Update on April 2nd, 2018: To recognize the generosity of our community, we created a badge that appears when you gift a sub. It stays visible for as long as any gift sub you have given is active, and disappears when your gifted subs(s) expire.
If you watched the TwitchCon Keynote, you might remember which announcement got the loudest cheer from the crowd: Subscription Gifting. We said it would be here in time for holiday shopping, and now we’re here to deliver! Starting today, you can gift 1-month subs to anyone on Twitch!
Since TwitchCon, we’ve been on a mission to launch new features that make it easier for you to show love to your favorite streamers. With the launch of Sub Gifting, we’re 66.7% of the way there! Next up: Purchasing Bits with PayPal. So stay tuned.
How does Subscription Gifting work?
We all know someone that deserves a gift sub. Maybe they are especially kind or encouraging to others. Maybe they have the best memes. But for whatever reason they haven’t been able join the party and sub. Now you can open the door and invite them in with a 1-month gift sub at the $4.99, $9.99, or $24.99 level.
Just click their name in chat and when their user card pops up you’ll see a **Gift a Sub** button. Or you can click the Subscribe button at the top of the channel page, select Gift a Sub and then type their username into the search field to select your recipient.
After you’ve completed your purchase, you can choose to show a message in chat that you’ve just gifted a sub to someone. We’ll let your recipient know they’ve received a gift via Notifications in the upper right corner of twitch.tv. You’ll see any subscriptions you’ve been gifted on your subscriptions management page.
Now you can support the streamers you love, and make someone’s day who deserves a sub with Subscription Gifting. Give the gift of Twitch for the holidays, birthdays, or just because.
As a perfect compliment to Subscription Gifting, we have a brand new Extension for Partners and Affiliates called Heroes, by GameWisp.
Heroes lets streamers shine a spotlight on the people who make Twitch incredible every day. Through Heroes’ Sub Gift Wishlist, Partners and Affiliates who install the Extension can call out viewers they feel are most deserving of sub gifts. Fans can then gift those lucky viewers a subscription right from the extension. Install it here.
Can I gift someone a $9.99 or $24.99 sub?
A. Yes, you can gift a subscription at all three price points: $4.99, $9.99 or $24.99.
Does a gifted sub count towards sub tenure? In other words, would a gifted sub extend my sub tenure if I canceled my sub but were still within the grace period for sub tenure?
A. Yes, a gifted sub will preserve/continue your sub tenure.
If I receive a gift sub to a channel I’ve never subbed to before, and after the gifted month I decide to continue the sub, does my tenure start at month one or month two?
A. Your tenure would start at month two, because gifted subs count toward sub tenure.
Can I buy a subscription to a channel for which I was gifted a sub?
A. Yes, you can! When you have an active gift subscription to a channel, you can purchase a subscription either using the subscription button in the upper right of the video player, or on your subscription management page. You will not be charged until after your gift subscription ends.
I tried to give someone a sub, and the Gift a Sub button is greyed out. Why?
A. If someone is already Subscribed or Banned in the channel, they cannot receive Gifts Subs in that channel. Banned users cannot send Gifts in channels where they are banned.
Can I buy someone an upgraded sub as a gift? My friend has a $4.99 sub and I want to gift him an upgrade to a $24.99 sub for a month.
A. Upgrades are not currently available through Subscription Gifting.
Can I buy someone a recurring sub?
A. Not at the moment. Gift subscriptions last one month.
Can I decline to receive a gifted subscription?
A. When someone gifts you a sub, you will automatically receive the subscription, and the Partner or Affiliate subscribed to will receive the support from that subscription. You may choose to disable the subscription benefits if that channel does not suit you, but we want to make sure the support still goes to that streamer, as the gifter intended. You can disable Gift Subscription benefits from your Subscriptions management page.
Are gifted subscriptions refundable?
A. No. All purchases are final.
How about team subscriptions?
A. Subscription Gifting is not available for team subscriptions at this time.
Can I gift a sub from the mobile apps or from subs.twitch.tv?
A. Gifting is not currently available from our mobile apps nor from subs.twitch.tv.
Can I gift a subscription through my Twitch Prime free subscription
A. No, Twitch Prime subscription can not be used to gift a subscription to another user.