Is there a streamer you would like to support but don’t have money to donate? Well lucky for you Twitch has provided a way for you to donate to your favorite streamer without having to spend any money of your own by watching ads and collecting Twitch currency known as Bits.
How To Watch Ads On Twitch For Bits:
Watching Ads on Twitch for Bits is simple. Here’s how to do it:
- Go to the channel of the streamer you would like to donate to.
- Click the small diamond shape in the chat box of the streamer’s channel you are in.
- Clicking this will bring up a box with different emotes and at the bottom of that box you will click the “Get Bits” button which will bring up a menu with a list of options.
- From the list of options you will click “Watch Ad” under the “Get Bits by Watching Short Ads” header.
- Once you have watched the Ad on Twitch and clicked the “I’m Done” button (this button is only on PC, for mobile you just exit the ad), you will be exited out of the Ad and another box will appear displaying the number of Bits you earned from the ad (usually between 2 and 10 Bits).
- Once the bits you earned are displayed you will be given the option to watch another Ad or Start Cheering (if you are on mobile the start cheering option will not be displayed).
What Happens Once You Finish Watching An Ad For Twitch Bits?
Once you have watched an ad, if you would like to start cheering using your Bits that you’ve earned, then click the “start cheering” button. Once you click the “start cheering button” you will be taken to another window that shows the different emotes you can use to cheer in the streamers channel.
Choose the emote you like and click send in the chat box to start cheering. If you do not click the “start cheering” button, or it is not available (if you are on your phone for example) then simply click on the diamond shape in the chat box to bring up the list of emotes you can use to cheer. Choose your emote and click send.
The more Bits you use to cheer, the more spectacular your emote will be.
If you want to continue to watch more Ads to get more Bits all you have to do is click “Watch Another Ad.”; however, there is a limit to the number of Ads you can watch.
Although there is no official cap on the number of Ads you can watch in a given period, once you watch about five Ads you will typically get a pop-up window telling you that you have reached your limit of Ads you can watch for Bits.
They will then give you the option to purchase more Bits if you would like to use your own dinero (money). This cool down period usually lasts about thirty minutes and once the thirty minutes have passed you should be able to watch more Ads for Bits IF there are more Ads available to watch.
What Are Twitch Bits?
As was touched on earlier Bits are basically Twitch currency. Each bit is worth one penny or $0.01 USD when donated to a streamer. So that would mean that if you donated 100 Bits to a streamer it would be equal to $1 USD.
This currency can’t be cashed out or donated by or to you personally, sad face, but you can use the bits you earn to encourage and show support for streamers, get attention in chat through animated emoticons, get recognition through badges and acknowledgement from the streamer, and even unlock loot during special esports events.
Bits also allow you to chat in Sub Only chat rooms.
What Can Bits Be Used For?
Now one of the cool things about bits is that they can be used to help you stand out in a stream as you support your favorite streamer. This is because Bits allow you to purchase special animated emotes which can be displayed in the chats of whichever streamer you would like to support.
These emotes are unique and different from the emotes you will receive for being a sub to a streamers channel.
The appearance of the emotes will depend on the amount of bits you use on them. The more bits you use, the cooler and bigger the emotes will be. You don’t however need to spend all your bits on one emote.
You may choose to spend your bits little by little, one small emote at a time, or just go for the big sha banga lang and spend all your emotes on one rad emote. It’s totally up to you.
Another way that Bits help you stand out is by alerting streamers of your donation. Many streamers have alerts set up on their streams for when people donate bits and will read the name and message of the donor.
Several streamers also have alerts set in such a way that the donors name and message will appear on stream even if they (the streamer) do not read it personally. Either way, Bits are a fantastic way to help you get recognized by your favorite streamer.
Another awesome thing about Bits is that donating bits allows you to chat in Sub Only chatrooms. That means you don’t have to worry about weather or not you are subbed to a certain channel or if you have a free Amazon Prime sub or not if you want to participate in a channel set to Sub Only chat.
If the conversation is juicy, and you want to jump in, you can do so by using your bits.
How cool is that!? (If you do choose to use your bits to chat in channels that are in sub only chat mode then I would recommend using the cheer emotes that only cost one Bit in order to make your bits last longer, especially if you want to engage in the conversation for an extended period of time; however, some streamers set a minimum amount of Bits that you are required to donate if you wish to cheer or chat in that channel.
For example, you must donate 50 Bits in order to Cheer in the channel.)
It’s clear that Bits can be a great tool to gain recognition from your streamer and participate in channels to which you are not subbed, but did you know that cheering can also earn you Cheer Chat Badges for that channel in recognition of your support?
The Cheer Chat Badges you earn will not go away, but they only appear in the channels where you have earned them. Your Cheer Chat Badge will appear next to your name in the channel as a symbol of your dedication. This is an excellent way to show off your support and dedication to the channel and community with which you are a part of.
Lastly, Bits can be used to unlock loot during special esports events. For example viewers who watched the Overwatch League were given the chance to Cheer with Bits in order to unlock Overwatch League skins that were not yet available.
Every 100 Bits donated also unlocked some pretty sweet hero emotes that could be used in chat and collecting enough of those hero emotes could be used to unlock some really cool skins.
Are the Ads you have to watch to earn Twitch Bits long?
These Ads are not long at all. Most are only thirty seconds long and will allow you to click out of them once the Ad is completed. Other Ads are interactive and once the time is up, and you have clicked on something in the Ad, you can click the “I’m Done” button in the top right hand corner of the Ad box.
How To Purchase Bits On Twitch
Thus far we have talked about watching Ads to obtain Bits for free! However, if you don’t want to watch a bunch Ads and take your time accumulating Bits then you can always just buy the Bits you want.
This can be done by clicking the small diamond shape in the chat box of the streamer’s channel you are in. This will bring up a box with different emotes. At the bottom of that box you will click the “Get Bits” button which will bring up a menu with a list of options. From there you would click on the amount of Bits you would like to purchase.
The Price range for purchasing Bits is as follows:
$1.40 USD for 100 Bits
$7.00 USD for 500 Bits
$19.95 USD for 1,500 Bits
$64.40 USD for 5,000 Bits
$126.00 USD for 10,000 Bits
$308.00 USD for 25,000 Bits
As you can see, the more Bits you buy at once the better then deal. Twitch is also nice enough to offer a discount to first time buyers, $10.00 USD for 1,000 Bits ????. You should also be aware that the maximum amount of Bits that you can purchase in a single day is approximately 500,000.
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Bits are a great way to support your favorite streamer and the fact that you can obtain Bits for free by watching Ads makes them that much awesome. Bits have so many fun and useful purposes that they are a must for anyone who is trying to be active in the streaming community.
Enough learning about Bits, go watch some Ads and start stacking them in your Twitch account $$$.
Good luck out there my friends!