Let's get right into some numbers about Twitch. Twitch has self-reported Partner counts of 27,000 as of... well whenever they updated that FAQ.
Others have the count at closer to 35,000.
Some quick math says about 6% of the total amount of streaming accounts (both partnered and affiliate) have achieved partnership on Twitch!
And out of the 2.2 million overall broadcasters reported in February 2019 (which has since increased), only 23% overall are affiliates, and a mere 1.6% are partnered.
So ah... COOL NUMBERS SKULL. But how many of those are still actively streaming?
We'll get into the numbers real quick but it's important to remember that once you achieve affiliate or partnership, there's no system in place to take it away from you. So as long as your account still exists, it still contributes to these counts. So the numbers up above aren't that relevant. They sound good on paper though!
It's also worth noting that the official counts aren't reported with any regularity whatsoever. You can speculate on why data is released so infrequently in this regard, but my guess is that the current stats don't generate any positive newsworthy hype, so they're under-reported. My logic: "If the numbers are massive and growing, they'd talk about them more."
So, in general, to get this kind of data you have to go to outside third party services that tap into the Twitch API. For this purpose here on out, we'll be referencing Sullygnome!
To spare you the onerous job of adding up the yellow (non-affiliate), blue (affiliate), and purple (partner) sections, I've allotted them into the table below:
From these stats, we can draw a few conclusions:
94% of all streamers broadcast to 0-5 viewers.
15.5% of all active streamers are affiliates.
0.9% of all active streamers are partners.
7,650 out of 2.3M streamers are partners streaming to 100+ viewers. This represents 0.3% of all active streamers, and the portion of streamers I would consider numerically successful.
If there are indeed 35,000 total partnered accounts as referenced at the top of this post, that would indicate that only 19,769 out of 35,000 are now active. That means there's a partner attrition rate of 44%.
If you compare this to the 8,363 partners that stream to 50 or fewer people, that's ...42% of the total partners.
That's an eerily close number.
Close enough to make me assume that if you stream to 50 or fewer people, you probably can't do that indefinitely. Speaking from a financial standpoint, I currently stream from a position of about 60 concurrent viewers as a partnered streamer. I know I'm able to tread water and keep ahead of my expenses (just barely) thanks to the incredible generosity of my community.
Where I'm going with all this is that success is rare, even among those who are partnered. There aren't many people out here who can help, there's even fewer that will help, and among those that fit these two bills, can they also deliver simple and effective methods that work?
You need a plan. You need tools. This site exists to help you get them and hone them. It's also here to share with you my successes as well as my failures so that you can do it better.
I want you to succeed, but I also wanted to put success in terms of statistics to let you know how hard you're gonna have to work for it. I need you to commit! Otherwise who the hell else am I going to write for? <3
Love you, boneheads.
Oh and if you're getting started. This is the place where you do it.