on Twitch and uploads weekly to Youtube under the moniker, StreamersPlaybook. He loves gaming, PCs, and anything else related to tech. He’s the founder of the website StreamersPlaybook and loves helping people answer their streaming, gaming, and PC questions.