It’s common knowledge that you can’t stream without the best streaming software for Twitch. However, with so many different software options, most people get worried about it and don’t progress at all. Today, I’ll cover Gamecaster and one of its competitors, Streamlabs. This is entirely subjective, and each user will have their own views on which is better.
With that in mind, this article is to help you decide which one to use in your streaming.
For a similar article, check out Streamlabs vs XSplit.
Overview of Gamecaster
Gamecaster is a free streaming software that was originally made by Xsplit. It was a more accessible version of XSplit Broadcaster, which has a subscription for more features. The download page’s link can be found in the introduction to this article. With a variety of options for local videos and compatibility with other XSplit apps, it’s a great choice for a beginner with little money or income. Gamecaster has also been known to be incredibly dependable and high-quality streams are possible without much effort or setting up.
Pros of Gamecaster
- A free reward program that functions similar to games like Fortnite with rewards including emotes, overlays, alerts, and more that can greatly benefit a streamer who’s just starting up
- Test center to make sure your overlay is working before you go live. This is great for reducing the risk of having to troubleshoot a problem live.
- No premium subscription that locks away features that are essential.
The pros of Gamecaster are very unique compared to apps like OBS and Lightstream. While this is always a great thing to know, things like this will end up having a few dark patches in the bright light of possibility.
Cons of Gamecaster
- The noise gate can be too powerful and cut you off repeatedly.
- Still has a few bugs that can cause problems, such as your tipping link stopping synchronizing with the app
- The reward program’s rewards won’t feel like much in a ratio of effort to reward, despite being in good quality
- Limited functionality
Overall, Gamecaster has a few issues to work out, but its reward program being easy to access and make it so anyone can take part while growing their brand is very generous. However, with that in mind, do not use it just for the rewards. If you do, you will not grow your stream. Focus on this app if you are getting started with streaming or you want to earn something on the side while you focus on building your community.
Overview of Streamlabs
The main competitor of software like Gamecaster is Streamlabs’ form of OBS. This app is still in development and the team put a lot of effort into making it more accessible. The download link for Streamlabs can also be found in the introduction. Similar to Gamecaster, it claims to be the best software for streamers and can be utilized very efficiently through things such as Reaper Plugins for audio.
Pros of Streamlabs
- Free to download
- Easy to learn with a lot of potential as you learn more
- The app’s updates don’t cause problems for things that are already set up.
These pros are a great thing to keep in mind, but please keep in mind that I am comparing two software. These pros are starting points for a great broadcasting app. If you want to work with a flexible app that you can customize with many more incredible overlays, this is the app you want out of the two. It’s also a very good app if you are willing to invest a lot of money into its Prime service.
Cons of Streamlabs
- Streamlabs Prime, while offering several apps, overlays, and other benefits, does cost a monthly fee
- Most features locked behind Prime are incredibly useful for growing a community.
- The features that could be very useful to more advanced streamers or those who want to go further will have to pay for Streamlabs Prime.
The cons here are insanely limiting but all come back to the issue of Streamlabs Prime. It can provide very useful functions and yet, while it doesn’t provide much value to a start-up streamer, it does support the people whose overlays, apps, and more that you use while you have Streamlabs Prime. So at least you’re helping people too.
In conclusion, it comes down to the user and how much they’re willing to invest in order to progress their career. Without Streamlabs’ Prime membership, Streamlabs is quite barebones but it can at least be very useful. Gamecaster is good for starting overlays. Feeling a sense of accomplishment with each new community member is great. So I would say that Gamecaster is better for rewards but Streamlabs is better for features.