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How To Donate Bits on Twitch

Posted by Jamie on June 27, 2018

If you’re new to Twitch, you may have seen mention of bits and donations while watching streams. Bits are a virtual currency used within Twitch to show appreciation for a streamer’s work. You Cheer Bits on Twitch to those you like to watch or who entertained you in a meaningful way. Donations are much the same but the mechanics behind them are a little different.

Bits are an internal currency in Twitch. You buy them for real money and you can tip a particular streamer a given amount of Bits in appreciation for their work. Tipping is called Cheering in Twitch when you use Bits. When you Cheer, you donate a set amount of Bits. Donations are referred to as Tips but they work differently and are viewed differently by streamers and users.

To donate Bits, you first need to buy them. Then you can donate them as you see fit.

  1. Log into Twitch and go to a channel.
  2. Select Get Bits in the top right of the stream.
  3. Select the amount you want to buy and pay for them.
  4. Wait a few seconds for your inventory to be updated.

Once your Bits arrive in your account you can Cheer however and wherever you like in Twitch. To donate, simply type ‘cheer250 Loving your work’ or words to that effect. There is a countdown timer to allow for typos so if you type ‘cheer2500’ instead of ‘cheer250’ you have five seconds to change your mind. Once Cheered, the transaction is irreversible.

This process works much the same across desktop and mobile. Buying Bits is slightly different on mobile but using them is the same.

All about Bits

Buying Bits is roughly 1 Bit per 1c. Once you Cheer the streamer, the transaction is irreversible. The streamer gets the Bits as they are donated but have to accrue $100 worth in order to withdraw them.  Beginner streamers or those still working on a following will need to wait a while before getting paid. More popular streamers will not have to wait so long. Twitch also takes a cut of between 25-30% to help with running costs.

If you donate Bits, you get emotes as a reward. They are payable when you cheer with 1, 100, 1,000, 5,000 and 10,000 Bits and come in various shapes and sizes. The more you Cheer, the better the emote. You also earn Cheer Chat Badges which show other users on that channel that you’re a supporter.

Cheering using Bits is more emotive than donating or subscribing. People usually Cheer when the streamer gets a kill, says something amusing or clever or when they win the match. These are reactive spends and are useful to use when you feel the streamer has done something particularly cool.

All about donations

Donations in Twitch work slightly differently. They are a real money Tip that goes directly to the streamer. You tip via PayPal directly to the streamer so Twitch doesn’t take a cut and the streamer gets all the money. It appears as a message in the stream but doesn’t quality for the emotes or badges.

Tipping is the preferred method of recompense for many Twitch streamers as they get all the money. Twitch does not take a cut of Tips as it is a transaction between you and the streamer. They are also more unpredictable and force streamers to keep on their A-game for the entire stream. However, as Tips use PayPal, they can use chargeback. This is where a payment is made through PayPal and the payee decides to reverse it for whatever reason. This is a downside for Tips.

As donations are not as quick to make as a Cheer, they tend to be less emotive or reactive. These tend to be more measured rewards that you give to a streamer for being class or for being consistently useful, informative, amusing or whatever.

Subscribing on Twitch

There is a third way to show your appreciation on Twitch and that is subscribing. Using Twitch Prime, you can subscribe to a particular channel for a month at a time and the streamer gets a cut of that. In return for a monthly fee of $6.99, 3 monthly fee of $20.79 or 6 monthly fee of $41.95, you can follow one channel for one month.

In return you get some unique emotes and badges and access to exclusive chatrooms or events. There are also some ad-free experiences available, depending on the stream. Different streams offer different benefits so check before you subscribe.

It is important to donate Bits on Twitch when a streamer entertains you. It is what drives these people to work hard on your behalf and their only reward for perhaps hours of effort. This feedback loop of performance and reward is what makes Twitch great so support it as much as you can!

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