Twitch has announced two new features to help streamers acknowledge their favorite viewers. Clip Champs and Top Cheerers will recognize viewers. The new initiatives relate to Clips, which are up to 60-second snippets of video captured and then shared by viewers, and Cheering, which is using special animated emotes in chat purchased with a virtual good called Bits. Starting today, viewers who have regularly created and shared Clips for a channel will receive a special chat badge and viewers who Cheer the most will be recognized in a leaderboard at the top of chat and with Top Cheerer badges.
“Hundreds of thousands of creators are able to generate revenue on Twitch thanks to the support they get from their passionate communities,” said Justin Oh, Product Marketing Manager at Twitch. “With Clip Champs and Top Cheerers, supportive viewers are able to get proper recognition for the role they play in the creator’s success.”
This definitely seems like Twitch is gamifying viewing streams and increasing engagement with both Clip Champs and the Top Cheers Leaderboard.
To achieve Clip Champ status, viewers must publish at least one clip a week for four weeks from a channel and generate a total of at least 50 total views across those Clips from other viewers. Clip Champ status will be awarded with a visible badge in chat, Clips sharing pages, and Clips tabs on channel pages and game directory pages.
Top Cheerers will appear in a leaderboard at the top of chat in Partner and Affiliate channels. The top three viewers who have Cheered the most Bits are visible in the leaderboard’s minimized mode, while the top 10 are visible in expanded mode. The top three Cheerers will also be recognized with a chat badge.
For more information about these two new upcoming features check out the official Twitch blog.