ROUND 2

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Tools

Much of the streamer’s tool­box con­sists of third-party tools such as XS­plit, OBS, or Gameshow. The for­mer pair hap­pily sup­port all three ser­vices on test here, while Gameshow only sup­ports Twitch and YouTube at this time. But pre­par­ing your stream is only one part of the DIY puz­zle; work­ing with it is quite an­other.

Twitch’s back end is well sea­soned and, while some­times com­plex, has been built with its huge com­mu­nity of users in mind. The Twitch Dash­board is su­per-handy to have open while you’re stream­ing, giv­ing you an at-aglance over­view of chat, your stream qual­ity, and much more, and there are ser­vices in there to test the sta­bil­ity of your con­nec­tion and how it re­lates to Twitch’s stan­dards.

YouTube Live’s on­line con­trols are, like those of its stan­dard ser­vice, a lit­tle hap­haz­ard. There’s plenty of fine op­er­a­tional con­trol on of­fer, but some ques­tion­able de­sign de­ci­sions mean its dash­board doesn’t eas­ily fit ev­ery­thing above the fold in your browser, some­thing of an over­sight, con­sid­er­ing your hands will likely be on the con­trols. And then there’s Mixer, which presently of­fers a rather sim­ple in­ter­face. Good for be­gin­ners, but con­trol is im­por­tant.

Win­ner: Twitch

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