Twitch, one of the largest video game broadcasting platforms, is introducing a new chat feature called Cheering. A Cheer is a chat message that uses Bits, which are animated emotes that users can buy. Twitch says that the streamers you Cheer for will get a cut of the amount of money you spend to buy the bits you used.
To Cheer, all you have to do is type “cheer” followed by a number into chat. The number specifies the amount of bits you’re using, and the more bits you use, the bigger the emote.
Here’s how much bits will cost you:
- 100 Bits - $1.40
- 500 Bits - $7.00
- 1500 Bits - $19.95
- 5,000 Bits - $64.40
- 10,000 Bits - $126.00
- 25,000 Bits - $308.00
Twitch hasn’t specified how much of a cut the streamers will get. All they’ve said is “Subject to certain conditions and restrictions, eligible partnered broadcasters get a revenue share from Bits used to Cheer for them.” The vagueness of how much streamers will benefit from Cheering leaves some users wondering why they should spend their money to Cheer instead of just donating directly to the streamer or subscribing.
Currently the new chat function is in beta, so it will only be available for use in Cheer-enabled Twitch streamers’ chats. Twitch posted a list of their Cheer beta partners along with an FAQ about Cheering.