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Why Are My Twitch Drops Not Working?

By thunderroad

October 20, 2021

What if I told you that you could earn in-game rewards on Twitch just by watching streams?

That's right! Just by showing up at your favorite streamer and checking out what they're doing, you can earn rewards through Twitch Drops!

These are in-game “loot” that you get just by continuously checking out your favorite Twitch channels. Think of it as your in-game reward for enjoying the content.

The good news is that qualifying for Twitch Drops isn't hard at all. If you have a legit Twitch account, you are going to be able to receive Drops.

You can look at these as a form of “in-game currency.” You can earn them just by watching and participating. Sometimes it's special items or appearances in-game. You can then use them to buy in-game stuff. And, if you don’t have enough of them, you can buy them from somebody else, and you can also share your in-game loot.

At the end of the day, watching your favorite channels (with drops enabled) on Twitch enables you to get Twitch Drops.

This is a very popular feature of the Twitch platform because it rewards the community. It also gives people an incentive to become part of mega-communities that tend to congregate around certain influencers.

Now, here's the thing: you have to be proactive to earn Drops. You need to know when a Drop is happening to participate.

You can't just show up and not do anything. You have to link to your Steam and Twitch accounts (or whatever account the game is with).

And then, when you watch your favorite streamers, after enough hours, you get a Drop. That's how it works.

All you need to do is link your Twitch account properly.

What to Do When Twitch Drops Are Not Working

  1. Make sure you are watching a streamer with drops enabled
  2. Double check that your in-game account is linked with your Twitch account on the "Drops" page
  3. Make sure you have completed the entire watch time required
  4. Be sure to click the "Claim" button.
  5. Relink your account again and wait a few minutes.

When your Twitch Drops are not working, check your Twitch account. Unlink your account.

Once you've done this, the default message should appear. It should say: “Enabling account link to receive in-game Drops.” You should be able to see that. And, when you unlink your account, and you relink it again—when you see that message—you basically reset your account linking.

This is not always possible because some people report that they cannot unlink their account from Twitch, but most people should be able to pull this off.

Another thing you can do is to search if your existing Twitch account is somehow associated with previous or older accounts that you've used in the past. If that's the case, retrieve the login information and log back in using your old account.

Once you've done this, unlink that account to all streamer channels. Once everything is clean, you can then log back in with your new account and relink.

Usually, this does the trick. The drops will be enabled again, and you will start to earn in-game loot just by watching streams.

Just make sure that you're always linking your game accounts with your Twitch account. At the very least, you should save the following information: your Twitch user ID, Twitch refresh token, Twitch OAuth token, and finally, the game account ID.

If you line all of this up, you should be able to enjoy Twitch Drops again.

Not Receiving Twitch Drops

If your account is linked and you can't claim your reward, it's possible may take a few minutes. This is rare, but normally it happens if there is a lot of people trying to claim the Twitch drop at once.

You also need to make sure that the streamer you are watching actually has drops enabled on their stream.

The Dark Side of Twitch Drops

Unfortunately, there are so many reports of Twitch Drops not working. 

Luckily, it is almost always solvable by making sure your account is properly linked.

Either they report Twitch Drops not working according to the schedule, or they absolutely fail. How can this be?

Can you imagine watching a streamer for hours on end, and after all that entertainment, and not receiving your Drop? The events that supposedly trigger the Drops or the rewards took place because they're watching the right influencer, and this person knows what he's doing.

On the surface, things should run pretty smoothly when it comes to claiming your rewards with Twitch Drops. But, it's possible that they might not happen as scheduled, or they don’t happen at all!

What to do when all is lost

If that is the case, it's recommended to document as much as you can with screenshots, open up a ticket with Twitch or the support team of the game you are playing and hope for the best.

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