Twitch has introduced a new microtransactions system to help its streamers better monetize their content. The system is called “Cheering,” which introduces emotes which you can buy and use it in the chat box when something amazing happens.
These motes are called bits which you can buy by clicking on the new Bits icon. This will allow you to spend real-life money to buy the bits and spend them in the chat box to support your favorite streamers. Here’s what the company says about Twitch Microtransactions:
Cheering is a new way to show support for streamers and celebrate the moments you love with the community, all right in chat. A Cheer is a chat message that uses Bits, which are evolving animated emotes that you can buy. Bits emotes can be used one by one, all at once, or anywhere in between. Using many at once shows more support and creates cooler emotes!
You can use these bits in the chat by typing”cheer” followed by a number, ex. cheer33 or cheer255. You will also earn Cheer Chat Badges for channel you support the most. You don’t have to be a channel subcriber to able to spend these bits on a streamer you like.
Here’s a look at the cheer chat badges once you opt-in for Twitch microtransactions and support a channel.
Third parties can build cool stuff around Cheering through chat messages and through our PubSub system. REST API support is forthcoming.
Twitch will make cheering available for all partners as soon as possible, however, there isn’t an ETA for the time being.
To get your hands on bits you will have to use Amazon Payments for now. Twitch will be adding additional currencies and payment methods in the future.
Head over to the official website to know more.
What do you think of the new Twitch Microtransactions?