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How Do Twitch Drops Work?

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Twitch Drops are a great way for developers and organizations to reward their communities in a fun way. You can almost always find a game that is offering drops on Twitch, and you’ll be able to start earning exclusive rewards for those games through watching Twitch streamers.

Twitch Drops are in-game rewards that viewers receive when watching specific content on Twitch. These exclusive rewards are often created by game devs as a part of a promotion. They will distribute them to specific streamers or categories on Twitch to encourage content creation and viewing. Drops typically occur at the time of an announcement or at the launch of a new game. 

Where to Get Twitch Drops

To find Twitch drops, you will need to log in to your Twitch account and visit the browse section. Scroll through the games until you find one that has a turquoise section in the upper right-hand corner of the game. This mark shows that the game offers in-game drops. If you click on the game, it should confirm that it gets drops under the game’s title. 

You might also be able to find drops on the Twitch subreddit or in gaming forums. 

Who Sets up Twitch Drops?

Drops are set up by game developers and organizations. Every drops program will be slightly different depending on what the developer wants to give as a drop, the number of times they want to give it, and which streamers are eligible to give out Twitch drops. 

How to Earn Twitch Drops

To earn Twitch drops, you will typically need to complete the following steps:

  1. Step 1

    Find a game that offers Twitch drops, and search through the category for a participating streamer. 

  2. Step 2

    Click the link under the stream’s title to visit the developer’s page. 

  3. Step 3

    Link your Twitch account to your game account. 

  4. Step 4

    Once you have synced your accounts, watch and interact with participating streams. 

How Often Do Twitch Drops Happen

Twitch Drops will vary depending on the campaign, but most people have a chance of receiving one if they spend a good amount of time watching the right category. The rules of what you will need to do to qualify for drops will also vary from game to game. The rule for VALORANT was that you needed to watch the game for 2 hours. Even if you didn’t watch again after the initial 2 hours, you could receive a drop days later. 

How to Know When You Get a Twitch Drop

When you receive a Twitch Drop, you will get a notification on Twitch. You will be able to see that you’ve received your prize if you check the notification messages in the top bar or search through your Twitch inventory, under the drop-down menu below your name. 

Can You AFK Twitch Drops?

You can no longer be AFK for Twitch drops. Most new drop campaigns require you to claim it when it drops and if you are away from your computer, the drop will move on to the next person before you can claim it. You may be able to watch the stream on your second screen, but you still need to pay close enough attention to notice the drop.


Twitch Drops are a fun bonus that you can receive for watching one of your favorite games on Twitch. Not only can you help support Twitch creators, but you’ll also be able to learn about the game and earn rewards.

About the Author


Eljayem_, is a Twitch Partner with a background in video production. He is passionate about combining his love for video with community building. He’s been playing video games since he was old enough to steal his Brothers GameBoy Colour, copy of Pokemon Blue, and accidentally waste his Master Ball on a Dratini.

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