On the site's official blog on September 21, Twitch President Dan Clancy wrote a letter revealing the streaming platform's revenue-sharing program. After their first $100k earned from premium subscriptions, the platform will modify its previous 70/30 split for top streamers to an even 50/50 split. This change is scheduled to take effect on June 1st, 2023.
Clancy states that this shift is occurring due to the cost of hosting so many streams at the present quality at which they are hosted, as well as the lower payout threshold, as explained in the following excerpt:
The president of Twitch says the payout threshold is being reduced, and streamers' income has increased over the years.
Many Twitch streamers, including many of the most well-known content creators, have expressed their displeasure at the news. One of the main complaints about this change is that the amount of advertising shown for streams will only increase to compensate for the decrease in revenue. Asmongold, a World of Warcraft streamer with over 3 million followers, tweeted as such on the day of the publication:
Some streamers have begun to contemplate moving from Twitch to YouTube in order to continue streaming. However, others, such as Destiny content creator FalloutPlays, are concerned about the viewer experience changing as a result of the possible switch.
Twitch is no stranger to controversy, including its imposition of highly-paid content creators and allegations of sexual harassment within the community. Nevertheless, this instance will certainly be a blemish on the company's history.