I am very much of a BIG coffee drinker, and when it comes to watching live streams or streaming myself, I am all in!
The other day I came across a Stella Chuu (@stellachuuuuu) Instagram post that caught my attention. It was Caffeine. I clicked on it, hit the LIKE button, and visited the website that she linked. What I came across was a gem that I never thought would appear to exist. As an aspiring streamer, I get excited about a site based on their design, concept, and function. In which Caffeine delivered to my eyes. As I proceed to click on the site, I ended up turning into a stream that got my attention, and immediately I started to ask questions about what is Caffeine and how it works.
Caffeine.tv is the new kid on the block and it is amazing! Caffeine is a video game streaming platform that focuses on being simple and easy to use. No need for streaming software like OBS to get started. Just simply download Caffeine onto your PC and stream away in real-time! Yes, it is that simple. I did not believe it myself until I did it myself.
One thing I have always struggled when wanting to stream to Twitch and other platforms is making sure all the settings on my PC and OBS were at the “just right” level of performance, for a decent streaming experience that would not affect my gaming performance. OBS is a very big resource hog and that is one of the biggest let downs for me when I felt motivated to stream.
Caffeine.tv is as simple as it sounds and looks. It even has some unique features that the other veteran platforms don’t have. When you launch Caffeine from your desktop, name your stream, and click “Start Stream”, you will see a non-disruptive overlay on top of your gameplay. This overlay displays a live indicator of your stream when a viewer (by their username) has joined the stream when a user has become a follower, and also how many viewers are tuned in. Nothing too complex. Just simplicity at its finest.
From the viewer’s perspective, whether on the website or the Caffeine.tv app on iOS, you are able to chat like any standard streaming service, but what makes Caffeine different from the vets in this aspect is the ability to customize how you want your message to be displayed. From gradients to pixelation, textures, and GIFs. If you like to spice things up randomly, there is a shuffle mode for the way you want your messages to be displayed as well. One thing to note, is that the streamer will not be able to see your messages in this format unless they are running the iOS app or via a second display with the web version loaded up.
Overall, the Caffeine UI is simple and straight to the point. Also, very responsive! One of my favourite features from the web version of Caffeine is the ability to move around the streamer’s webcam feed and show/hide the webcam feed. Very convenient, if you want to concentrate more on the gameplay or see something in specific on-screen. On the mobile app, if you are in vertical mode and there is a webcam feed, it will split view the cam (can’t show/hide or move it around) above the gameplay and allow you to chat it up below. In horizontal view mode, the gameplay will fill up your iPhone’s display and you will be able to move the cam feed around, but won’t be able to chat unless you are in vertical mode.
There is so much I would love to say about Caffeine.tv but I will leave that for the full review of the platform.
Caffeine.tv is still a growing platform and they are always looking for feedback to make it better. Caffeine.tv is only exclusive to streaming PC games. There is also a list of specific titles that are compatible with the platform’s streaming service like; Fortnite, PlayerUnknown’s BattleGrounds, League of Legends, and many more. If you want to view the stream, it can only be viewed on a web browser (Chrome, Firefox, etc.) and the Caffeine.tv iOS app.
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Be sure to check out the streams of some friends we made on Day #1:
My Stream: https://www.caffeine.tv/RedRum69/profile