Previously, Twitch iOS app users were not able to subscribe to their favourite streamers and channels but starting today, they can do so directly from the app, albeit with a catch. If a subscription costs say $5 through the Twitch website, it will cost you an extra $1 if you subscribe through the Twitch iOS app.
As detailed by Twitch on its website, subscriptions on iOS work differently than on desktop. Here’s how it works:
Viewers first need to purchase iOS Sub Tokens through the Twitch app. Each token can be redeemed for a one-month Tier 1 subscription. You can then extend your subscription by redeeming more tokens or by purchasing more tokens to redeem later:
These Sub Tokens can be redeemed on any Affiliate or Partner channel that offers Tier 1 subscriptions, and they offer the same benefits as if you subscribed on desktop: sub badges, subscriber emotes, ad-free viewing, sub-only chat—all of it.
Creators get paid a share of the iOS subscription, just as they do for subscriptions purchased on other platforms.
Twitch says that to ensure streamers earn a similar revenue from Subs regardless of platform, iOS Sub tokens cost $5.99 to account for mobile app store fees.