Emote Subscription Service
I think Twitch needs to start an Emote Subscription Service. Place all emotes from partners and affiliates into a database where users can select from all of them. They could select for example any 20 emotes for $5 a month or 50 emotes for $10 a month etc. Twitch could easily track usage and pay the owner of the emote a fee based on how often their emotes get used. Twitch makes money, streamers make money and people get their favorite emotes without having to subscribe directly to a channel. I feel many people won't sub to a channel just for 1 or 2 specific emotes but if they could get them through another service, Twitch makes money, the streamer makes money and thet user gets the emotes they want.
Sub tiers are awesome but what if users could purchase/sub to individual emotes or even "packs" of emotes from a channel. Many channels have at least 1 or 2 exceptional emotes but people may not be fully committed to subscribing full to their channel. Something like $0.25/emote or $1-$3 for a "pack" of emotes from a channel. It'd be a nice way for users to at least micro-support channels they can't fully sub to
Pretty good idea, I like it.
But think about this: the user already pays at least $5 for one channel with the most favorized emote. Why should you change this, if there is a possibility that this user might also be subbed to two or more channels, just for the emotes?!
It's pretty common for viewers to want just a single emote of a partner that they might not have any desire to watch, or they don't have enough money to support 5 partners. Allow people to buy 5 emotes / month (maybe add tiers) but award streamers $.50 / month per account that's purchased their emote. 50% goes back to twitch, smaller partners can thrive with some good emotes, and viewers aren't strained to over/under support. Everyone wins.