One of the best things about Twitch is that you can watch it for free and most content creators will never ask you to financially support them if you can’t. The good news is that if you want to support your favorite streamers, there are several things you can do without spending a dime.
How to Support Twitch Streamers Without Spending Money
If you want to support streamers without money, try one of the following things:
1. Share and Engage with Social Media Posts
One of the best ways you can help a steamer is by promoting their work to other people or engaging with it to help it be featured on other pages. Even if you are unable to help a streamer financially, engaging with their social media accounts or YouTube channel could bring people into the community who can support them monetarily.
Some of the benefits of interacting with content outside of Twitch are the following:
- Share your favorite clips from the streamer on your social media platforms. These short highlights from the stream can help your friends be interested in their content.
- Sharing a relevant post on Twitter or Facebook will introduce the streamer to your friends. While you don’t have to share everything the streamer creates, sharing content valuable to your community could increase the streamer’s viewership over time.
- Liking (or even disliking), sharing, and commenting on a video on YouTube will all send signs to the platform that the video is worth watching. Supporting a channel on a consistent basis will give it more relevance in YouTube’s eyes over time.
2. Join the Streamer’s Discord Community
A streamer is only as strong as their community. While the content creator will attract viewers to their channel through engaging material, they can only continue to grow if people join their community. Interaction with others is a pivotal way you can connect with others to make them feel at home.
Read the rules of the Discord channel and make sure that you follow them. Don’t be overly aggressive in your desire to connect with others. Keep it natural and sincere. Be kind to new members. Don’t make them feel as though they have to “prove themselves” to belong to the community. The sooner someone feels accepted, the more likely they are to stay. They will also then, most likely, be more accepting of others as the server continues to grow.
If you have a common interest in games or titles, reach out and play with other members of the community. Be inclusive and outreach to new members who may want to game with you and your friends.
3. Be Active in Twitch Chat
Many new viewers will judge a streamer based on the activity level of their chat. When a chat is active, people are more likely to start chatting themselves. As new people enter the chat, welcome them, and try to find ways to engage with them. Talk to them about their username or ask them where they are from. Read what they say and if they seem interested in something, try to talk to them about it.
Spam hype emotes every time the streamer is raided or when someone donates a large amount to them. Show genuine excitement and be happy that the streamer is being supported.
4. Apply to Be a Moderator
If the streamer is looking for moderators and asks for applicants, submit one. Don’t message the streamer or beg to become a moderator. Every streamer will have their own strategy on who they want to promote as moderators. They need to choose people with whom they are fully comfortable.
The best way to show that you would be a good moderator is to do the following:
- Always follow the rules of the channel.
- Don’t cause drama.
- Support the streamer doing the other things on this chat.
If the streamer doesn’t ask you to become a mod, don’t take it personally, and don’t be frustrated. Remember, you are here to learn how to support them. They may change their mind in the future and ask you to be a mod.
5. Watch Ads for Free Bits or Use Your Prime Gaming
Depending on where you live, you may have the chance to watch ads for Twitch bits. Each ad takes about 30 seconds to view and you will earn at least 5 bits per viewing. Occasionally, you can earn up to 100 bits for watching a single ad. Save up your bits and over time, you’ll be able to donate the bits to your favorite streamer without having to spend any actual pocket money.
If you already pay for Amazon Prime, you can sync your Amazon account to your Twitch account and take advantage of the Prime Gaming sub. Each month, you can sub with Prime Gaming to your favorite channel for free. The streamer will still be able to get financial support through the sub and you’ll be able to use their emotes in chat.
Even if you can’t financially support a streamer, you can support them further in the above ways. Building a channel is hard work and streamers have to do many things to generate growth. You can help lessen their load in many different ways.