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How to Get YouTube Gaming Emotes

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Users enjoy expressing themselves through emotes on YouTube Gaming. It is a visual way to communicate and a vital way for you to grow your stream channel. Your members will be able to spam your unique creations in chat and use them on other channels. How do you get emotes for your stream?

To get emotes on your channel, you must reach partner status on YouTube Gaming. At that point, you’ll be able to upload original designs to your channel for your members to use. Emotes are a great way to build your community and promote your channel. They should have simple designs as they will be tiny when posted in chat.   

What Are Emotes?

Emotes are an automated bonus for people who become members to your stream. You can create them to be in line with your brand and generate culture within your community. Even as a novice streamer, having one or two emotes is a good way to show off your style and let your followers see what you have to offer.

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Lachlan‘s YouTube Gaming Emotes.

How to Unlock Custom Emotes on YouTube Gaming

To upload emotes to your channel, you must be eligible for membership perks on YouTube Gaming. You can do this by reaching partner status by meeting the following guidelines:

  • YouTube Gaming channels must have at least 30,000 subscribers
  • Must be in the YouTube Partner Program
  • Be at least 18 Years Old
  • Eligibility in your area
  • Compliant with all terms and policies 

Once your eligibility is confirmed, you will be able to upload four emotes right away. As viewers sign up for membership to your channel, you will be able to release more. The amount of emotes you receive for your membership count is detailed below:

MembersEmote Slots
0 Mbrs
2 Mbrs5
5 Mbrs6
10 Mbrs7
15 Mbrs8
20 Mbrs9
30 Mbrs10
40 Mbrs11
50 Mbrs12
75 Mbrs13
100 Mbrs14
125 Mbrs15
150 Mbrs16
175 Mbrs17
200 Mbrs18
225 Mbrs19
MembersEmote Slots
250 Mbrs20
300 Mbrs21
350 Mbrs22
400 Mbrs23
450 Mbrs24
500 Mbrs25
600 Mbrs26
700 Mbrs27
800 Mbrs28
900 Mbrs29
1000 Mbrs30
1200 Mbrs31
1400 Mbrs32
1600 Mbrs33
1800 Mbrs34
2000 Mbrs35
MembersEmote Slots
2200 Mbrs36
2400 Mbrs37
2600 Mbrs38
2800 Mbrs39
3000 Mbrs40
3200 Mbrs41
3400 Mbrs42
3600 Mbrs43
3800 Mbrs44
4000 Mbrs45
4200 Mbrs46
4400 Mbrs47
4600 Mbrs48
4800 Mbrs49
5000 MbrsTalk to YT

In addition to emotes, YouTube also gives you six slots for custom badges for your members to show off how long they have supported your channel. These are divided into new, one month, two months, six months, one year, and two years.

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LegendofTotalWar‘s YouTube Gaming Emotes

How Emotes Attract Subscribers

Well designed emotes attract viewers to subscribe to a channel. They are able to spam the emotes in chat, be a visual part of the community, and potentially use them in other channels.

Emotes are also the human element of subscriptions, set up by the streamer, allowing viewers to effectively become a part of their content.

Where to Hire a Designer for Youtube Emotes

Professionally designed emotes are great for your channel. Look through different portfolios and choose a designer whose style you enjoy. Here is a list of a few designers that you can seek out: 


Spice up your stream with premium designs and seamless animations. Own3d have hundreds of purpose build emotes to engage your viewers.

Visuals by Impulse

Visuals by Impulse‘s work is impressive and professionally done. They will work with you to create figures that really capture attention and help your channel stand out. 


If you are just starting out and on a limited budget, browse designers on Fiverr. Many of them are offer affordable emotes.

Friends or Followers

In time, you are likely to get a friend or a follower who is eager to design emotes for your stream. Talk to them about what you want and see if they can meet your needs. 

Facebook Stream Groups

When looking at online designers, make sure that they have been vetted by the moderators in the group or that they come with references. You don’t want to be scammed. 

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How to Design Emotes for YouTube Gaming

If you have an artistic eye and want to design your YouTube emotes yourself, there are a few programs you can use. Here are a few of our favorites:


GIMP is a free software that offers several design elements. It also enables you to have a clear background. 

Affinity Photo/Affinity Designer

You can purchase Affinity products such as Affinity Photo and Affinity Designer for a one-time fee. They offer a host of professional design tools.

Adobe Photoshop/Adobe Illustrator

The Adobe suite has dominated the design community for well over a decade. With continually updated tools, you can do virtually anything with their software. 

YouTube Gaming Emote Size

YouTube asks that you upload an emote that is a minimum of 32px by 32px. The file size must be less than 1MB and formatted at JPEG or PNG format. The emote will appear as a 14x by 14px image in comments and 16px by 16px when people are chatting live.

meh cat youtube gaming emote

Emote Design Strategies for YouTube Gaming

Find creative ideas for your emotes since they are one of the automated selling points of your brand. Make something that can be used in context on other channels while still pointing back to your personal style and content. Above all, make it visually appealing. 

Play around with several ideas before you create your first emote. As you grow as a broadcaster, your viewers will be able to give you their own ideas, and this process will become much more manageable. Here are a few things you should consider when creating your designs:

Design Emotes to Look Great at a Small Size

Remember that emotes are tiny and may not be able to pick up small details and shading. Keep the overall design simple. YouTube Gaming’s competitor, Mixer recommends that their broadcasters use an 8-bit design method, and this strategy works across platforms. This can also be reminiscent of old-school gaming.

Colors You Should Use For YouTube Gaming Emotes  

If you stream on a server that allows their users to toggle between light and dark backgrounds, think of a design that will work well in both settings. YouTube Gaming’s competitor, Twitch, recommends that you create a thin line of off-white around the emote. They suggest 1px of the color code #F1F1F1. This makes the outline noticeable when on dark mode and the color isn’t distracting on light mode. 

Choose colors that will stand out. Make sure they are related to your band and can be identified to you, but vibrant shades will be clearer at such a small size. 

Avxry youtube gaming emotes
Avxry‘s YouTube Gaming emotes

Maximize the Space for Your YouTube Emotes

When creating your emote, make sure to “fill in” as much of the provided space as you can. When you (or your graphic designer) create in that square, go as close to the edge as you can. This way, the image will be “larger” when you resize it to the appropriate size. 

Sync your YouTube Gaming account with BetterTTV to preview your emote before you submit it. You can view it in the right size and make any tweaks you need before it goes live.

Design Unique Emotes for Your YouTube Gaming 

Don’t make “your version” of every other emote unless you come up with a fantastic idea to improve it. While you should stay on brand, try to keep the emote something that can be used relevantly on other channels. 

As you grow and unlock more emotes, create a couple of designs that require more than one remote for the full effect. If you can create one that is customizable, even better. I’ve seen a few streamers that have created the emotes with the following two letters: LI, VE, LO, FE. Depending on how these are placed, they can spell Live, Love, Life, and for those using nicotine pouches: Velo. Find your own version of this that resonates with your viewers. 

Celebrate Your Stream Community’s Traditions with Emotes

If you have a catchphrase or your community develops an “inside joke” over time, create an emote to celebrate it. This is a great way to reward your viewers for their input and it is likely something they will want to spam all the time. Additionally, it is an excellent promotional tool. When new users visit your channel and see your viewers having fun, they will want to understand the emote. In time, they will want to use it to join in with the others, and you’ll gain another member.

Emotes Based on Your Personality or Content

Create emotes based on your content,  especially if it centers  around one or two activities. You can also design emotes about hobbies or fandoms that you talk about with your viewers. These emotes will be of a niche design that can relate to your channel and will stand out if your followers use it on other channels with related content. This could earn you a couple subscribers even when you’re offline. 

Gamexplain youtube emotes
GameXplain‘s YouTube Gaming Emotes

Keep YouTube Gaming Emotes Simple

Remember that simplicity is key. When creating emotes, try to maximize the look by using thicker lines, detail that will only appear in all emote sizes, and high color values. 

What You Shouldn’t Put on Your Emotes

Make sure to follow YouTube  Gaming’s guidelines of your streaming platform. Don’t create emotes that are sexual or violent in nature, are related to drugs, or can be used to harass someone in a hateful way. Keep things clean and enjoyable for everyone. 

Use Your Emotes to Promote Your YouTube Gaming Channel

Once you have created your emotes, you can use them to promote your YouTube Gaming channel. 

Let your viewers (or limit it to members) vote for new designs on Discord. This is a great way to know that you are appealing to your audience. 

If you want to limit it to members, post the options in your member-only channel and take their feedback. Read How to Create Your Stream Channel’s Discord Server for more information.

Once your emotes have been approved, share them on your social media account. Don’t be too overly-promotional. Show your excitement instead. 


Having unique emotes on your YouTube Gaming channel is a great way to build your community. If you notice that one of your emotes is rarely used or isn’t popular, you can always replace it. Continually listen to your viewers and give them what they need to stay involved.

About the Author


Luci is a novelist, freelance writer, and active blogger. A journalist at heart, she loves nothing more than interviewing the outliers of the gaming community who are blazing a trail with entertaining original content. When she’s not penning an article, coffee in hand, she can be found gearing her shieldmaiden or playing with her son at the beach.

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