Twitter is shutting down its sister app Periscope

Twitter is shutting down its sister app Periscope

Periscope, an online streaming app, will soon be shut down.

Twitter has announced that it will close Periscope as a service, and the company intends to stop supporting the Periscope app by March 2021. Twitter, however, will continue to offer live video streaming through Twitter’s built-in Twitter Live feature in the main Twitter app, The Verge writes.+

“The Periscope app is in unstable service mode right now and has been for some time,” the company explained on its blog. “We’ve seen a decline in usage over the past couple of years and know that the cost of maintaining the app will only increase over time.”

While Periscope won’t be completely shut down until March, the company is already blocking any new account sign-ups, starting with the latest app update, which comes out today. Users will have the opportunity to download an archive of both their Periscope videos and their data before the app closes next year. In addition, the Periscope website will remain active and serve as a “view-only archive of public broadcasts.”

Periscope will also “relax requirements” for users applying for “superbroadcasters,” the company’s term for select users who are given the opportunity to cash in tips given to them by followers. Broadcasters will have until April 30, 2021, to cash in their tips.

Twitter bought Periscope back in March 2015, even before the service was launched, back in the heyday of live streaming (probably started by Meerkat , once a popular streaming service that has since evolved into Houseparty ). Periscope was launched later that month, with all the power of Twitter’s significant social presence. But despite all the popularity of Periscope at the time, it was not a sustainable force, unlike other streaming services such as streaming giant Twitch.

Twitter will continue to integrate live video into Twitter’s main app in December 2016 with a feature that has been described as “working on Periscope.” According to Twitter, the company has since moved “most of Periscope’s core features” to Twitter Live, with Periscope being shut down as a separate service, allowing it to better focus on further developing live streaming functionality in the future.