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Periscope expands virtual tipping via Super Hearts beyond the U.S.

Periscope expands virtual tipping via Super Hearts beyond the U.S.
From TechCrunch - December 1, 2017

Twitters big push to draw in more live video stars to its Periscope streaming service is now expanding beyond the U.S. The company announced today the Periscope Super Broadcaster program, which allows video stars to earn revenue from their streams through a virtual tipping mechanism, is now available in Canada, Ireland, and the U.K.

Other countries will be added to the program soon, says Periscope.

The program was first introduced this summer as a means of competing with other live video platforms, including Facebook Live, Twitch, and YouTube. The idea is similar to Twitch or YouTubes emotes, but instead of custom emoji, Periscope offers Super Hearts. These are animated icons that fans can buy through in-app purchases to support their favorite streamers.

Initially the program launched with three kinds of Super Hearts, but later added a waving hand icon as well.

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