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Game streaming is a weird genre of entertainment. If you went back to the early days of Doom and Quake and told people that one day they would flock to the Internet to watch other people play video games, not only wouldn’t they believe you, you’d also secure your place as the least useful time traveler in history.

That said, the appeal is undeniable. A lot of people are having a lot of success on game streaming sites like Twitch, and the results are often genuinely entertaining. So let’s say that you want to get in on that sweet live-streaming fame and fortune. Do you need expensive software? A degree in computer science? A jury-rigged second monitor with a webcam glued to it?

Thankfully, no. All you need is a decently fast computer, a reasonable uplink connection, some free software, and a little patience. Obviously, Twitch.tv is the king of streaming right now, with hits like TwitchPlaysPokemon Google Logins, Harmonix Chroma, Spotify IPO, Pokemon Twitch [Tech News Digest] Google Logins, Harmonix Chroma, Spotify IPO, Pokemon Twitch [Tech News Digest] Google acquires SlickLogin, Dropbox unblocked in China, Rock Band creator's shooter, Spotify prepares IPO, Back To The Future Power Laces possible, Twitch Plays Pokemon is pure madness, and return your VHS video rentals. Read More driving hundreds of thousands of people to the site. However, a number of other companies are getting into the action. So, along with Twitch, I’ll also be showing you how to use two of Twitch’s top competitors: Ustream and YouTube .

Let’s get started!

Twitch.tv

Twitch, as market leader, has a lot of advantages – it’s got a broad user base, and most of your potential audience already has an account there.  Unfortunately, while anyone can stream on it, making money (and ensuring that ads don’t play at inconvenient times) is reserved for partners – and partnership requires you to consistently draw hundreds of viewers and broadcast regularly. See here for more information about the requirements.

In order to stream to Twitch, start by creating a Twitch account at www.twitch.tv/signup. After that, you’ll need to download an encoder, which is a piece of software that captures your screen or game window and sends the feed to Twitch’s servers. There are several encoder clients available How to Live Stream Your Gaming Sessions How to Live Stream Your Gaming Sessions As we enter our month of gaming giveaways, it seems only appropriate that we look at the delicate art of live streaming PC and console games. Although it's difficult to understand why anyone would want... Read More , but we’ll be using the open source client, namely Open Broadcast Software, which you can download here.  You can see it in operation below.

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We’ve covered this in-depth before, so make sure to check out our guide to live streaming to Twitch with OBS How To Live Stream Your Gaming Sessions Using Open Broadcaster Software How To Live Stream Your Gaming Sessions Using Open Broadcaster Software Live streams have become all the rage these days in the world of gaming, and with Open Broadcaster Software you can join in with your own streaming sessions for the world to watch. Read More for a detailed breakdown.

YouTube

YouTube has supported live streaming for a while, but only recently have they opened the functionality to the public. Live streaming over YouTube has a lot of advantages. Almost everyone has a Google account, and YouTube doesn’t require you to be a partner to control the monetization options of your stream. You can disable ads at will, and if you choose to show them, you get a cut.

To begin streaming with YouTube, first go to the YouTube channel switcher, and make a new channel for your stream. You’ll need to download WireCast For YouTube, a dedicated client that speeds up some of the configuration. When it finishes downloading, open and run it.

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Next, we’re going to create a stream. Go to your live events on YouTube and enable live streaming, then add a new event. You’ll want to set the type to ‘custom’ and then pick the encoder you’re using (‘Wirecast’). The UI here is fairly user-friendly. Start the stream by clicking ‘Go live’. If you go to it now, you should see a YouTube streaming page with generic message displayed.

Now it’s time to configure Wirecast. Click on the plus icon at the bottom, click on the monitor icon, and click ‘new local desktop presenter’. This will give you a few options on how and what you want to capture: choose the monitor or window you want, then click okay. Right click again and select ‘add desktop presenter shot.’ This will create a new icon on which you should see a tiny copy of your desktop or game window. Click on it to make it active, and a yellow border should appear to indicate this.

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To connect Wirecast to your YouTube stream, you’ll need to go to Output->Output Settings. Click ‘authenticate.’ This will open a web browser window asking you to confirm that Wirecast is allowed to use your account. Click yes, and return to Wirecast. Now, you should be able to select from a list of ongoing live events. Pick the one you want, apply the settings, and return to the main screen.

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By now, you should see a copy of your desktop being displayed in the preview window. Click the ‘stream’ button at the top of Wirecast, and within a moment, your YouTube stream should be displaying your desktop or game window (you may have to refresh).  Good job!  You’re now a bonafide YouTube personality.

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UStream

While UStream isn’t primarily a dedicated gaming site, you can run gaming streams through it, and it offers better performance and lower latency than most of its competitors – which can be useful when streaming some games. Like Twitch, it works well on mobile devices. Ustream is also one of the streaming services used by the PS4.

To stream to Ustream, we’re first going to create an account, create a new stream, and take it live.  With this done, we’ll download an encoder, namely UStream Producer.

Don’t let the name deceive you: UStream Producer is secretly just Wirecast, customized for the service. You can add your video source and connect your stream exactly like Wirecast for YouTube.  The only difference is that you’ll be asked to log in with your UStream account immediately, instead of doing it through the Output Settings menu.

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When it’s all configured, click ‘Stream’ at the top of the window. That’s it!  You’re now streaming to your UStream channel!

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What Next?

Congratulations! You’re now one of those fancy game streamers you’ve heard so much about. All that’s left now is to build a following and establish yourself in the community, and you’ll be well on your way to world domination (or at least moderate success as an Internet personality).

Some tips for success? Be funny. Play funny games, or do funny things with serious games. Keep abreast of new games in the news that people might be looking for.  Be creative: TwitchPlaysPokemon wasn’t a great game or a great personality, it was a great idea, and it paid off.  Stream regularly, and try to maintain a high standard of quality. When you’ve built a small following, talk to more established streamers about doing joint events. Good luck, and happy streaming!

  1. jhon kay
    July 10, 2015 at 12:41 pm

    thanks for info hellofgames.com

  2. ITPalg
    May 16, 2015 at 10:51 am

    Instead of using all those separate softwares to stream, just use OBS.

    You can use OBS for YouTube, etc. You do not need to use Wirecast.

    You can also use a free service, Restream.io, to stream to multiple services at the same time, including Ustream, Twitch, YouTube, etc, simply by streaming to the Restream.io service.
    Restream.io's instructions for YouTube are kinda off, as I have been able to stream to YouTube somehow/sometimes without setting up a new live stream every time. I have found it saving live stream videos and my account posts to Twitter that a video was up, when I never set YouTube to broadcast a live event. I have yet to narrow down the cause/reasons that it hasn't done it 100% of the time. When YouTube finally gets their gaming live stream service up, then it should be easier.

    All of this was active even at the time this article was made in 2014, so it isn't new in 2015.

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