How to Stream on Twitch on PC (Guide)

With over 2.2 million unique monthly streamers and an excess of 292 billion minutes of content watched, Twitch is definitely the place to be if you plan on streaming your game. The live streaming platform, acquired by Amazon.com in 2014, has been growing at an exponential rate and amassed over 100 million unique monthly users as of November 2017.

If you’re thinking of starting your own Twitch channel using a PC but aren’t sure how to go about it, you’ve come to the right place. Follow the instructions provided below to start streaming on Twitch right away!

Minimum requirements to stream on Twitch

System

Firstly, to start streaming on Twitch, you will need a decent PC. As per Twitch streaming requirements, the minimum hardware specs include:

  • Intel Core i5-4670 processor (or AMD equivalent)
  • 8 GB of RAM
  • Windows 7 or newer

Also, you will need a dedicated graphics card that is capable enough to run what you intend to play and run the streaming software at the same time.

broadcast software

One of the most essential parts of any streamer’s toolkit is the streaming software. The open streaming software (Free) is the most used streaming software for amateur streamers. It brings all the essential features you need to start streaming on Twitch, with the best part being that it’s open source and completely free. For this tutorial, we will be using OBS to stream your stream on Twitch.

Setting up your Twitch page

Now that you’ve got the basic requirements sorted out, you’ll have to set up your Twitch page. Follow these steps to get started with your Twitch page:

  • Go to Twitch.tv and sign up for a new account or log in if you already have an account.
  • Select Dashboard from the drop-down menu in the upper-right corner of the screen.
  • On the Live tab, fill in a Title for your stream, choose the game you want to stream, and select the Communities you want your stream to be associated with.Twitch live stream information
  • Once you’ve set up your Twitch page, it’s time to set up your streaming software.

Using OBS

flow configuration

  • After downloading and installing OBS, right-click the icon and select Run as administrator.
  • Select Settings from the File menu and click the Flow tab.
    OBS settings contraction
  • Select Twitch from the list of streaming services and leave the Server option on Auto.
  • Open the Twitch dashboard, go to the Settings tab and click on Stream Key.
    Twitch settings show the key
  • Click Show Key and copy the Stream Key displayed in the popup.
  • Paste the Stream Key into the Stream tab in OBS.
    OBS Flow Key

Live

  • In the OBS interface, click the ‘+’ icon on the Sources tab and select Display Capture.
  • Display capture OBSCreate a new screenshot and rename it to your preference.
  • Once a new video capture is created, a properties window will appear where you can select the video capture resolution.
    OBS screenshot resolution
  • If you want to stream video from your webcam, you can add additional feeds in the source menu.
  • You can now select the Start Streaming option from the main OBS interface and go straight to the action.
    NOTE Start transmission

Streaming software alternatives

While OBS is good enough for a live streaming newbie, there are several other streaming software on the market that offer much more control over the stream and even allow users to get video from other sources. X Division ($199) is one such paid software that allows users to stream to multiple channels at the same time, get video directly from Skype and send it to a projector. The software is also available for free, but the free version has limited functionality and to access all the features you will have to shell out a little money in monthly subscriptions or a lifetime license.

SEE TOO: How to Stream Games Using Microsoft Mixer on Windows 10

Start with your Twitch broadcast

I personally followed the steps mentioned above to stream my first PUBG game on Twitch without any issues. As I used a laptop, I noticed some FPS drops here and there, but your mileage may vary depending on your system configuration. In my opinion, getting started on Twitch is a pretty easy process. If you happen to have an idea, I suggest you cut to the chase and it will hardly take you an hour to go live for the first time.

However, don’t expect your Twitch stream to match those of professional streamers if you’re using this guide. There are a lot more nuances to streaming and getting high-quality professional streams, most of which involve expensive hardware and software. Would you be interested in learning to broadcast like a pro? Let us know in the comments section below.

Games You Can Stream On Twitch From PC

game title Developer
overwatch Blizzard Entertainment
PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds PUBG Corporation
Fortnite epic games
League of Legends riot games
Counter-Strike: Global Offensive Valve Corporation
DOTA 2 Valve Corporation
Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon Wildlands Ubisoft
Rainbow Six Siege Ubisoft
Grand Theft Auto GTA V rockstar games
Final Fantasy XV Square Enix
rocket league Psyonix
sea ​​of ​​thieves Crude
FIFA 18 AND THE
NBA 2k18 AND THE
Mortal Kombat XL NetherRealm Studios
Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice Ninja Theory
character 5 P-Studio
Forza Horizon 3 recreational games
Forza Motorsport 7 Turn 10 Studios
The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt CD Project RED
Resident Evil 7: Biohazard capcom
Hitman: The Complete First Season Square Enix
Nioh Ninja team
for honor Ubisoft Montreal
sniper elite 4 Developments of the Rebellion
Nier: Automata PlatinumGames
The Elder Scrolls: Legends Bethesda Softworks
Mass Effect: Andromeda BioWare
Bulletstorm: Full Clip Editing epic games
Stardew Valley: Collector’s Edition games for sick
survive II Red Drums
Sniper: Ghost Warrior 3 IC games
Warhammer 40,000: Dawn of War III entertainment relic
prey Arkane Studios
injustice 2 NetherRealm Studios
The wave deck 13
darksiders vigil games
Friday the 13th: The Game weapon media
rhyme Tequila Works
Don’t starve Mega Pack Klei Entertainment
Tekken 7 Bandai Namco Entertainment
Destroy psygnosis
dead in daylight Interactive Behavior
Nex Machina housemarque
Elite: Dangerous frontier developments
Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy vicarious visions
agents of chaos Willing
sonic mania sega of america
Observer Bloober team
Absolve sloclap
Ark: Evolved Survival Virtual Basement LLC
Hello Neighbor dynamic pixels
redout 34 Big Things
XCOM Hasbro Interactive
Life is Strange: Before the Storm deck nine
destination 2 Bungie
Rayman Legends: Definitive Edition Ubisoft
Deity: Original Sin II Larian Studios
Dishonored: Death of the Stranger Arkane Studios
NHL 18 AND THE
Marvel vs Capcom Infinite capcom
Dragon Ball: Xenoverse 2 ripples
Project Cars 2 Slightly Crazy Studios
Fallout 4: Game of the Year Edition Bethesda Softworks
cuphead MDHR Studio
a hat in time Gears for breakfast
South Park: the fractured but whole Ubisoft
Age Of Empires: Definitive Edition Microsoft Studios
Doom identification software
Need For Speed: Return ghost games
LA Noire rockstar games
Star Wars Battlefront II EA DATA
the Sims 4 AND THE

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