If you want to get into live game streaming, and maybe make some money, you have fewer options today with the Mixer outage. But Twitch isn’t the only game in town. Here’s how to stream games on YouTube.
Streaming games are fast becoming one of the more popular ways to make money on the internet. However, it’s hard to know where to start. Amazon’s Twitch dominates the market, so there are several legitimate alternatives. In late July, Microsoft’s Mixer shut down, making YouTube Gaming the only viable option. If you want to try it, this guide will show you how to set up your channel and get on camera.
Prepare Your Channel
YouTube Gaming has taken several different forms over the years, but the newest one lives on as an alternative tab in the regular YouTube interface. For our purposes, that means you don’t have to download any special app for streaming. If you have a YouTube account (which is linked to your Google account), then you have everything you need.
However, you will need to verify your account before you can get started. Open this link when you log in. You will be asked to enter a code sent by text message or, if you prefer, by phone call. Enter this code and your account will be verified. In addition to enabling live streaming, you can also upload videos longer than 15 minutes, add custom thumbnails to your videos, and appeal Content ID claims if necessary.
Prepare Your Broadcast
Next, you’ll need to set up your broadcast software. There are a few options, but we’ll be using Streamlabs OBS for this guide, as it’s one of the easier and more powerful tools for streaming your games. While some features, such as streaming to multiple platforms at once, are limited to the app’s Prime subscription, the free version is powerful enough to handle most of the things you need to do.
Once you have installed the app and logged into your streaming account you will be able to start creating scenes. Scenes on Streamlabs are custom arrangements of the sources you broadcast to your audience. By creating multiple scenes, you don’t have to bother rebuilding a specific source collection every time you start streaming.
For example, you could have one scene for regular game streaming, one scene for hangouts, and custom setup if you’re running a fundraiser or other event. This is similar to how Discord works with multiple channels.
Typical scenes can include your play and a webcam feed, but you can add subscription alerts, goal counters, overlays, and more. Streamlabs uses a layer system to place elements on top of each other, and each one can be resized and moved quickly. If you find that your webcam feed is covering an important part of the game in the middle of the stream, you can move or resize it.
You’ll also find a collection of audio inputs under the Mixer section. This includes things like your desktop audio and any microphones you’ve plugged in. If you add an element with an audio component, it will appear here as well. You can adjust their relative volume levels to keep your presentation clean.
For example, Streamlabs includes an Alertbox widget that displays notifications when you get new followers, subscriptions or donations. It usually reads, and you can turn the volume down so that it doesn’t overwhelm your streaming audio.
Time to Start Streaming
Once you’ve set the scene to your liking, it’s time to go live. Streamlabs can stream to Twitch, YouTube Gaming, or Facebook Gaming. If you subscribe to Streamlabs Prime, you can broadcast to all of them at once.
To start streaming, click the green Live Streaming button at the bottom of the screen.
Before you actually go live, you’ll be asked to enter some basic information about the stream you’re starting. YouTube Gaming will ask you to enter a stream title and short description. You can also add streams to existing events, if any.
You can also link your Twitter account to automatically send a tweet letting your followers know that you are going live. This is especially useful if you have followers on Twitter who aren’t getting notifications on the streaming platform of your choice.