Periscope is introducing a new way for broadcasters to monetize their livestream. Dubbed as Super Hearts, the tool will allow viewers to send performers and broadcasters hearts that can be bought via in-app purchase. It is essentially a form of virtual gifts that you can give and receive during live broadcasts.
Super Hearts are new types of hearts that are larger and animated. To give Super Hearts when you’re watching a live broadcast, tap on the Super Hearts icon right from the broadcast to change which types of hearts you send . You will have to buy Super Hearts by tapping “get coins” from the App Store or Play Store. Each package allows you to send Super Hearts until the coins run out. As a viewer, you can only send Super Hearts to a broadcaster when they are live. Everyone who sends Super Hearts will be added to a leaderboard to display who has given the most love to the broadcaster.
It is now easier for broadcasters to take a look at their supporters in each broadcast. If you prefer to stick with the traditional hearts, you can turn Super Hearts off before going live. It must be noted that each Super Heart is worth a different star value, and when a broadcaster receives Super Hearts, it contributes to their star balance.
Along with Super Hearts, Periscope is also announcing the Super Broadcaster Program that will allow broadcasters to exchange their star balance for cash. This program is available in the US, and will roll out internationally soon.
Super Hearts launch today on Periscope for Android and iOS. You’ll also be able to see Super Hearts on Periscope.tv and Twitter.