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Twitch Adds Microtransactions For Emotes


No, this isn’t click bait, dear readers. Taken directly from a Twitch’s official blog, the company has introduced the idea of Cheering, a special emoji that will be tied to a premium currency that is bought with real-world money. The following is an excerpt from the post by Robin Fontaine:

“When we watch Twitch, we feel surrounded by people who understand something that many just don’t. And when amazing things happen on stream, there’s no one else we’d rather celebrate with. The moments we share on Twitch, and the streamers who create them, are the glue that binds us together. So now, we are happy to introduce a new way for us to celebrate and support streamers together: Cheering.

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!

“Cheering shows your support for the partner just like subscriptions do, and as you Cheer in a channel, you earn Cheer Chat Badges for that channel so that your support is recognized.”

The system is still in Beta and only a few official channels are utilizing the feature. The feature will come to the rest of Twitch “as soon as it’s ready.” You can purchase Bits using Amazon Payments. These purchases can be as little as 100 Bits for $1.40 to as much as 25,000 for $306.00. There doesn’t appear to be a direct benefit for either the streamer, since donations do happen on their channels respectively, and the only selling point of these Cheers are the eye-catching emotes. If you believe that’s worth money, check the blog to see what channel supports it and give it a look.


Fluent in several forms of martial arts like Tae Kwon Do and Devil May Cry, Tyler Chancey is a robot in human skin programmed to love games, hate ignorance, and enjoy the finer things like iced tea and a good book. You can follow him on Twitter @DarthRahu

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