Periscope, the Twitter-owned mobile live streaming service that has been a good source of encouragement to other streaming services, is finally coming to an end. Twitter announced its decision to shut down Periscope by March 2021.
Periscope Is Unsustainable
Apparently, the service is coming to and end due to sustainability issues. Back in December 2020 Twitter declared it was abandoning Periscope. The company claimed in a post on Medium that the “Periscope app is in an unsustainable maintenance-mode state.”
The company said it wouldn’t be “doing right” by the Periscope and Twitter community if the app was to stay live in its present condition.
The Periscope app has been removed from the iOS and Android app stores. Unfortunately, no new Periscope accounts can be as the Periscope website is now in a read-only achieve state.
What About Existing Periscope Users?
Users with Periscope account can download an archive of their broadcasts and data from the Periscope website.
With regards to creators, Super Broadcasters have until April 30, 2021, to cash out their stars. Users who are eligible for being part of the Super Broadcaster program can no longer do so because new applications are not being accepted.
The Journey of Periscope
Twitter purchased Periscope in 2015 following which the app quickly became an internet phenomenon.
At the time, its only competitor was Meerkat, but with Twitter’s help, Periscope became the undisputed king of mobile live streaming.
But the fall came equally fast as Facebook launched its own live streaming feature. This, in combination with Twitter’s decision to integrate live streaming within its app, left little use for Periscope.