Twitch’s extensive catalog of emotes is one of the most recognizable things about the site. These emotes made Josh DeSeno, employee of the now-defunct Justin.tv (which became Twitch), one of the most recognizable faces in the world, since he is the model for the ubiquitous Kappa emote.
You have the basic emotes, which you can find translated in our emoji-English dictionary, and then you have the ones that you’ll only find on Twitch.
One of the first things you learn on Twitch is the language of its unique emotes. Before you know it, “Pogchamp” will be shorthand for “excited,” “DansGame” will mean you’re disgusted, and the omnipresent “Kappa” face will punctuate all your dry sarcasm. With Twitch swiftly becoming a social site, the emotes go a long way towards creating a sense of community.
But while Twitch’s native emotes can be more than enough for most to express themselves, it can be fun to have even more emotes. Here are a few ways you can have more Twitch emotes in your life!
Subscribe to Channels
The most popular of Twitch channels may apply for partnership, which adds a Subscribe button to their channel. One of the benefits which partnered channels offer their paid subscribers is access to a series of emotes. If you want to know how to pay for a channel subscription, here’s a rough guide.
There are tiers of emotes, and the more subscribers a channel has, the more emotes it can have. The lowest tier (0 subscribers) can have two emotes, which though partnered streamers should have more in no time. Meanwhile, highest listed on Twitch’s site (7,000 subscribers) can have up to 50 emotes. So depending on how popular the streamer in question is, you might get a very large amount of emotes for a relatively small price.
If you think that the emotes you have just aren’t enough, and you’re willing to spend a little money, then there’s no better way of doing that than to find a channel with emotes you like and subscribing. You can use sub emotes in every other channel on Twitch as often as you like. The site TwitchEmotes offers an extensive database if you want to see channels by its emotes, but I recommend exploring the channels and finding a streamer you really like!
Not every streamer can be partnered with Twitch, so only a small percentage of them can offer emotes natively to their viewers. Luckily, intrepid streamers have found ways around that. One of the ways they have done so is with FrankerFace, which we have said is an essential extension for Twitch viewers that use Chrome.
FrankerFaceZ is a Twitch extension with multiple uses. The main one for our purposes is the extensive catalog of emotes that it offers. There are over 70,000 publicly-visible emotes in the FFZ library. Streamers can submit their own emotes to FFZ to add them to the library, though they have to be approved by FFZ first.
FFZ has a number of other features that make it an essential extension for Twitch users. It’s available for download from the Frankerface website, and it’s available for every kind of browser available, from Chrome and Firefox to the little-known Pale Moon browser. It’s worth considering not just for the emotes, but for the special features it adds to the Twitch experience.
We’ve written about BTTV before (multiple times, in fact), but for a good reason: the extension is absolutely invaluable to getting the best Twitch experience possible. Several of its features have been incorporated into Twitch officially, and longtime users will have trouble figuring out where the native twitch features end and the BTTV features begin.
BTTV has two benefits for those looking for more Twitch emotes: First, it replaces the base Twitch emote menu with a more extensive menu featuring all of the global emotes that BTTV offers, as well as all your sub emotes.
Second, it also offers a make-your-own-emotes option, similar to FrankerFace. Streamers can upload five of their own emotes to their channel, for their own viewers to see and use. For submission, you just have to submit your own emotes (they all have to be approved before they go live) in PNG format.
BTTV is available from the developer’s site for a number of different browsers, including Chrome, Firefox, and Safari. If you like the BTTV emotes but prefer FFZ for its enhancement options, there’s BetterTTV Emotes for FrankerFaceZ, an extension that will add all of BTTV’s global emotes as well as the channel-specific emotes, so that you can use them all!
Twitch Emotes Outside of Twitch
More emotes on Twitch is always a good thing, but what about Twitch emotes outside of Twitch? There are a number of communities built around streamers on other sites, with Reddit and Discord in particular being havens for Twitch viewers, and there are probably a number of Twitch-savvy gamers on the popular gaming forums.
Luckily, there’s an extension for that, too. With an extension called Global Twitch Emotes installed, text that is the same as the Twitch emotes, like Kappa, will be replaced with the emotes themselves. It’s perfect for interacting with communities of your fellow Twitch streamers/viewers.
Global Twitch Emotes is available as an extension for Chrome, Firefox, and Opera, and should work with all text. Since there are very few words that look quite the same as Twitch emotes, you shouldn’t have a problem with the program interfering with your ordinary online reading. It should work with the browser version of Discord.
For Discord users who want to see emotes, they should try installing BetterDiscord, a program that enables all of Twitch’s native emotes, FFZ emotes, and BTTV emotes, all in one package. It also offers a number of other features for customizing Discord to your liking.
As for sub emotes, the streamer themselves has to enable theirs for use with their Discord server before they can be used. If you want to use your favorite streamers emotes, tell them to get on Discord like everyone else!
What Twitch emotes do you like best? Have you found any other way of having more emotes? Let us know in the comments below!