How to Stream on Twitch

Do you want to join the large and vivid gaming enthusiasts community of Twitch but you are not sure about how to stream your gaming sessions?

If that is the case, then this quick guide on how to stream on Twitch will help you set up your account and start streaming your awesomeness on Twitch. The streaming software tool that I will be using for this tutorial is called OBS Studio and it is freely available to download for Mac, Windows, and Linux on https://obsproject.com/ so you make sure to download and install it in your system. 

Create a Twitch Account

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First, you need to visit twitch.tv and click on the "sign up" button to create a new account. Enter your details and then hop to the email to validate your address and you're done. Of course, you may always set up the various options provided by the Twitch platform but there's nothing else that you need to do to start your stream other than creating an account. 

Add the key to OBS

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Go to your Dashboard on Twitch and then select the "Settings" tab that contains your unique streaming key. There click on the "show key" button and copy the key. Next, go to the OBS tool and select File -> Settings -> Stream and paste the key on the corresponding box and click on "Apply" followed by "OK". 

Set up your Capture Sources

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Click on the "add/plus" sign on the lower left to add capture sources. Here you may add the "screen capture" and a "video capture" if you want to show your face while playing. You can also choose the option of window capturing so as to be able to seamlessly browse your workspaces or interchange your view without your stream feed following this action. The capture windows are movable and resizable so you can adjust them according to your purpose from the main screen on the center of the application. 

Start Streaming

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Finally, click on the "Start Streaming" button located on the lower right and your stream will begin. Now if you get back to the Twitch website, you will see that your Channel status will have been changed to "Live" and you will see your stream right there. In the meantime, OBS will display performance stats so you can figure out whether your stream is laggy or smooth and adjust your graphic settings accordingly. Note that your internet speed and the upload limit in particular is also a limitation and bottleneck here. 

That's all there is to the technical side of things really. The rest is all your gaming skill, personal charisma, and luck. If for any reason the OBS studio doesn't work for you, know that there are alternative capturing and streaming tools like XSplit Gamecaster, Vmix, Wirecast, Gameshow, and Live Gamer Extreme. Have fun giving this a try, and good luck populating your channel with supporting members of the Twitch community. 

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