Category between Affiliate and Partner
With the Affiliate program launching many years ago and Partnership next to impossible for part-time streamers/parents/and people with lower viewership to obtain without extensive time-gating (and let's face it, luck), there needs to be a category for those that are already Affiliate and not yet Partner. Please consider giving your creators more incentive to stay on the platform and continue to grow our communities. Maybe this could look like those that have been an Affiliate since 2017 (close to launch), or with a certain number of followers/ viewers getting to this new step in the ladder to Partner. The ability to create a stream team/ guaranteed encoding options would be two major draws for this category. This could also help those in categories that may not be able to reach a 75 concurrent viewer goal. It could help those in creative categories or variety streamers, for example.
A different tier between affiliate and partner, but while we reach the requirements, it can also teach about the different things needed to do to stay consistent, etc! I feel like reaching affiliate doesn't really educate new creators on consistency, networking properly, etc.
If we can have a new tier between affiliate and partner, with a adequate requirement to reach, (partner is 75, medium tier could be 30-40 maybe), it will help keep creators focused, engaged, and motivated to continue to create content! Most folks feel discouraged when they see that 75, thought it would be a good idea to maybe have a halfway point!