What is a Youtube Super Chat?

If you hang around on YouTube and watch live streams there, you may have noticed the so-called "Super Chat". This offers a possibility for the viewers of the stream to support the respective YouTuber. But what exactly is it YouTube super chat and what makes it stand out from other financial support such as channel membership? Here I have summarized all information for you;)

YouTube Super Chat - Tips for streamers

If you have a YouTube account and are logged in to watch a live stream, you can send normal messages in the chat. That's for free. However, there is also the option of activating the "Super Chat" function, which is activated by clicking on the dollar symbol and is linked to an amount of your choice. This has the advantage for the streamer that a tip is generated. For you it has the advantage that your message sent in this way is highlighted in color and pinned. How long depends on the amount - depending on the location, this can be selected and donated in US dollars ($), euros (€), Swiss francs (CHF) or another currency.

Depending on the YouTube Super Chat amount, the time for which the message is pinned and its maximum number of characters change. Attention: Pay attention to the length of the stream. Super chat messages lasting several hours are only worthwhile for long sessions or for 24/7 offers such as Rocket Beans TV (see below).

Depending on the YouTube Super Chat amount, the time for which the message is pinned and its maximum number of characters change. Attention: Pay attention to the length of the stream. Super chat messages lasting several hours are only worthwhile for long sessions or for 24/7 offers such as Rocket Beans TV (see below).

Tip: Self-promotion with messages via YouTube Super Chat is not welcome. A greeting, an important question or a joke are more welcome at YouTubers and the community.

Instructions, guidelines and notices from Google

You can find more information and the guidelines for Super Chat on YouTube streams on the corresponding Google support page. Here is a note that, according to its wording, should be observed especially by children or minors who are not yet fully legally competent:

It apply [...] all applicable laws and YouTube's Terms of Use. Your Super Chat expenses may be treated differently due to laws that apply to you and your activities. You are responsible for familiarizing yourself with the applicable laws and for complying with them without restriction. This also includes, for example, the question of whether you can buy Super Chats.

Buy a YouTube Super Chat: Here's how (on Android)! Image source: Google

Buy a YouTube Super Chat: Here's how (on Android)! Image source: Google

Channel Membership - Subscription with Perks

Regularly subscribing to a channel on YouTube is free. However, some larger channels give their fans the opportunity to purchase an additional package that is subject to a fee. This is what is known as “membership”. It distinguishes itself from YouTube Super Chat through permanent effects. Your own nickname in the chat no longer appears in gray (normal layout) or white (dark mode), but in green. 

Green name and channel-specific icon next to it - again using the example of RBTV. (Screenshot provided by a member.)

Green name and channel-specific icon next to it - again using the example of RBTV. (Screenshot provided by a member.)

In addition, the channel operator can define symbols for his members that appear after the channel name in the chat - different, graduated images for different membership lengths (1 month, 3 months, 6 months, 1 year, etc.) are possible. In addition, most of the larger channels offer their members special emojis that have emerged from inside jokes or otherwise have channel-specific references. They can then be used by members in the chat along with the regular emojis and smileys.

Possible additional emojis with which members can exchange channel-specific information in the live chat of the YT stream. (Screenshot provided by an RBTV member.)

Possible additional emojis with which members can exchange channel-specific information in the live chat of the YT stream. (Screenshot provided by an RBTV member.)

Note: Membership cannot currently be completed via the iOS app. Further information and notes on payments, repayments, etc. are available on this support page. There you will also find help on pausing a membership.

Support YouTubers - Great Chat, Membership, and More

For the two options shown, it is of course necessary to link your YouTube or Google account to a payment method; for example PayPal. Anyone who has already done this on an Android device for the Google Play Store, for example, will know the procedure. Both the YouTube Super Chat and the channel membership are nice, mutually beneficial donations. However, part of it goes to Google, of course, because the YouTube platform has to somehow technically implement the streaming service that is offered, which costs money.

Those who want to support their favorite YouTubers, Let's Players, tutorial makers and streamers more directly and with little or no deductions will usually find one or two options. Payments by PayPal are possible with some. Other YouTube channels - such as B. the 24/7 internet television station Rocket Beans TV from Hamburg - offers with its "Supporters Club" the possibility to make direct payments by bank transfer. The club members also receive certain advantages depending on the amount (goodies, discounts for merchandise, digital gifts such as game codes, etc.).

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