In recent weeks, Twitch, the popular game streaming platform, has been met with considerable backlash from its users. Numerous streamers claim their payout rates have significantly dropped without any prior notice or explanation, causing further discontent among the platform’s community.
Controversy Surrounds Twitch’s Recent Updates
The series of disgruntlement started when Twitch proposed an update to its branded content guidelines in early June.
While these advertising restrictions were eventually lifted, the platform then faced criticism for banning multi-streaming on similar “Twitch-like” platforms.
Most recently, Twitch reinstated its 70/30 subscriber split with Partnered creators, a move welcomed by larger streamers.
However, this change brought a new wave of complaints from smaller streamers who have noticed their payouts to be considerably less than before.
Twitch Partnered Streamers Share Experiences of Reduced Payouts
Twitch Partnered streamer ‘Babywock’ publicized his grievances on Twitter on June 15, stating he had received the “lowest payout” in over a year of broadcasting on the platform.
“The numbers are not lining up,” Babywock said. “…now, you guys are messing with my food. You’re messing with the roof over my head. You’re messing with the hard work that creators put into this platform. I need answers.”
This sentiment of dissatisfaction is echoed by several other streamers who responded to Babywock’s tweet with similar stories. In a particularly troubling case, a streamer called ‘kitty venom’ shared a screenshot indicating she had been charged $91.56 at the beginning of the month, instead of receiving a payout.
“I’ve been streaming for like a year and a half and have never had this happen, or at least never noticed it,” she shared. “Pay attention guys. Sad times.”
Twitch’s Latest Program Induces Further Outrage
The discontent among Twitch’s Partnered creators is symptomatic of larger issues plaguing the platform. Twitch’s recent introduction of the Partnered Plus program, which brings back the 70/30 sub split, has also sparked controversy.
This highly coveted subscription revenue split was celebrated by many streamers upon its reintroduction.
However, there appears to be a significant catch that has added fuel to the ongoing dissatisfaction with Twitch’s policies.
While Twitch has yet to officially respond to these concerns, the growing discontent among its streamer community signals a need for increased transparency and open communication.
The platform will have to address these issues promptly to prevent further friction and potential loss of valuable content creators.