What are sparks on Mixer
Sparks on Mixer are a free virtual currency earned through watch time. This currency can be spent on stickers, skills and other features that enhance your chatting experience in a stream.
If you’ve spent any time on Twitch, sparks are comparable to channel points. They are not directly worth any money but are used to engage viewers and give them something to reward watch time. If enough sparks are used in a channel, they can begin to benefit the streamer financially.
One big difference between Mixer sparks and Twitch channel points, however, is that you can earn sparks watching one channel, and then spend them in a different one. Whereas on Twitch channel points can only be used in the channel you earn them, rewarding you for watching each streamer, not just spending time on the platform.
How to earn sparks on Mixer
Sparks on Mixer are earned through watch time. This means for every minute you spend watching a streamer on the platform, you will accrue a number of sparks.
There are a variety of factors that change the number of sparks you earn per minute which can be understood much easier through this chart.
As you can see, the most amount of sparks per minute you can get it up to 300! However, it does require you to have a Pro Mixer account and to be subscribed to the channel you are watching.
So what can you do once you’ve started to acquire all of these sparks?
What can you use sparks for on Mixer
There are a couple of different things you can spend sparks on, these mainly fall under Skills and MixPlay, however, there is also a feature called Teams which cost 5000 Sparks to setup.
Teams allow you to build a network of people and friends that you enjoy interacting with. These teams don’t have many fleshed out features as of right now but we will keep this information up-to-date as new additions are rolled out across the platform.
What are skills on Mixer?
Skills are ways of creating a more interactive chatting experience. They include animated stickers, GIFs and chat games, that can be unlocked based on your level in someone’s stream. There are some skills that can be used via Sparks and others that require Embers.
As you spend time and use skills in someone’s channel, you begin to level up with XP. At different levels, you will begin to unlock more stickers and skills that have cooler effects and impact the chat more. These often also cost more.
There are three main types of Skills on Mixer which are as follows:
- Stickers: A simple large and detailed emote
- Effects: GIFs and animated stickers/effects used for reactions
- Rallies: Small and interactive chat games
Effects are something that we haven’t yet seen in streaming, being big and intrusive effects like an animated confetti cannon popping up and showering the chat in confetti.
We also have rallies which are mini-games played in the chat window, like trying to keep the beach ball in the air. These rallies are often behind large level walls in peoples chat and are assumed to cost a lot of points.
What is MixPlay?
MixPlay is a feature built into Mixer that allows viewers to directly interact with a game being played by a streamer. If the game is MixPlay compatible and the streamer has it enabled, you can spend sparks to impact the game in realtime.
Minecraft is one of the MixPlay compatible titles and allows any command in the game to be converted to a stream element that can be activated by a viewer. This can lead to special game modes being created and fully interactive experience for the streamer and viewers.
There are also ways that a streamer can set-up their MixPlay to allow a viewer to entirely control a game with their controller (Mixer being the first-party application on Xbox). Viewers can be encouraged to spend Sparks in a channel if they wanted to have brief control over the game.
How much are Sparks worth on Mixer
Sparks do not have a dollar value. However, if a streamer hits a large spark milestone during the month, they will receive a percentage increase in revenue on their ember earnings that month.
For example, a streamer earns $1000 via embers during the month, and they also receive 10,000,000 sparks. This milestone may give them a 5% increase in their ember earnings, so Mixer will payout $1050 at the end of the month.
What are embers on Mixer
Embers are the premium currency on Mixer that are attained through purchases. These embers provide access to premium Skills and directly support a streamer with $0.01 per Ember.
Embers are very similar to Bits if you are familiar with the way Twitch’s monetization works. However, they are used in conjunction with premium skills that show up in chat. As of right now, Embers are only available to people in the Mixer Partner program and are eligible for monetization.
How much are embers worth on Mixer
Embers are worth $0.01 per Ember. This means 100 Embers are valued at $1 for the streamer.
This is the same way Bits work, and similar to Twitch, Mixer takes their cut from the purchasing. If a viewer pays $1 they will receive 55 embers. This means Mixer takes $0.45 for that purchase.
Here is a list of current prices for Embers:
Also, note that embers can increase in value when the Spark Patronage milestones are hit as explained above. These milestones could lead to a 25% increase in value if maxed out.
As with everything Mixer, things are subject to change and could do so at any time. They are constantly looking to improve the platform and add new features.
There are always new skills and stickers being added to spend Sparks and Embers on, along with things like MixPlay, bringing a new feature for the live streaming community to experiment with.
If you’re currently a streamer on Twitch and thinking about looking into streaming on Mixer, check out this article we’ve written here. It answers some of the common questions people have when thinking about the move.
And if you want a full breakdown of the differences between YouTube Live, Twitch and Mixer, check out our other article here. We’ve gone into detail to make sure you choose the right platform for your streaming career.
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