Some of you may have heard the whispers about an exciting new program coming to UK universities – the Twitch Student Program. Here’s a breakdown to bring you up to speed!
What is the Twitch Student Program?
Twitch Student aims to get more university students streaming and provide them with the platform to learn new skills, represent their university and create a self-sustaining community on Twitch. The scheme has already been rolled out to multiple universities in the US and, through the NUEL, is being brought to UK universities.
The program has two “levels”:
Level One involves setting up your university Twitch channel with clips, branding etc. and starting to broadcast regularly. Once you’ve hit Twitch’s 9 hours a week of broadcasting (as recommended by Twitch) and shown you’re serious about streaming, you can be eligible for Level Two.
Level Two channels will become Twitch Partners – this means university societies can generate revenue from subscribers and adverts! Universities at Level Two can also get Twitch swag and custom emotes. The idea is that being able to generate revenue through your Twitch channel means you will be less reliant on your Students Union, or University, for funding.
Which universities are involved?
The NUEL has chosen 5 universities who have shown they are serious about streaming to be part of our pilot scheme. These are:
- University of Manchester
- Keele University
- University of Warwick
- De Montfort University
- University of Salford
What role do the NUEL play?
The main barrier to societies reaching Level Two is faculty support. In the US, universities are more likely to get involved in esports clubs and some universities even recognise esports as varsity sports. In the UK, there tends to be very little faculty support.
In situations where a society does not have faculty support, the NUEL will act as faculty support and provide continuity between transitioning committees.
The NUEL will also act as an intermediary between universities and Twitch by enabling partnership, front-page promotion and helping societies improve their broadcasts through workshops.
How do I get involved?
If the pilot scheme is successful, we’ll start to roll out the program to other UK universities. If you want to get a head start, you could start working towards broadcasting 9 hours a week and building your society’s brand.
Once the pilot scheme is over in March, we will release more information about how to get involved so keep your eyes peeled on our social media and this blog!
In the meantime, you can watch the progress of the lucky 5 universities through the NUEL Twitch Team.