Currently, Twitch is the most used video game streaming platform in the world, it has more than 15 million active users and it is the best ecosystem to grow and become recognized as a gamer. But, after thinking about a theme and the games where we are going to show our skill, we must learn how to stream on Twitch.
It is not as easy as having a good console and a functional webcam. It is also important to make some configurations in our account. This way, we can even start accumulating streaming minutes to be considered in the partner or affiliate program in the future. Let’s see how to do it below.
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Steps to start streaming on Twitch for gamers
To begin with, we must take into account a series of requirements. We talk about the console and webcam, but it is also essential to have a good performance on our PC. Twitch requires at least 8 GB of RAM and an operating system superior to Win7. In addition, a good microphone is required to record the comments during the gameplay.
Once all these requirements have been met, we can follow these steps to set up our account and start streaming when we play our favorite games.
Select and install a streaming software
Assuming that we already have an account and a profile on the streaming platform, the first step would be to select and install a software that allows us to do the “live” with more professionalism. The most widely used is OBS Studio, an open source and totally free program. It is available for Windows, Linux and MacOS.
We can download the file from obsproject.com. Just select the version compatible with your OS and download the files. As with any other program, follow the installation instructions with the wizard.
Configure the stream in Twitch
Next, we can configure our stream sessions from our account. With this, we will be able to include comments in the chat simultaneously, invite other streamers, view audience statistics and more. To do this, we will access the broadcast information menu in our control panel. We will have a total of 5 types of settings available.
- Title: It is a space of 140 characters, we will use it to add a title to our broadcast. It is recommended to use keywords.
- Notifications: We can configure if we want our followers to receive personalized notifications every time we make a transmission.
- Category: Here we indicate the category or type of game we are going to broadcast.
- Community: It is very similar to category. But this time it will be a notification to people who do not follow us and it will be presented as a suggestion.
- Language: We select the language for the transmission, so that the audience is the correct one and understands us.
Connecting uour account with the streaming software
Now, we are going to make the OBS Studio software connect with our account on the platform. For this, we must access the software configuration menu, go to the “Stream” tab and select “Twitch” as the service. We will also be asked for a key to finish the configuration.
To get that key, we must go to the configuration menu of our account on the gaming platform. We must accept several privacy and confidentiality agreements to get our “stream key”. This code we will copy and paste it in the “key” section in the software configuration. And that’s it, you are connected.
Start streaming on your channel
Finally, we configure the recording source in OBS Studio. In the “sources” section we select “game capture”. Then, we can select the “studio mode” option to display the preview of our broadcast.
From there we configure everything, the design and the final view. Once satisfied, we click on the start streaming button and you will start streaming on Twitch.
I started with MMORPGs and I still play MMORPG, WOW and Tibia :). Casual player in mobile games and sometimes I play Shooters like Valorant or CSGO.