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YouTube launches 'Super Chat', scraps Fan Funding

14 January, 2017, 00:33 | Author: Jan Cross
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YouTube Thursday announced the launch of Super Chat, a way for users to purchase highlighted mentions during livestreams in the hopes of attracting the attention of the Creators of those livestreams. Fan Funding allowed viewers to make voluntary donations to directly support creators. In addition, Super Chat messages remained pinned to the top of the page for up to 5 hours.

When someone goes live on YouTube, you'll see a cash symbol in the chat window. YouTube notes that Super Chats will be subject to moderation, with flagged chats possibly disappearing. The Super chats are also highlighted using a different colour. It enables them to get yet another income stream while still doing the same thing they've been doing for free. Make sure your device is on portrait mode and that you can see the live chat of course. The viewer can select an amount by dragging a slider to the desired value, then optionally enter a message and fire away.

To finish your purchase, follow the instructions. Users can make a purchase from YouTube or YouTube Gaming on a computer or in the Android app. iOS purchases are not now supported.

Here’s a look at the pricing
Here’s a look at the pricing

Does Super Chat cost money? We're building new solutions for creators to monetize content, and for fans to support their favorite creators. Tell me in the comments. That is, those with a credit card. When the transaction is complete, your public Super Chat will be sent to all viewers in the live chat, and a receipt will be emailed to you.

But YouTube Super Chat is only available for people aged 18 and above. It's basically another way for creators to make money.

Currently, Super Chat is being rolled out to a few streamers as a beta, including Alex Wassabi, iHasCupquake, and Great Library. The official launch of the new feature for YouTubers will be on January 31 in 20 countries and for viewers in over 40 countries.

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