In this post, I'm going to show you how to get started on Twitch! In 7 quick and easy steps, you can set up your stream and start streaming today.
What you will need:
stable internet connection (with high bandwidth),
a webcam (optional)
To start streaming on Twitch, you will need at least:
an Intel Core i5-4670 processor (or its AMD equivalent),
8GB of RAM
on your PC or laptop.
You can find more about basic streaming equipment in this post.
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Step 1: First of all, you will need a Twitch account. You can register one here.
Step 2: Once you created your account sign in, and set it up.
In my opinion, you should add a unique profile picture, so people can recognize you later (people memorize pictures easier than written text).
Step 3: Once you have a Twitch account set up, you should decide which broadcasting/streaming software you will use for streaming games on Twitch.
I recommend one of these two if you are using Windows:
Streamlabs requires you to create a Streamlabs account but lets you multistream (stream to different platforms at the same time) very easily and you can create your own beautiful-themed website to connect with your followers easier.
I absolutely recommend Streamlabs if you are just about to start because in my opinion it is easier to set up your gaming stream and I think the interface of the program is a lot cleaner than OBS's. Also, with SLOBS you can add a whole lot of widgets and apps to your stream.
Step 4: After installing your broadcasting software, you should set it up. If you are willing to be minimal at first, it is enough to add your desired game's window and your webcam's picture (optional).
(You can find out more on how to set up OBS here to entertain your community on a higher level.)
Step 5a: After you set up your OBS, you should add your Twitch Stream key.
1. Log in to your Twitch account.
2. Click on your profile in the top right corner.
3. Click on 'Settings'.
4. Click on the 'Channel and Videos' tab.
5. Use the 'Copy' button next to your Primary Stream key to copy it.
6. Open OBS.
7. Click 'Settings' in the main window.
8. Select the 'Stream' tab on the left side.
9. If you connect your Twitch account here you are good to go.
If you are not willing to link your Twitch account click 'Use Stream Key'.
10. Next to 'Service' select 'Twitch'.
11. Select the geographically closest server for the best stream quality.
12.Past the Stream key in the field.
13. Click 'Apply'.
Step 5b: If you are using SLOBS you should connect your Twitch account to your Streamlabs account, and violá: you can start your stream pushing the 'Go Live' button in the bottom right corner in SLOBS.
You can also add your Twitch key manually if you don't wish to multistream. This is an advanced setting, so I only advise you to do this, if you are familiar with what you are doing.
If you are willing to:
1. Open SLOBS.
2. Open 'Settings'.
3. Select 'Stream' on the left side.
4. Click on 'Stream to custom ingest'.
5. Set the 'Server' to Twitch and paste your Twitch Stream key below.
If you don't know how to get your Twitch Stream key, check out points 1-5. shown in Step 5a earlier in this post.
Step 6: Don't forget to test your stream before you go live! You can run a test stream on Twitch on this link.
Test stream lets you know if your computer and internet connection is able to handle the data exchanged while streaming. It also helps you diagnose any problems before the first time you first go live.
Step 7: Start streaming!
Click on 'Start Streaming' if you are using OBS.
Click on 'Go Live' if you are using SLOBS.