Twitch, the gaming-focused social video service, has announced new incentives for users who share content on the platform. The Amazon-owned service released two new features –Clip Champs and Top Cheerers– that are intended to “recognize supportive viewers of the creators’ communities.”
Starting at the end of the month, viewers who Cheer the most will be recognized in a leaderboard at the top of chat and with Top Cheerer badges. A Cheer is a chat message that uses Bits, which are animated Emoticons that users can purchase. For $1.40, members of the Twitch community can buy 100 bits and then donate them to their favorite streamers. Each bit donated earns the streamer one cent.
“Hundreds of thousands of creators are able to generate revenue on Twitch thanks to the support they get from their passionate communities,” said Justin Oh, Product Marketing Manager at Twitch. “With Clip Champs and Top Cheerers, supportive viewers are able to get proper recognition for the role they play in the creator’s success.”
To achieve Clip Champ status, viewers must publish at least one clip a week for four weeks from a channel and generate a total of at least 50 total views across those Clips from other viewers. A Clip is a 60-second snippet of video captured by viewers.
Clip Champ status is awarded with a badge visible in chat, Clips sharing pages, and Clips tabs on channel pages and game directory pages.
Top Cheerers will appear in a leaderboard at the top of chat in Partner and Affiliate channels. The top three viewers who have Cheered the most Bits will be visible in the leaderboard’s minimized mode, while the top 10 are visible in expanded mode. The top three Cheerers will also be recognized with a chat badge.