Competing directly with twitch and Mixer, Youtube have opened up their subscription paid service…to everyone.
The catch. you need at least 1,000 free subscribers and to be over 18yrs old.
Once that is achieved you can ask your viewers to pay a monthly fee (now $5.99AU and NZD ) that unlocks custom emotes, immunity to chat slow mode and participation in sponsor-only chats.
Unlike Twitch where you apply to partner before you can get that coveted subscribe button.
This also signals the loss of Youtube’s paid channel, which from Dec 1 2017 will cease to exist.
This is how the breakdown works:
- On September 19, 2017, you will no longer be able to create new paid content on YouTube, and new viewers will no longer be able to pay to subscribe to creator content. All your existing paid channels or videos will continue to show until December 1, 2017.
- On November 1, 2017, viewers will stop being charged for any existing subscriptions. We’ll let all current subscribers know via email one month before paid channels are turned off.
- On December 1, 2017, all paid content will automatically be made private. You have full control over keeping these videos private or making them public (as free videos to watch). Individual videos purchased (not rented) by viewers should not be removed so that users will be able to access their purchases until December 1, 2022 per purchase terms.
So if your channel is eligible, you can enable it yourself today at youtube.com/features and immediately begin growing your sponsorship base.
YouTube will also be testing out another version of sponsorships with a handful of non-gaming creators on the main YouTube app.