Since its launch, the live streaming platform Twitch has revolutionized the gaming world. diffusion, especially now that some of the platform’s best-known profiles are Spanish.
There is a reality and it is that more and more people dare to share their hobbies, interests and passions through the platform on a daily basis. Hundreds of thousands of subscribers go online to watch the adventures of their streamers.
And many will wonder: why not dare to stream games on Twitch? Well, the way to do it is simple and in this article we will try to walk you step by step with the procedure, as well as the use of extensions to get the most out of it.
Here’s how to stream on Twitch using OBS, Streamlabs, and XSplit Gamecaster. Those who intend to stream the game locally, via TV, can also do so, as can those who stream to Twitch through their Nintendo Switch console.
Using Open Broadcaster (OBS) software
One of the most popular ways to stream on Twitch is by using the Software Open Broadcaster (OBS) free download, available for Windows, Mac and Linux users.
Although the appearance of this Software may have a bit dated style that reminds us of Windows 98, in recent times it has been revised to ensure a better streaming experience, without being as easy to use as XSplit O Streamlabs OBS.
Set up streaming on Twitch
- Right click on OBS and select “ Run as administrator ” if you are using the
- Click “File> Settings” and select the “Transmission on the left side” tab.
- Select Twitch from the drop-down list of streaming services.
- On your monitor screen, select “Settings> Passkey> Show Key,” accepting the onscreen prompts that warn you not to share your key with anyone else.
- Copy and paste the streaming key in the Streaming key box on the Streaming settings menu in OBS, and then click Apply.
Configure your transmission layout
Once you’ve set up your broadcast on Twitch, it’s time to start thinking about your broadcast aesthetic. Do you want to include graphics? Do you want to include a Picture-in-Picture mode that shows your webcam and your reactions to the game?
There are plenty of options available, although the exact specs will depend on your personal taste and what you’re broadcasting.
- In OBS, right click on the “Sources” box and click “Add> Game Capture”.
- Select “Create New” and click OK.
- Select “Capture Specific Window” from the Mode menu and select your game from the “Window” menu. Depending on the game, you may need to run it in the background before it is detected by OBS.
- Check and enable / disable any other options you want to include and click “OK” to save the settings.
- If you want to include other sources, you can. Right click on the “Sources” box and add anything else, from video capture device (live stream from webcam) to Monitor Capture (all on your screen) and simple text and images.
- Once you’ve added all of your fonts, you’ll want to play around with the layout. Select the font you want to resize from the Fonts menu, and then drag and drop the font into the stream preview area. You can change the size by dragging the circular icons to each corner.
Once you like the layout of your stream and you’ve successfully completed setting up OBS to stream on Twitch, the last step is to click on “ Start Stream on OBS ” to begin streaming. To play!
Using Streamlabs OBS
The other free streaming option on Twitch is to use Streamlabs OBS, which offers something more complete to aspire to become authentic streamers. And is that Streamlabs OBS offers an additional feature that you won’t see in others.
Set up streaming on Twitch
To get started, you need to sign in with Twitch, YouTube or Mixer to access Streamlabs OBS. If you didn’t choose to configure it initially, don’t worry, you can do it as follows.
If you’re signed in with Twitch, you can skip to the next section!
- At the top right of the screen, click on the “Settings” icon.
- In the left menu, select “Streaming”.
- Select Twitch from the drop-down menu and follow the onscreen instructions to sign in.
- Give Streamlabs permission to access your Twitch account.
here, you’ve already set up Twitch. All you need to do is configure your broadcast or scene layout, just like we’ve done before.
Configure your broadcast layout
While logging in to Twitch was easy, setting up your stream (or scene) layout can be a bit more complex depending on what you want to display. Accessible via the ‘Editor’ tab, you can create a simple scene with your game capture.
You can also add your webcam image to a certain feed or add widgets showing recent donations, subscriptions and more. You can even show off your Twitch chat in-game, although we’re not sure why you would want to open up to that!
Click the “More” icon in the menu of the “Editor” tab to find different items to add. These range from fairly standard fonts, to webcams, images and text, complex widgets and a lot more.
There are too many options to select. We recommend that you take the time to experiment with different layouts, fonts, etc. to find whatever works for you and your broadcast.
Also consider the user interface of your game. You don’t want to cover important elements like the minimap with your webcam image!
The best part about Streamlabs is that it has a growing library of prebuilt themes for those of us who aren’t quite so creative or technical.
Simply click on the “Themes” tab of Streamlabs to browse the alternatives; you can search by game type, game name and more. Once you’ve found a theme you like, simply download it and customize it however you like to give it an identity.
Once you have completed the process of linking Streamlabs to Twitch and designing your look, all that’s left is to stream and share your amazing game with the community. In Streamlabs OBS, it’s simple:
- Click on “Go Live” at the bottom right.
- Enter a title for your stream that can be played and select the game you will be playing from the drop-down menu.
- Click Confirm and Upload to get started!
- Streamlabs offers built-in Twitch chat support, which means you can quickly access your Twitch chat by clicking the icon to the right of the Settings icon. (No need to open Chrome while streaming, using processing power.)
Using XSplit Gamecaster
For those who want to use a more optimized, easy to use and less CPU intensive OBS equivalent, we recommend
Set up Twitch streaming
Once you’ve downloaded XSplit Gamecaster, the first thing you’ll want to do is connect it to your Twitch account. To do so, follow these steps:
- Open XSplit Gamecaster on your PC or Mac and sign in if you haven’t already.
- Select the “Accounts” tab at the top of the Gamecaster window and click “Allow Live Streaming on Twitch”.
- A window should appear in the app asking you to sign in to your Twitch account. Enter your username and password and login.
- Click “Allow” to allow Gamecaster to stream to the Twitch account.
- The window will close and you should be able to see your Twitch username next to the Twitch live stream submenu in Gamecaster.
Configure your broadcast layout
Setting up Twitch isn’t the only easy thing in XSplit Gamecaster, it’s also easy to customize the elements and layout of your stream.
You can add things like a camera, FPS counter, social media IDs, or a “ BRB ” graphic when you need to disappear for a while and the broadcast continues to show your figure or image.
To customize your broadcast layout in Gamecaster:
- Open XSplit Gamecaster and select the “Settings” tab.
- From the “Devices” menu, select the microphone and camera you want to use.
- In the game’s Overlay menu, add your BRB graphic (if you don’t like the default) and any social media IDs that should be displayed.
- In the keyboard shortcuts section, we recommend that you map the keys for Overlay, Stream, Screenshot, and BRB graphics. You can check them all, of course, but you might have a hard time remembering them all.
- Then, launch the game you want to stream from (don’t worry, we’re not live yet!).
- Access the Gamecaster overlay (default is Ctrl + Tab). From there, you will see all of your live streaming elements appear on the screen (camera, FPS counter, etc.).
- Click and drag your items to move their position on the screen, and tap the pencil icon to change them. You can also tap the TV icon to decide whether the item is visible only to those watching the show or to you as well.
Go live on Twitch
Once you’ve completed the design you want, there’s just one thing left to do: start streaming.
- Open the game you want to stream on Twitch.
- Press Ctrl + Tab (or any combination you selected to access the Gamecaster overlay).
- Click on “Stream” and enter the title and game you are going to play.
- Click on “Start broadcasting”. Your custom broadcast overlay should appear.
- The Twitch icon at the top left shows the connection status and viewers joining your live.
- Let the game begins!