Back in June, Twitch announced a new feature called Cheering. This basically allows viewers to tip streamers by sending them animated emotes called “bits”. It’s a similar concept to how “mukbang” streamers in Korea get tipped, which is through balloon emojis.
To purchase bits, you’ll have to spend actual money. It costs $1.40 for 100 emotes.
If you don’t like the idea of paying for bits, Twitch has announced that they will now let users Cheer Twitch streamers by sending bits without having to spend a single cent. This will be accomplished through ads. Nosurprise there.
“We’ve started rolling out a new way for Twitch viewers in the US to get Bits for activity on Twitch without spending cash. In this case, the activity is watching a 30-second interactive ad.” It’s kind of like how in some games, watching an ad will give you more gold/gems/points, so it looks like Twitch has applied this concept here. Obviously the number of bits you earn from ads are small, so obviously it is more efficient to buy bits if you really want them. Twitch has also made sure that viewers don’t game the system by introducing a limit on the number of ads they can view in a day. This is great for streamers and now you can show your love with this new feature.