One example would be PayPal, where the streamer can see the name and email used for your PayPal account in the confirmation email they will receive for your donation.
If you want to make a donation without these concerns, you can do so through bits and subscriptions (know that this will, unfortunately, lead to Twitch taking a cut of your donations before they pay out the streamer).
Seeing Email Addresses Through Donations
The major concern about what information is shared with a streamer typically surrounds donations, subscriptions, and bits. To put your mind at ease, know that Twitch pays the streamer through their own accounts, so no account information is given upon payment.
Bits and subscriptions are included in this payment, so unless you put your account information in to be read by a text-to-speech bot, you will be fine.
Donations are a little different and can vary in their given information. If you are concerned about sharing your information through these sources, you may want to look into them in a little more detail, as they can vary from business to business.
However, to cover a few of the more popular donation methods:
What Can Twitch Streamers See About My Account?
While a streamer cannot gain access to their subscribers’ personal information through Twitch, there are a few things that they can still access for analytical purposes.
Some of the more obvious ones would be Twitch usernames of both subscribers and followers; by extension, they can also access their channels by searching their usernames.
There is also some additional information that streamers can see about their subscribers through their analytics, including:
- Current Twitch username (they can’t even see old ones)
- Initial subscription date
- The current subscription tier
- How long have they been subscribed overall
- Their longest subscription streak
- The subscription type
- If they are a founding subscriber (the first 10 Prime or paid subscribers for Affiliates, or first 25 for Partners)
Protecting Online Privacy Concerns on Twitch
As streaming platforms go, most understand that most users will want to keep their information private. As previously mentioned, you can join Twitch without worrying about others having access to your real name or your email address.
That being said, if you remain active on a Twitch account and become friends with other users, you will still want to limit what information you share with them. Many people begin to feel comfortable in chats with fewer viewers and can sometimes overshare. This could potentially lead to unwanted attention.
Can Twitch Streamers See Your IP Address?
Another common concern many Twitch users have when watching Twitch is whether or not the Twitch streamer can see their IP address. Rest assured that they cannot see it. They can’t even see your location.
Some other Twitch users have this concern because, occasionally, Twitch will ban an IP address from a specific Twitch channel. While this doesn’t often happen, if the platform sees that a streamer has banned multiple accounts from the same IP address, Twitch can shadowban an IP address.
This will help prevent banned users from simply making another account and continuing with such behavior. Unfortunately, this is not a permanent solution due to the prevalence and ease of access to VPNs for Twitch.
Frequently Asked Questions
Twitch has the privacy of both their streamers and their viewers on top of their list of concerns and ensures that all private information is secure from external sources. If you are hanging out in your favorite stream and saying hi, you do not need to be concerned about your personal information being given out.
If you donate to a streamer, you can look into the company you are donating to in greater detail to ensure that your information is safe.
Still, it is incredibly rare for any additional private information to be given out that the company does not make explicitly clear. Just stay away from random links promising giveaways and princes looking for someone to offload their wealth to in the chat, and you will be perfectly fine.