You have probably been in a big stream and heard the streamer say “thanks so and so for the gifted subs”; but what exactly does that mean? What are gifted subs?
What are Gifted Subs on Twitch?
Gifted subs on Twitch are subs that a user gives (gifts) to other users in a stream. These gifted subs are the same as a regular sub meaning those who receive the gifted sub will gain access to things like emotes or the ability to chat in the stream. Gifted subs can be tier 1, tier 2 or tier 3 subs.
The user who is gifting the sub can give the sub(s) to a specific person or to random people in the stream, depending on what they choose.
Gifted subs are a great way to support your favorite streamer. As most streamers will tell you, they would rather have $100 worth of subs rather than $100 worth of donations because subs are what help to build a community. And as you know building a community is crucial for streaming.
In fact, I did a Twitter poll about what streamers would prefer, gifted subs or donations, and these were the results:
People want to feel like they belong and getting more people subbed helps people to feel like they belong.
The reason for this is that now when a person is subbed they can use YOUR emotes and depending on your settings they can now chat in YOUR chat. To a lot of streamers, community support means more than a donation.
I have been gifted a few subs before on a few different channels and it is pretty cool. For me it wasn’t so much the being able to chat part that I liked but rather all the cool emotes that came with the gifted sub.
Now my emotes page is full of a ton of different emotes from different channels all because of gifted subs.
And just so you know, when you are gifted a sub it will appear as a notification for you on Twitch. I suggest checking your notifications from time to time because you may have been gifted a sub and didn’t even know it.
If you are interested in gifting subs, let me go into detail about how much it will cost you and how you go about gifting subs on Twitch.
How Much Does it Cost to Gift a Sub on Twitch?
Gifting a sub on Twitch costs the same as it would if you were subbing for yourself; gifting a tier 1 sub costs $4.99, gifting a tier 2 costs $9.99 and gifting a tier 3 sub costs $24.99. Keep in mind also that depending on your location, you may also have to pay applicable taxes.
You can gift up to 100 subs at once. So if you want to calculate how much gifting subs will cost then just multiply the price by the number of subs you are gifting.
For example, if you are going to gift 10 tier 1 subs, that will cost you $49.99 (10 x $4.99).
Also you can gift tier 1 subs across multiple months. For example, you can gift someone a tier 1 sub for up to 12 for roughly $60. This is a great way to keep someone involved in your community over a long period of time.
If you want to gift more than a single sub, this is how much it will cost you.
How Much are 50 Gifted Subs on Twitch?
50 gifted tier 1 subs on Twitch will cost you $249.50 plus any additional taxes that may apply depending on where you live. 50 gifted tier 2 subs will cost you $499.50 plus any additional taxes that may apply. And lastly, when it comes to tier 3 subs you can only gift a maximum of 40 gifted subs at one time which will cost you $999.60 plus any additional taxes.
How Much are 100 Gifted Subs on Twitch?
100 gifted tier 1 subs on Twitch will cost you $499.00 plus any additional taxes that may apply. 100 gifted tier 2 subs on Twitch will cost you $999.00 plus any additional taxes that may apply. And when it comes to tier 3 subs the most you can gift at one time is 40 which will cost you $999.60.
Gifting so many subs is a great way to show your support for your favorite streamer and oftentimes they will have custom alerts that only appear when people gift a high amount of subs.
Many streams also have leaderboards, and some even do giveaways for their top contributors. But again, these things will depend on the stream and the streamer.
If you have been hanging around a stream for a while and you want to show some massive support, gifting a ton of subs is one of the best ways you can do that.
Do Streamers get Money from Gifted Subs?
Yes, streamers get the same amount of money from gifted subs as they would from a regular sub to their channel. This is typically 50% of the cost of the sub. For example, if someone gifted a tier 2 sub at $9.99, the streamer would get roughly $5 and Twitch would pocket the other half of the money.
Bigger streamers often receive more than 50% of a Twitch subscription.
So if a streamer only gets 50% of a gifted sub, wouldn’t it make more sense to donate money instead? Well like I mentioned, gifting subs really helps to build a community and so people who receive a sub are more likely to stick around longer because now they feel like part of the community.
Do Streamers Prefer Gifted Subs or Donations?
Donations are awesome and much appreciated by any streamer, but most streamers will tell you that they prefer gifted subs. This is because a gifted sub can go a lot further in building the stream than a donation will.
But either way, you choosing to support your favorite streamer is awesome and I am sure it is much appreciated.
If you gift subs to a streamer you are helping bring people into the community and now it is up to the streamer to do what they can to keep those people around. Not all gifted subs will re-subscribe, but you can feel proud of those who do because it was you who brought them into the stream and community.
How to Gift a Sub on Twitch
If you are interested in gifting subs on Twitch, then follow this guide here on the Twitch website. This guide walks you through how to gift subs on Twitch and helps to answer commonly asked questions regarding gifted subs on Twitch.
The whole process is very simple and is very similar to purchasing regular subs on Twitch.
As always, if you have any questions or just want to hang with me, stop by my Twitch channel here and say what’s up!
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Gifted subs are an awesome way to support your favorite streamer. If you want to help your favorite streamer grow, I don’t think there is a better thing you can do than gift a sub. You supporters are what make it possible for streamers to do what they love.
I hope this article was helpful and I wish you all nothing but success on your streaming journey.
And may all of your streams come true !