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This article was published on June 27, 2016


Twitch wants you to ‘Cheer’ your favorite broadcasters with premium emotes called ‘Bits’

Twitch wants you to ‘Cheer’ your favorite broadcasters with premium emotes called ‘Bits’
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Twitch, the popular social video and gaming platform is announcing a new way to support your favorite broadcaster. Now, to show support, you can send a ‘Cheer,’ which is a highly visible chat message with animated emotes that viewers can buy with ‘Bits.’

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Bits are in-platform currency that allow viewers to tip their favorite broadcasters with nothing more than a text-based message. To send a tip, you’ll simply have to type ‘cheer’ (without quotes) followed by a number — cheer10, cheer100, etc. Doing so will send the broadcaster a personalized message of your creation, along with one of the following emotes:

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During the beta period, viewers can Cheer for any of more than 60 partner channels, after purchasing bits — priced at $1.40 for 100.

Oh, and the revenue from bits is split between developers on Twitch and the broadcasters themselves, a cool new way to show your support to the Twitch community as a whole. As a bit of a thank you for the support, you’ll also get to sport one of the new chat badges pictured below.

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