Corsair Gaming today announced that it has acquired EpocCam, the software developer behind the iOS software of the same name. It’s easy to see why the gaming company would be interested in such an acquisition in 2020. The COVID-19 pandemic has lead to a worldwide spike in remote working — and, as a result, more people are teleconferencing than ever.
The EpocCam app is designed specifically to turn iPads and iPhones into a webcam for both macOS and Windows PCs. The software works across a number of popular teleconferencing applications, including Zoom, Skype, Google Meet and Microsoft Teams — which is more than I can say for the beta webcam software I’m currently running.
The deal brings the EpocCam brand under Corsair’s Elgato umbrella. Corsair purchased the company’s gaming brand back in mid-2018. That deal, in turn, found the rest of Elgato rebranding its Eve System — a company expressly focused on smart home and home automation.
While most laptops and desktops are fairly lacking in the built-in webcam department, iPhones have taken great strides. So it makes sense for users to take advantage of that imaging power. Of course, with the company now owned by a gaming brand, it’s clear that video game live-streaming is going to be a big part of the value play here.
The app has already been relaunched under the Elgato brand, including deeper integration with its existing products. The company promises that further updates are “already in development.”