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50 Most Popular Twitch Emotes [Meaning & Origin]

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Every second, thousands of emotes are used across Twitch, conveying several emotions and thoughts as users interact with each other. With so many emotes, it can be overwhelming for a newcomer to understand even the most popular Twitch emotes.

While the platform periodically adds new emojis to compete with the most used Twitch emotes, many Twitch users download the extension BTTV. This third party platform gives users a wider range of options when deciding which emote to choose.

To help integrate you into the community, we have listed 50 of the most popular Twitch emotes that are used each day. While some can only be seen with the BTTV extension, understanding the meaning behind these will help you dive deeper into the culture.

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Frequently Asked Questions

What is the Most Popular Twitch Emote?

According to StreamElements.

At the time of this writing, TriHard was the most used Twitch emote, by nearly half a billion usages. LUL and the Twitch heart emote came in second and third with an approximate 75 million usage difference.

What is Twitch Lingo?

Twitch lingo is the term for the language and emotes that surround Twitch culture. They are words that were born from the streaming platform and continue to be used and understand casually on a daily basis. Terms include the names of emotes or words like malding.

Who are the Twitch Emotes?

Many of the Twitch emotes are based on Twitch streamers or Twitch staff. Examples include Kappa, HeyGuys, and PRChase for Twitch staff and PogChamp, MingLee, and KKona for streamers.

What Makes a Good Twitch Emote?

Twitch emotes get popular where there is a clear intention for how they are used. For example LUL is often used when people are laughing, Kappa is used when people are being sarcastic or joking, and HeyGuys is used when people are saying hello.

How Do I Add Emotes to Twitch 2020?

To add emotes to your Twitch channel, you will need to first reach Affiliate status, then upload them in your dashboard. They will need to initially go through an approval process when you first start streaming. As you gain subscribers to your channel, you will unlock more emote slots.

How Do I Use BetterTTV Emotes?

To see and use BetterTTV emotes on Twitch, you will need to install the BTTV plugin on your browser. At that point, all you will need to do is type in the text relating to the emote in chat and the emote will be displayed alongside other popular Twitch global emotes.

What is Emote Short For?

When used to describe emoji or small images used in text, the word emote is short for the word emoticon.

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.

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