Streaming on Twitch became popular when streamers started making tons of money by streaming game content. However, one often wonders if Twitch really takes a cut from donations.
Well, the answer is not so simple. First, you have to clarify which type of donations you want to know about.
If you are wondering how much Twitch takes from donations made to your direct account, then no, Twitch does not take any cut on those donations.
However, that’s not the only way your viewers will be supporting you on the platform. There are other methods through which your followers can pay you.
And yes, Twitch does take a cut from those payments.
So, to clear all the doubts, we will be discussing each of these donation/payment methods one by one.
How much money does Twitch take from direct donations?
Once you reach the Affiliate status on Twitch, you can start earning a part of the revenue you generate for the platform.
However, direct donations are not part of this process. Direct donations are a way for your loyal followers to directly send you the money in your digital wallet.
You can share the details of your digital wallet like PayPal in your profile or add a link for the donation. Those who want to donate can click on the link and they will be redirected to the payment window.
Twitch does not take any cut from these direct donations. However, that does not mean there will be no deductions. Each wallet has its own fees for transactions.
So, when your followers send you money, a certain amount will be deducted based on the transaction channel used by the donator. Twitch has nothing to do with that deduction.
How much does Twitch take from Subs, Bits and Ads
Besides the direct donations, there are three other methods through which you can make money from Twitch.
These three methods include:
- Twitch Subscriptions
- Twitch Bits
- Affiliate Links and Product Marketing
While Twitch will be taking a cut from the first three, on the fourth one, Twitch does not charge anything.
If you are sharing an affiliate link on your channel, you will be able to earn a small portion of the sale from the seller without imposing any extra costs on the customer.
For the first three, you have to first reach Twitch Affiliate status. Once you have become an Affiliate on Twitch, you will be able to earn from these methods.
Let’s discuss how much Twitch will be deducted from the payments.
Twitch’s Cut from Subs Earnings:
After reaching the Affiliate status on Twitch, you will be able to activate subscriptions on your channel.
You can create special content for subscribers which will attract your followers and viewers to subscribe to your channel.
Subscriptions on Twitch are divided into 3 packages. Tier 1, 2, and 3. These Tiers are categorized based on the cost. Tier 3 is the most expensive one.
The base percentage of cut of Twitch on these subscriptions is.
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However, this division does not remain fixed once you become a Partner on Twitch. Partners make a lot more money and provide a higher quality of entertainment.
So, Twitch Partners can negotiate custom subscription rates and Twitch cut and earn up to 70% directly from the subs. So, Twitch will be taking only a 30% cut from the Partners.
Twitch’s Cut from Bits Earnings:
Bits are used to purchase cheermotes on Twitch. These cheermotes can be used by your viewers to support you while you are streaming.
Twitch will be deducting almost 28-32% from Twitch bits. They will be deducted on part of the purchaser, so the streamer won’t have to face any extra deductions.
To make things more clear, let’s take an example. If you purchase Twitch bits for $1.40, the 40 cents will go to Twitch.
Twitch’s cut can vary between 28-32% based on the purchase package. Users can use the money to purchase a large number of bits. They can then use these bits to purchase cheermotes and use them in their streams.
You will receive the money from the bits in your Twitch account. This money doesn’t directly go to your digital wallet.
Twitch’s Cut from Advertisements Earnings:
Earnings from Twitch advertisements depend on your status on Twitch. You will start earning from advertisements as soon as you reach Twitch Affiliate status.
However, Twitch Affiliates make a lot less money on Twitch as compared to Twitch Partners. So, once you become a partner on Twitch, you will be able to take a larger portion of the revenue you generate for the platform.
Twitch’s cut from the advertisements is not fixed. According to the latest analysis in June 2022, Twitch takes almost 40-45 percent of each individual ad that is played on the stream.
So, streamers will be making 55-60 percent of the revenue they generate for the platform.
How much does Streamlabs take from Twitch Donations?
You have to connect your online wallet to your Streamlabs account as well in order to receive donations from viewers.
Unlike Twitch bits, the Streamlabs donations are directly linked with your PayPal account. Hence, Twitch or Streamlabs won’t be taking any cut from those donations.
At first, users were complaining about their donations still being deducted despite Streamlabs’ claim to not deduct any money from these donations.
However, after clarification, it was proven that indeed Streamlabs do not take any cut. It was just the payment processing fee imposed by PayPal.
The payment processing fee is different for each digital wallet. The best thing about Streamlabs is the notification alters. Each time someone sends you a donation, you will receive an alert.
How much does PayPal take from Twitch Donations?
Last but not the least, the most important part of the donations is your PayPal account. Since most Twitch users collect their money in their PayPal account, they are often confused about whether it was Twitch that deducted their money or it was PayPal.
The donations that are made through Streamlabs or the donations that are directly made from the donation link you provided in your profile are not deducted by Twitch.
So, any deduction you might see on those donations is done by PayPal. PayPal is quite brutal when it comes to transaction fees and deductions.
PayPal charges a flat $0.49 fee plus a 2.89% fee per transaction. So, if someone tipped you $100, you will receive 96.62 dollars using PayPal.
Frequently Asked Questions
Some Last Words
Twitch does not take any cut from donations made directly to your digital account like PayPal. However, PayPal itself has a transaction and processing fee which will be charged for each donation.
Twitch also takes a cut from your other methods of earning on the platform like subs, ads, and bits.
We hope the article will clear all of your doubts regarding Twitch payments. We will be back with more guides soon. Stay Tuned!