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What are Bits and how do you get them? Read on to find answers to both questions.
How Do Twitch Viewers Use Bits?
What Are Bits to Viewers?
From a viewer's perspective Bits are an easy way to support a streamer you like. Bits are currency on Twitch. Viewers can get Bits to donate to streamers on the platform.
You can use the popular payment services Amazon Payments and PayPal to buy Bits. Chances are if you shop online you already have an account with one or both services.
100 Bits Is Not Worth $1
Twitch charges higher than the value of the Bits to users. They do this to make a profit and cover transaction costs.
You spend $7 to get 500 Bits on the website. On the Twitch Android application Bit costs are slightly higher as well.
There Are Sometimes Discounts on Bits
Sometimes Twitch offers discounts on Bits though. There is a first-time buyer’s package that gives 1000 Bits for $10.
I have seen other deals during major shopping related holidays as well.
How Do Twitch Streamers Use Bits?
What Are Bits to Streamers?
From streamers, prospective Bits get added to the earnings they make on Twitch.
This includes earnings from viewer subscriptions as well. Viewers can subscribe to streamers on Twitch for multiple benefits.
Bits Are Safe Donations
Bits are good for streamers as they have chargeback protection. This protects the streamers from fraud.
There are some people who give fake donations on Twitch and then charge it back.
What Is Cheering on Twitch?
Cheering on Twitch
The official term for donating Bits is cheering. So, when somebody donates Bits on a Twitch stream, they are cheering to the stream.
When you donate Bits, you pick an emote based on the number of Bits you donate.
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Why Do People Cheer on Twitch?
You might be thinking “Why would I pay money cheer on Twitch?!” Well, people do this often, and there are multiple reasons to do this.
Support a Favorite Twitch Streamer
Support with Donations
By donating Bits to streamers, you are supporting them and encouraging them to do better.
This is the main reason I donate Bits myself. Often newer streamers are still growing a community, so any support feels amazing.
Streamers Support Each Other
I have also seen some streamers donate Bits to other streamers as a sign of support as well. This is a potential to network with other content creators too.
Make the Stream Exciting
Donations Hype a Stream
I have seen people donate Bits to get the stream hyped. For somebody unfamiliar to Twitch this concept is somewhat hard to explain.
Often in very exciting moments of a stream people may start to subscribe or donate Bits to keep the action going.
Like a Crowd in a Sports Stadium
A good example would be a crowd at a sports stadium. When the players do something exciting the crowd may start to cheer or chat. People on Twitch do this as well.
A Twitch Channel Chat Is Also Part of the Entertainment
It is important to remember chat in streams is a part of the entertainment value. Sometimes the chat makes the stream more interesting by the things they do.
Get the Streamers Attention
Make Your Message Seen
Some people donate Bits to get the streamers attention. Not even the most attentive streamer will be able to respond to everything.
By donating Bits, you make sure your message gets seen.
This May Seem Odd
Donating Bits to message steamers may seem odd or not worth the money.
Well, some people view Twitch streamers as celebrities. Some Twitch streamers are very popular and have huge audiences.
This Is Worth the Money to Some People
I would say people who donate for attention may feel the same way about somebody who gets to meet their favorite actor or singer. In their minds, the donation is worth the cost.
Watch Video Ads for Bits
You can watch videos for Bits on Twitch if you live in the United States. You earn Bits for watching short video ads. Go to get Bits window. If available there will be a watch ad button.
Complete Surveys on TwitchRPG
How to Use TwitchRPG
To earn Bits completing surveys join TwitchRPG. This is a research program Twitch runs. Note this is a different account than your Twitch account and you need to sign up for this program.
You earn Bits for answering questions about streamers and other related topics.
What Kinds of Surveys Are on TwitchRPG?
Some of the surveys I have done were about certain streamers. I watched part of a stream and answered questions about if I liked the person or how they stream.
There usually were questions about product sponsorships as well.
How Bits You Earn Each Survey
The amount you get varies depending on the survey. I have gotten 100 bits from surveys and 500 from others.
None of the Free Bit Methods Work!
Sometimes There Are Not Videos
I am not sure how Twitch determines the availability of video ads. If there are no ads to watch I know this is frustrating, but I can’t do anything about it.
I Earn the Most Bits from TwitchRPG
I have earned the most Bits from doing surveys on TwitchRPG, but surveys are not too common.
If you do get a survey, make sure to do it as soon possible to make sure you get the Bit reward.
© 2019 Eric Farmer
Eric Farmer (author) from Rockford Illinois on July 05, 2020:
Thanks for reading. I mostly write on HubPages so people can understand things better. My tech articles are not so popular as my video game ones, but people seem to like them better.
Beanie Lei on July 05, 2020:
You explain techie concepts so clearly and I think you deserve more comments and readers! Thanks for this article!
Louise Powles from Norfolk, England on January 24, 2019:
Well, I've not watched any streaming on Twitch lately, but I have done in the past when a friend of mine used to stream his gaming. I quite enjoyed it. I didn't know about Twitch Bits or how they worked though, so thanks for the article. =)