Introduced last year with a limited number of creators, YouTube’s Livestream feature will now be made available to a wider range of creators as the company announced on Tuesday that they’ll be rolling out this feature to those with 10,000 subscribers and more.
The Livestream feature was introduced by YouTube in June 2016 — collaborating with artists such as The Young Turks, Alex Wassabi, AIB, Platica Polinesia and SacconeJolys.
Now all the creators with more than 10,000 subscribers can stream live videos via their mobile YouTube app.
Livestream space has been dominated by the likes of Facebook and Twitter’s Periscope till now, but now hundreds of thousands of YouTube creators will have the ability to interact with their followers live, on-the-go on mobile.
“A huge focus for us here at YouTube is to find new ways to let creators and viewers interact with each other and the videos they watch,” YouTube stated.
This new feature that has been widely made available will also allow YouTubers a new way to monetize their content via the SuperChat feature announced by the company last month, which is available to creators in 20 countries and viewers in 40 countries.
The company calls this feature ‘a front-row seat in the digital age’.
Using this feature a viewer can purchase the top spot on live stream chats — which will be highlighted in bright colours and stay pinned on top of the chat for up to five hours, depending on the amount contributed.
This lets fans to get a chance to grab the creators attention and also contribute a little in order to keep their favourite YouTube channel do better.
“It’s a launch that’ll put the power of live streaming in the hands of hundreds of thousands of talented creators, giving them a more intimate and spontaneous way to share their thoughts, lives, and creativity,” the company added.
The company also mentions that the Livestream support for mobile is going to be made available to more number of creators with lesser audience soon.
Although companies like Facebook and Twitter have been leveraging the Livestream feature and made it widely available before the Google-owned company.
But since YouTube is a community based on videos with a wider range of creators — both amateur and professional — it has greater chances of overtaking its aforementioned competition in the days to come.