Twitch testing paid ‘Elevated Chat’ feature

Called “Elevated Chat,” the “experiment” lets users elevate their chat messages for a precise time using a one-time fee. Twitch will begin pushing a way for its users to extend their chat messages on the platform.

The fees are shown in five distinct tiers ranging from 30 seconds to two and a half minutes, with expenses ranging from $5 to $100.

Users that are a part of the ‘experiment’ can have elevated chat message depending on how long they want it up and however much they’re willing to pay. It runs for about four weeks, beginning at the end of September.

The feature is available for a “limited number of channels” on the forum. The prospect of elevating chats may appear at either the top of the talk or at the bottom of a video. In addition, users can buy an Elevated Chat depending on how long they like to uphold their message.

Numerous individuals can elevate their chat message at once, but it is on first-come, first-served grounds, is queued depending on who bought it first, and “is driven by streamers and moderators.” Once a chat note is up, moderators can “timeout” or restrict the user. If a comment is dismissed, users won’t be able to accept a refund, and they won’t be able to boost someone else’s chat message.

Regarding revenue, the investigation will feature a 70/30 split for creators. The Twitch test started on eligible channels on Thursday and is designated to run for about four weeks. It will be open in the US, and other supported nations include Korea, Japan, Brazil, Mexico, Germany, Canada, Australia, Norway, South Africa, Sweden, Switzerland, and Taiwan.

Despite being the most-viewed Twitch streamer and broadcasting for around 20 hours at a time, xQc has earned a reputation for being notoriously unreliable when it comes to in-person events. After lately bailing out of Shit Camp, which spiraled into a cascade of streamer conflict, many faulted Ludwig and the Offbrand team for their client choice.

Twitch’s emphasis on maximizing profits through increasing ads and changing creator revenue splits has led to viewers and streamers expressing frustration. And yesterday, popular variety streamer MoonMoon went a step past revenue splits and ads to give insight into how even contract negotiations have changed with the platform.

A VOD, or video on demand, is an archive of previously live-streamed content on Twitch. Streamers have complete control over the accessibility of their VODs and are given the option to save or immediately delete VODs, make them accessible, put them behind a subscription paywall, or terminate VODs after the fact.

If you want to save a special broadcast on your virtual channel, you can save the stream as a highlight. Unlike past broadcasts, highlights are saved indefinitely for all Twitch users across the board. Currently, streamers can have an indefinite number of highlights, making this an excellent method for creators who want to save all their broadcasts or memorable moments.

For viewers who may want to view a past VOD of a streamer, many popular creators will upload entire or edited broadcasts on other video hosting platforms such as YouTube. Unfortunately, there is no way to view a broadcast that has been deleted if it has not been saved.

Chat Highlight gives creators the ability to have chat messages from viewers be given a boost if they meet specific stipulations. For instance, if someone is chatting for the first time in your stream, you could have their messages highlighted so you know the person speaking may not have the background information on your channel that other viewers do.

Chat Cues take a different approach to suggesting your behavior with the community. Instead of focusing on the chatters, Chat Cues give streamers suggestions for things they should discuss, giving audience insights. For instance, a Chat Cue could tell you through your channel’s chat that you should remind people watching to drop the track to follow so they know the next time you go live.