Twitch Partners can give subscribers emotes to use globally.
The number of emotes is tied to the number of subscribers. As of April 2017, these are the subscriber requirements:
With the revamped emote tiers, you can no longer lose emote slots, even if your subscriber count fluctuates. The new system is also way more granular than the old one that only had 13 tiers
Twitch Affiliates gain access to one emote.
There are a number of requirements, some of which are:
- Three sizes per emote:
- File size <=25 kB
Many emotes follow a naming convention that makes it easy for new subscribers to memorize your emotes.
First, you need a prefix
Obviously, you should make it as short as possible. The prefix is lowercase.
Unfortunately, prefixes are autogenerated for affiliates, which, honestly, is just kind of a mess:
Then you need a suffix for the specific emote.
The suffix is either capitalized or entirely uppercase, and there doesn’t appear to be any meaningful pattern for this. Full uppercase is easier to write and memorize, and most will assume and prefer this. Unfortunately, emote suffixes are capitalized extremely inconsistently beyond any pattern that I can recognize:
|D||shock and outrage|
|REKT||well done (not)|
Check out a list of Lirik’s emotes and browse some of the other Twitch emotes for inspiration.
stats.streamelements.com is also a great place to get an overview of popular emotes.
(Also consider getting your own animated
Rare dance for BTTV.)
What are some of the typical reactions in your chat, and are there any inside jokes or tropes on the stream that might inspire an emote?
With BetterTTV installed, go to https://manage.betterttv.net, then My Emotes. You can now add your own custom emotes to your channel, regardless of whether you’re a partner or have any emote slots. You can also use the many free BTTV emotes available on the site.
This is with the software installed, and it’s not supported on Twitch’s mobile app, so mind the caveats of using this compared to natively as a partnered streamer. You’ll also have to make sure you’ve enabled animated emotes in the BTTV settings, if you want to view those rather than their command text.
The same can be accomplished with the BTTV alternative FrankerFaceZ, though the selection is very different.
$9.99 and $24.99 emotes
Twitch have added two new sub tiers on top of the regular $4.99: $9.99 and $24.99. They tend to referred to as Tiers 1, 2, and 3 respectively.
Higher tiers help unlock new emote tiers by counting as multiple subscribers:
For each of these sub tiers, another emote is, or at least can be, unlocked.
What should a higher-tier emote be like? As far as I’m concerned, making people feel bad about a regular subscription is a bad way to go about it so I recommend just doing a skin or re-colour of an existing emote. That way, there’s a tangible reward that doesn’t feel exclusive to your regular subscribers.
- Viewable on both light and dark backgrounds—ie no all-white or -black
- Looks good in smaller size where they’ll generally be viewed
- Theme should be understandable without checking the text code
Twitch emote artists: have you seen this tool? https://t.co/4srXHHNrDj— Transient 🎮ers (@TransientGamers) November 13, 2017
It allows you test emotes (and flip them), sub badges, all against customizable backgrounds as well as edit message text/username and color
RT to save a life pic.twitter.com/DpToGGYWNT