Kick vs. Twitch: Key Differences Between Streaming Platforms
New streaming platform Kick launched in October 2022, backed by Tyler ‘Trainwreck’ Niknam and has marketed itself as a creator-friendly platform, in juxtaposition with Twitch, YouTube and Facebook. The platform has garnered support from some popular streamers, touting itself as having favorable policies that’d attract even the smallest of content creators. While the platform is still in its beta, it is looking to compete with giants like Twitch. Here is all you need to know about the difference between the two popular streaming platforms along with a comparison of Kick Vs. Twitch.
Kick vs. Twitch: Streamer revenue and Affiliate status
Kick promised to be a creator-friendly streaming platform that would let them get a larger share of the earnings compared to its competition. Kick promises a 95-5 revenue split compared to Twitch’s 50-50 and a 100% split on Kicks, the streaming platform’s donation service. It can also give streamers same day payouts, not having to wait for the end of the month to collect their revenue.
Kick also gives streamers the option to become an affiliate earlier than Twitch. For getting Twitch’s affiliate status, you need to meet the following requirements:
At least 500 total minutes broadcast in the last 30 days.
At least 7 unique broadcast days in the last 30 days.
An average of 3 concurrent viewers or more over the last 30 days.
At least 50 Followers.
For Kick, you need to fulfill the following requirements:
Reach 75 Followers.
Stream for a total of 5 hours.
Kick vs. Twitch: Gambling
Twitch doesn’t allow users to share links or affiliate codes to sites where you can gamble including slots, roulette and dice games. Twitch also prohibits any streamer from broadcasting sites that aren't licensed in their jurisdictions. Kick has looser regulations when it comes to streaming gambling. While gambling with other users is prohibited, streamers can stream online poker and blackjack depending on the regulations of their country.
Kick vs. Twitch: Features
Twitch has been live since 2011 and has had plenty of features integrated into the platform. It also has had plenty of time to iron out bugs. Kick is in beta so it lacks a lot of the features and tools that Twitch provides streamers.
Kick is currently in its early stages, and attracting some popular streamers like Destiny and Adin Ross. Whether or not it manages to divert enough of a streamer and viewer base away from Twitch remains to be seen, given that other streaming platforms like Mixer have tried and failed in the past to sustain their initial momentum.