Clubhouse announced that it is rolling out its new monetization feature, Clubhouse Payments, “as the first of many features that allow creators and to get paid directly on Clubhouse.”
Clubhouse users will now be able to send payments. The audio-based social app will also be rolling out the ability to receive payments in waves, starting with a small test group as of today.
In order to pay a Clubhouse creator who has the receiving payments feature enabled, you can tap on their profile and click “Send Money”. After registering your credit or debit card, you’ll enter the amount you would like to send. As a person sending the money, you’ll be charged a card processing fee, which will go to Clubhouse’s processing partner Stripe. Clubhouse says it will take nothing.
The news of Clubhouse Payments comes a few weeks after Clubhouse announced its first creator accelerator program that will enable 20 content creators on the platform to build their audiences, connect with brands and earn revenue through the platform.
Paul Davidson, co-founder of Clubhouse, said in the latest town hall that they want to focus on direct monetization on creators instead of ads.
It might be a good move for Clubhouse to incentivize creators to stay on the app as its rivals are increasing almost every week – Twitter’s Spaces feature is rolling out this month, Facebook is working on the Clubhouse-copy ‘live Audio’ feature, ByteDance is reportedly building a Clubhouse clone, Linkedin confirms it is building a Clubhouse rival, Discord launched its Stage Channels features, even Spotify and Slack are making one.
Clubhouse, the invite-only app, is only available on iOS, though it is working on an Android version to launch in the upcoming months.