Since its launch in 2011, Twitch has offered a way for players to show their talents to a live audience. Today, the website has more than 10 million daily users and more than 2.2 million creators of active content.
The live gaming experience has been strengthened in recent years, and with electronic sports acquiring traction, gaming services such as Twitch, Mixer and YouTube Gaming will become more popular than ever.
But how can you get involved at home? Anyone who has enthusiastically subscribed to Twitch in the hope of playing live will already know that it is not as simple as you expected.
Do not worry In Tech Advisor, we have your support and here, we show you how to transmit on Twitch using OBS, Streamlabs and XSplit Gamecaster. Those who seek to transmit the game locally, for example, through a television, should take a look at the Steam link. Oh, and if you have a Nintendo Switch, you'll want to discover how to transmit on Twitch through your Switch because the process is slightly different.
Finally, if you want to play the game without affecting your performance too much, you probably want a dedicated capture card. Take a look at our summary of the best capture cards in the market to discover which one is right for you.
Open broadcast software (OBS)
One of the most popular ways to transmit on Twitch is to use the Open Broadcaster (OBS) software for free download available for Windows, Mac, and Linux.
While the software was once seen as an application directly from Windows 98, it has since been revised and offers a fairly deep transmission experience, although it is not yet as easy to use as XSplit or Streamlabs OBS.
Configure Twitch stream
- Right-click on OBS and select Run as administrator if you are using the software on Windows, since you need to have administrator permissions when using the Game Capture software on your PC.
- Click File> Settings and select the Transmit tab on the left side.
- Select Twitch in the drop-down list of Transmission Services.
- On the panel of your TV, select Settings> Transmission key> Show key, accepting on-screen prompts that warn you not to share your password with anyone else.
- Copy and paste the Transmission key in the Transmission key box in the Transmission configuration menu in OBS, then click Apply.
Configure your transmission design
Once you have set up your Twitch transmission, it's time to start thinking about the aesthetics of your transmission. Do you want to include graphics? Do you want to include a picture-in-picture mode that shows your webcam and reactions to the game?
There are many options available, although the exact functions will depend on your personal taste and what it will convey.
- In OBS, right-click in the Sources box and click Add> Game Capture.
- Select "Create new" and click OK.
- Select 'Specific capture window' in the Mode menu and select your game in the Window menu. Depending on the game, it may have to run in the background before being detected by OBS.
- Go through and enable / disable any other option you wish to include, and click OK to save the configuration.
- If you want to include other sources, you can do so. Right-click in the Sources box and add any other element, from the Video Capture Device (live broadcast of the webcam) to the Monitor Capture (everything shown on your screen) to the text and simple images. (Discover how to add text to live broadcasts using OBS here)
- Once you have added all your sources, you will want to play with the design. Select the source you want to rearrange / resize from the Sources menu and drag and drop the font into the broadcast preview box. You can change the size by dragging the circular icons in each corner, or simply move it from one area of the screen to another, it depends completely on you.
Go to live!
Once you are satisfied with the design of your live broadcast and have correctly set up OBS to transmit via Twitch, the last step is to click on Start Broadcast in OBS to start the transmission. You are already live, go free and follow the game!
For those who want more information about Open Broadcaster software, here is how to use OBS.
Streamlabs OBS is another free option for Twitch transmitters, and offers something a little more complete for aspiring transmitters. In fact, Streamlabs OBS offers a feature that is not offered in payment options such as XSplit Gamecaster, which makes it one of our best options for transmission on Twitch.
Configure Twitch stream
While you must log in with Twitch, YouTube or Mixer to access Streamlabs OBS, you may not have chosen to initially configure the software to transmit on Twitch. Do not worry it only takes a few clicks to change your streaming provider in Streamlabs OBS.
If you originally logged in with Twitch, you can move on to the next section!
- At the top right of the screen, click on the Settings icon (cog).
- In the menu on the left, select Streaming.
- In the drop-down menu, select Twitch and follow the instructions on the screen to log in.
- Grant permission to Streamlabs to access your Twitch account.
Viola! Now you are configured with Twitch; All you need to do now is set up the transmission design, or the "scene", and you're ready to start.
Configure your transmission design
While logging into Twitch was easy, setting up your broadcast (or Scene) design can be more complex depending on what you want. Accessible through the Editor tab, you can create a simple scene with your game capture and a webcam broadcast, or you can add widgets that show recent donations, subscriptions and more.
You can even show your Twitch chat in the game, although we do not know why you want to open up.
Simply click on the More icon in the Font menu on the Editor tab to search for different items to add. These range from fairly standard sources, such as webcams, images and text, to complex widgets and more. There are too many options to go through here; We recommend spending time experimenting with different designs, fonts and more to find what works for you and your flow.
Always bear in mind also the user interface of your game; You will not want to cover important elements like the mini map with the transmission of your webcam!
The best part of Streamlabs is that it has a growing library of prefabricated themes for those of us who are not as creative or technical. Just click on the Themes tab in Streamlabs to search for a theme; You can search by game type, game name and more. Once you have found the theme you like, just download it and customize it as you see fit.
Go to live!
Once you've gone through the process of linking to Twitch and designing your design, the only thing left to do is start sharing your amazing game with the community. In Streamlabs OBS, it's simple:
- Click GO LIVE in the lower right.
- Enter a title for your transmission and select the game that will play in the drop-down menu.
- Click on Confirm and you're ready to start!
Oh, and another little advice; Streamlabs offers integrated support for Twitch chat, which means you can quickly access your Twitch chat by clicking on the icon to the right of the Settings icon. It is not necessary to have Chrome open while transmitting, unnecessarily using the processing power!
For those who want a more agile, easy-to-use, lower-processor equivalent OBS, we recommend XSplit Gamecaster. It will cost you money: $ 24.99 for 3 months, $ 59.95 for 12 months, $ 149.95 for 36 months and $ 199 for a lifetime license, but it is much easier to use and offers a wide range of features.
Configure Twitch stream
Once you have purchased / downloaded XSplit Gamecaster, the first thing you want to do is connect it to your Twitch account. To do that:
- Open XSplit Gamecaster on your PC or Mac and log in if you have not already done so.
- Select the Accounts tab at the top of the Gamecaster window and click "Authorize live streaming on Twitch."
- A window will appear inside the application that will ask you to log in to your Twitch account. Enter your username and password, and log in.
- Click Authorize to allow Gamecaster to transmit to your Twitch account.
- The window should close and you should see your Twitch username next to the Twitch live broadcast submenu in Gamecaster.
Establish your transmission design
The configuration of Twitch is not the only thing that is easy to do in XSplit Gamecaster, but it is also easy to customize the elements and design of your transmission. You can add items such as the power of a camera, the FPS counter, the handles of social networks and even a "BRB" graphic for when you need to disappear from the live broadcast for a minute or two.
To customize your broadcast design in Gamecaster:
- Open XSplit Gamecaster and select the Settings tab.
- In the Devices menu, select the microphone and camera you would like to use.
- In the Overlay menu in the game, add your BRB graphic (if you do not like the default) and the social network identifiers that should be displayed.
- In the hot keys section, we would recommend assignment keys for Overlay, Transmission, Screen Capture and BRB Graphics. You can do them all, of course, but it can be hard to remember them all.
- Next, start the game you want to broadcast (do not worry, we're not live yet!).
- Access the Gamecaster overlay (the default is Ctrl + Tab). From here, you will see all the elements of the live broadcast on the screen (camera, FPS counter, etc.).
- Simply click and drag its elements to move its position on the screen, and touch the pencil icon to edit. You can also touch the TV icon to decide if the item is visible only to those who watch the broadcast, or to you as well.
Go live on twitch
Once you have ordered your design, there is only one thing left to do: go live.
- Open the game that you would like to broadcast on Twitch.
- Press Ctrl + Tab (or the combination you have selected to access the Gamecaster overlay).
- Click on "Transmit" and enter the title and the game you are playing.
- Click Start transmission and your custom transmission overlay should appear.
- The Twitch icon in the upper left shows the status of the connection and the viewers.
- Game on!