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Twitch Launches Follower Emotes Feature, Says Animated Emotes for Affiliates Are Coming Soon

"Follower Emotes are now available to all Partners & Affiliates with instant upload eligibility!"
"Follower Emotes are now available to all Partners & Affiliates with instant upload eligibility!" / Image courtesy of Twitch

The Follower Emotes feature is now available for all Twitch Partners and Affiliates to use on their channels, the American video live streaming service company announced Wednesday.

After initially being announced in June 2021, Follower Emotes have been rolled out in full, with Twitch aiming for them to be available on mobile devices by the end of January.

With content creators on the platform long asking for better ways to attract and welcome new viewers to their channels, the feature aims to offer a new tier of channel emotes to viewers as a free benefit for hitting the “Follow” button.

Creators can select up to five emotes to populate the new free tier, accessed via the recently-added Emotes page of Creator Dashboard. There, they can upload new emotes, reassign them from other tiers, or choose from a selection of default emotes provided by Twitch.

Follower Emotes can only be used in the chat of the channel in which they are unlocked.

Additionally, Twitch put out an update on the state of Animated Emotes.

While the moving emoticons are currently only available to all Partners on the platform, Twitch added that they "expect all affiliates to have access to them by the end of January."