If you’ve used Twitch before, you know this platform offers you a few different ways to support streamers.
Bits are Twitch’s own donation system that requires no third-party sites or services. It is currently only available to selected channels. Let’s see how to enable Bits on Twitch.
Bits are just one of the ways viewers and subscribers can support their favorite streamers on Twitch. They are also the most affordable way to do it, as viewers can earn small amounts by watching ads on the Twitch site. Larger quantities have to be purchased.
However, not every channel and streamer can receive Bits. Only Twitch partners and affiliates can enable these donations on their channels. Regular streamers with smaller followings are out of luck, and this situation doesn’t seem likely to change in the near future.
How Using Bits Works
Viewers can use Bits to cheer and show their support for their favorite streamers. Once purchased from the site’s store, Bits can only be used in stream chats. The viewers can usually give as many or as few Bits as they see fit, and there is no limit as to how many times a viewer can donate during a particular stream. Each viewer can choose the number of Bits and combine various Bits in a single message.
However, some channels have donation thresholds and the viewers can’t donate fewer Bits than that. In exchange for the donated Bits, viewers and followers can get badges they can display on the chats where they earned them. Also, top donators can gain access to private chat rooms and other perks.
Streamers get a percentage of the revenue from the Bits donated to them. The rest of the money goes to Twitch. This is the most basic way viewers can donate to their favorite streamers and currently the only one that doesn’t involve a third party.
How to Activate Bits
Twitch has made Bits available by default to all streamers with either Affiliate or Partner statuses. You don’t need to do anything to turn them on, just adjust the settings for your channel. If, on the other hand, you don’t belong to the Affiliate or Partner programs, you won’t be able to access these settings.
Bits and Cheering Settings
To access your channel’s Bits settings, log in to Twitch and go to the Dashboard. Then, click on the Partner/Affiliate Settings tab on the Main Menu bar and click on Bits & Cheering. There, you will be able to make various adjustments. Let’s look at the most important settings.
In the Threshold section of the Bits & Cheering menu, you will be able to set the minimum amount of Bits your followers can donate to you. All channels have the default threshold set to 1 Bit. This is a good option if you’ve recently been promoted to the Affiliate or Partner status and don’t have much of a following yet.
Also, you can set the smallest Bit Emote your followers can use. For example, if you decide to set the smallest Bit Emote to 100, your followers won’t be able to use 1 Bit Emotes on your streams.
Twitch allows all partners and affiliates to customize the badges their followers can earn. Open the Bits & Cheering menu and go to the Cheer Chat Badge Settings. There, you can select the badges for your channel. If you don’t want a certain badge on your channel, just uncheck it.
If you want to, you can upload your custom images and rename the tiers to your liking. If you do so, you’ll have to upload three images for each tier. They will need to be in .png format and the required sizes are 18 x 18px, 36 x 36px, and 72 x 72px.
Twitch also allows eligible streamers to customize Cheermotes, which replace the default Bit tier animations. But you should be careful not to break the rules when uploading your own Cheermotes. Nudity, sexually suggestive images, drug paraphernalia, drugs, racism, sexism, harassing words, explicit words, and other offensive and illegal content can’t be featured on your custom Cheermotes.
If you decide to create your own Cheermotes, you’ll have to upload them in .gif format and make sure they’re under 512KB in size. All Cheermotes uploaded in Simple Mode have to be 112 x 112px. If you’re uploading in Advanced Mode, 28 x 28px, 42 x 42px, 56 x 56px, and 84 x 84px sizes are also available.
Over and Out
Twitch’s Bits system is among the best interactive ways for viewers to show support for their favorite channels and creators. They are activated by default once you reach Partner or Affiliate status, but you can’t do anything to enable them before that.