YouTube testing free $2 monthly Super Chat credit for Premium users

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YouTube is testing out free credits in Super Chat.

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YouTube is testing a new gifting feature in Super Chat, a function on the video site that lets viewers pay to pin a comment on an influencer's livestream.

The company said it's currently testing a program that grants a random group of existing YouTube Premium subscribers free Super Chats to interact with their favorite creators.

YouTube Premium subscribers started receiving $2 worth of Super Chat credits to support creators and influencers during a livestream. Android Police spotted the credits, and Ryan Wyatt, head of gaming, VR and AR at YouTube also confirmed the beta test on Twitter.

Premium subscribers will get the $2 credit monthly, but it won't accumulate, according to Android Police. A YouTube Premium subscription costs $11.99 per month. Super Chat, launched in 2017, is available only for creators with more than 10,000 subscribers. YouTube takes a cut of the creator's Super Chat profits.

Originally published April 18 at 1.30 p.m. PT.
Update, 1:51 p.m.: Adds confirmation from YouTube.

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