“The truth is that the Periscope app is in an unsustainable maintenance-mode state, and has been for a while,” it added. “Over the past couple of years, we’ve seen declining usage and know that the cost to support the app will only continue to go up over time.”
Most of the app’s live streaming capabilities have been added to Twitter as features, and streams that were shared on Twitter will continue to be available for replay. Users can also download an archive of their data and content before Periscope goes off the app store next March.
Periscope said shutting down its individual app has been in the cards for some time.
“We probably would have made this decision sooner if it weren’t for all of the projects we reprioritized due to the events of 2020,” the company said. “We’re confident that live video still has the potential of seeing an even wider audience within the Twitter product.”