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Twitch is updating its subscription prices for a number of countries

The "first wave" of changes.

If you’re a streamer on Twitch and you’re somehow managing to make money off it, it seems there’s a bit of good news on the horizon. Well, provided you’re based in the UK, Canada, Australia, or Turkey. However, if you’re a subscriber to streamers, this may sting a little.

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In a recent blog post on Twitch, the Amazon-owned platform is going to up subscription costs for the above countries. Beginning March 28, Tier 1 subs will now be increased, except in Turkey, which will see all three tier prices rise. By quite a significant amount, I should add.

Twitch held a stream recently in the hope of clarifying some of the details. CMO Mike Minton says broadcasters with subscribers will still get the same revenue share. However, this also means the company will financially benefit as well.

Possibly more price increases coming?

As it stands, this is just an initial wave that Minton says will hopefully reward those who use the site for streaming purposes. This is especially important for anyone who makes a living doing so. Obviously, this could have a knock-on effect for the subscribers themselves, who, going forward, will have to pay out a bit more if they want to support their favorite channels.

As for whether this will roll out to the US and other countries, it’s hard to say at this point. It sounds like Twitch is implementing it in the UK, Canada, Australia, and Turkey first on a sort of trial basis. If it works out to be beneficial, then we could see it come to other nations.

It’s also important to note those days, as Twitch says, “you’ll keep earning the same amount per Prime sub as you do today until June 3rd when [Twitch will] switch to the published, per country payout rates.” It’s definitely worth reading through everything and watching the posted video if you feel these developments will affect you.


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