Twitch has partnered with Monstercat and its Monstercat Gold subscription to provide streamers with DMCA-free music to use in their live streams, as well as fast-track streamers to affiliate status on Twitch to allow them to monetize their live stream.
How to Claim Twitch Affiliate with Monstercat Gold
Once your Gold account has been active for at least 30 days, log in and navigate to the “My Gold Features” section. Click the purple button that reads “Apply for Twitch Affiliate” and follow the instructions to enter your Twitch channel name.
Existing Monstercat Gold members will be able to immediately apply for affiliate status, as long as your account has been active for at least 30 days.
4 – Start Earning!
Twitch will email you with an invitation to their affiliate program within a few business days. Then you’ll be able to earn revenue from your streams right away!
Starting in June of 2020, streamers started to see DMCA strikes being enforced on their channels. Most of the strikes were from music that appeared in VODs and Clips from 1-2 years ago. More recently, on October 20th 2020, Twitch sent out a streamer-wide warning email to warn streamers that a new wave of DMCA strikes would be enforced on October 23rd, 2020. Streamers were forced to delete VODs and clips that contained copy-written content to avoid getting a strike.
From a streamers perspective, there was no other option than to delete all their memories. Twitch did not provide any tools or help to streamers during this time to better combat the DMCA strikes.
Due to the lack of help from Twitch themselves, prominent community members had to step in to try and help.
Since then, Twitch has launched a tool called “Twitch Soundtrack.” It is a music player that includes DMCA-free music usable by Twitch streamers. This Monstercat partnership appears to be another way for streamers to combat DMCA on Twitch, though the community is quite divided.
Though a partnership with a record label is a good thing for the future of Twitch, the included auto-affiliate bonus of the partnership has Twitch facing backlash from the community.
Some replies to this announcement tweet include:
People are clearly upset that something you previously had to work for can now be purchased.
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