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How to Become a Channel Member on YouTube Gaming in 2021

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Youtube channel memberships are a great way to show support for your favorite streamers. YouTube only takes 30% of the monthly fee, less than the 50% that Twitch takes from their streamers. You can get a membership from several individual channels and enjoy the creator perks offered by the streamer.

Channel memberships will deduct a specified amount each month that will be split with YouTube to support the streamer. The more members a channel has, the more perks they are able to unlock for their viewers, such as extra YouTube Gaming emotes

This post will teach you how to become a member of YouTube Gaming channels. If you can’t find either of these options, it is because the channel isn’t eligible for the feature or they haven’t enabled it. 

How Do YouTube Channel Memberships Work?

Once a YouTuber qualifies for the YouTube Partner Program, they may be able to offer memberships on their brands if they meet a few other requirements (making “not-for-kid videos, having at least 1000 subs, following YouTube’s community guidelines, etc).

At that point, they can set up their own YouTube channel memberships based on what they want to offer their community. Unlike other streaming platforms, YouTube allows its partners to set up several tiers at their own price-point to offer potential active paid members.

These tiers must be set between $1 and $49.99. Additionally, they should have differentiating membership perks so that higher-paid tiers get more value.

Once you sign up for a channel membership, you will be added to a monthly billing cycle and the funds will be automatically deducted from you. You can end membership at any time, though your subscription will last until the end of the billing period.

Become a Channel Member on YouTube on a Live Channel

When watching a YouTube Gaming channel live, you can become a member by completing the following:

  1. Step 1

    Click on the “Join” button next to the “Subscribe” button underneath the video player. 

  2. Step 2

    Choose the membership level of your choice (if applicable as some channels will only have one level).

  3. Step 3

    Input your payment information, then click the “Buy” button.

You should now be a member of the channel. 

How to Become a YouTube Gaming Member on an Offline Channel

When watching a YouTube Gaming channel live, you can become a member by completing the following:

  1. Step 1

    Click on the “Join” button next to the “Subscribe” button underneath the video player. 

  2. Step 2

    Choose the membership level of your choice (if applicable as some channels will only have one level).

  3. Step 3

    Input your payment information, then click the “Buy” button.

You should now be a member of the channel and will be able to start receiving channel membership benefits.

Perks Offered to a Channel Member

When you have a paid membership to a YouTube channel, you will gain access to membership perks. Some are automatically given to you by YouTube, while others are set up by the streamer and may change from channel to channel.

YouTube Perks

With a participating channel membership status, you will be able to receive membership perks from YouTube. Here is what you can expect:

  1. Exclusive Membership Badge

    When signing up for YouTube channel memberships, you will be given exclusive channel member badges for each channel.

  2. Channel Emotes

    Your favorite YouTubers can create custom emoji that you will be able to use when you have an active paid membership. The more members a channel has, the more emojis the channel will be able to add.

  3. Members-Only Community Posts

    Another popular memberships features are the members-only posts that creators will frequently send out. These can only be seen by paid members to a channel.

  4. Members-Only Live Chat

    Occasionally, the channel will set the live chat to members-only. In this case, only you and other people with a channel membership will be able to talk in the chat of the YouTube channel.

Creator Perks

When you become a channel member, you may also benefit from perks that have been set up by the YouTuber. These will vary by channel, but most creators will set up benefits for active paid members. A common memberships feature may include one of the following:

  1. Discord Channels

    Many creators will set up special Discord channels for those with their YouTube channel memberships. These are places when members can talk to the creator, vote on upcoming streams, or anything else the YouTuber has in mind.

  2. Exclusive Content

    YouTubers will occasionally create exclusive content for members and show them either on YouTube or as a video uploaded as private.

  3. Giveaways

    If you have a channel membership, you may be eligible for any giveaways made by the YouTube channel. Again, this is entirely up to the creator.

Frequently Asked Questions

While I Still Be Charged Monthly Recurring Payments if the YouTube Channel Stops Creating Content?

As a channel member, you will be charged monthly recurring payments even if YouTube has stopped producing content. You would need to cancel the paid channel membership to ensure that you are no longer charged. Note that if you cancel, you are likely to lose exclusive access to the other areas of their brand (such as their Patreon or Discord).

Can You Become a Channel Member to the Same YouTube Channel Multiple Times?

You do not have to actively click the “Join” button each month to remain a member of your favorite YouTube channels. Instead, you will be charged a monthly recurring payment when each current billing cycle ends.

Any member who cancels their membership loses access at the end of the paid subscriptions. That being said, if they become a channel member again, they will resume receiving membership perks where they left off.

Conclusion

When you support a YouTube Gaming channel, you make it more likely that that streamer will be able to continue to create content for months to come. You may also have access to special perks that the streamer set up, such as custom Discord channels. 

About the Author

Luci

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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