A game lover or not, many might have heard about video game live streaming. Of course, a hardcore gamer will know what it is. After all, watching a video game live streaming is what keeps them occupied other than playing games on their mobile, PC or Xbox.
Let us see what a video game live streaming is and its requirements.
What is video game live streaming?
A video game live streaming is wherein a gamer or creator records himself playing games on a device and streams it to a live audience on a game streaming platform through a game streaming software. Made popular in the 2010s, it has now become a global phenomenon with star gamers earning income from sponsors, donations, advertisements and subscriptions. The main highlight is the live commentary from the gamers that interests and entertains the audience.
Originally started on the online game streaming channel Twitch, it has now spread its wings to Facebook and YouTube.
The video game market is immensely huge and the gaming companies conduct online leagues and esports (online video game competitions) to attract users to download its games.
Here are the gaming industry statistics to help you understand the popularity of video game live streaming.
Gaming Industry Statistics-
- The value of the video game market in the US is 60.4 billion USD in 2020 from 43.4 billion USD in 2018. The global video market revenue is predicted to grow to $138 billion by 2021 and a resounding $300 billion industry by 2025.
- There are an estimated 2.7 billion gamers across the world in 2020. The Asia Pacific region has the highest number of gamers at 1.5 billion.
- The global gaming market is expected to generate $160 billion in revenue in 2020 and expected to reach $200 billion in 2023.
- The mobile gaming will account for $77 billion in revenue in 2020 which is an increase of 13% from the previous year.
- An astonishing fact is the growth of games on mobile in 2020 with an expected 2.6 billion gamers on mobile devices out of the total of 2.7 billion players.
What tools or devices are needed to live stream games?
Desktop/laptop- You need at least an Intel i7 CPU, 8 GB RAM, 2.5 GHz, an SSD and many USB ports.
Gaming Device- PC, Xbox One, Laptop, Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, mobile device.
Camera- You can use a USB webcam or a digital camera for your live streaming.
Microphone- For good quality audio, it is better to use a condenser microphone that doesn’t pick up a lot of background noise.
Audio Mixer- This is to use multiple microphones and other audio sources. Ensure that your audio mixer has a number of inputs and also has an output to get the audio to the computer.
Software- A live streamer will need video streaming and switching software.
Internet Access- Get access to a wired network with at least an upload speed of 3-5 Mbps.
Streaming Channels- YouTube, Facebook Live, Twitch are famous video game live streaming channels where you will get people to watch your live streaming.
Best live game streaming software
What is a live game streaming software?
A live game streaming software is actually a software encoder that converts the video input into a playable digital format and sends it across through the internet. Along with this they even help you to adjust the quality of your streaming through graphics addition, multiple-camera and multiple-audio switching. There is also live game streaming hardware available where the encoding takes place locally. But the software is widely used and popular.
- XSplit- An excellent live streaming software for the Windows platform, the XSplit has both free and paid versions.
- OBS Studio- The Open Broadcaster Software (OBS) Studio is a free open source streaming software that is customizable but is not easy to understand for beginners.
- Streamlabs OBS- Previously only a streaming tool, Streamlabs OBS has now integrated a powerful streaming software into it that offers all the necessary tools to go live on Facebook, YouTube or Twitch.
- Twitch Studio- This beta streaming software by Twitch makes the streaming process easy.
Popular Gaming Streaming Sites or Channels
A gaming streaming site is a channel or destination that broadcasts your live stream to an audience. The popular social media channels like Facebook, YouTube and Twitch act as video live streaming platforms.
Twitch by Amazon is a video live streaming service that is famous for game live streaming. It also broadcasts esports competitions, music, gaming-related talk shows, food, lifestyle and other creative content. Twitch has over 3 million monthly broadcasters and 15 million daily active users. With Twitch, a split-screen display allows you to see the streamer play and what they see or play on their monitor along with their audio. Users can purchase games through links with streamers receiving a commission on sales. The user can add comments and ask questions to receive answers in real-time. The live stream can also be saved to watch it at a later time. Twitch subscriptions allow users to watch the live streams ad-free and also support their favorite streamers.
Previously YouTube had designed a separate dedicated portal for gaming called the YouTube Gaming app in 2015. But since there was a lot of confusion regarding the main YouTube app and the YouTube Gaming app, it was decided to merge the two. The YouTube Gaming app closed down in May 2019 and the subscribers were shifted to the main app.
The Gaming page on YouTube is a treasure for gamers and creators with over 86 million subscribers. It has sections for trending game videos, top live streams, recommended gaming videos based on user subscriptions and history and top live games. There is also a section for the latest gaming videos from the user subscriptions. If any game becomes popular and has a significant presence on YouTube, a page is automatically generated for it and the algorithm decides the videos that have to go inside this page.
Twitch remains the most popular game streaming channel in the US and Europe whereas YouTube is popular in Asia and Latin America. But YouTube is carving its own identity in gaming and may soon take over Twitch’s dominance. The highlight reels and other shorter videos by game creators are catching up with the audience and also the esports leagues like the Call Of Duty League and the OverWatch League.
3. Facebook Gaming-
Launched in 2018, Facebook Gaming offers users access to live gaming streams, groups and instant games. Its active users increased by 234% in 2019-20. Popular in South East Asia, Facebook Gaming has seen a steady inflow of star streamers since 2019. When Microsoft closed its game streaming service, Mixer, in 2020, it collaborated with Facebook Gaming and gave its users an option to redirect to the Facebook platform.
This Chinese video live streaming service has recently acquired a 3 year exclusive right to broadcast League of Legends World Championship, Mid-Season Invitational and League of Legends All Star in China.
Half-Life TV covers Counter Strike: Global Offensive esports news and tournaments.
6. BIGO TV-
This live streaming service founded in Singapore is already popular in Thailand and has over 350 million users globally. It has obtained the 5th place in the worldwide streaming apps. It is now banned in countries of India and Pakistan.
7. Afreeca TV-
Any FREE broadCAsting or Afreeca TV available in South Korea is famous for its various esports leagues like the Afreeca TV StarCast League (ASL), Global Starcraft 2 League (GSL) and the Afreeca TV Battle Ground League (APL). IT is also known for the esports broadcast relay station like OverWatch APEX relay and the League of Legends Pro League Korean Relay.
The other popular video streaming services are Huya, DLive, Smashcast.tv and GosuGamers.
How to live stream your game on PC to Twitch?
Sign up for Twitch to create your account. You get a stream key that links and streams to your profile from the free broadcasting apps (you have to use Twitch recommended apps). If you use a free broadcasting app like OBS, you have to enter the key here so that this app can communicate with your Twitch channel account to stream the game live. You have to select the source (specific window, entire screen), audio levels, stream quality, etc. Once the setup process is complete, click on the ‘Stream’ button and you are ready for the broadcast.
How to live stream from Android Mobile to YouTube?
For live streaming from the Android mobile to YouTube, you have to download the YouTube app and create a live stream through the ‘Capture’ & ‘Go Live’ option. But this is possible only when you have at least 1000 subscribers and get access to mobile live streaming. Also, the first live stream may take 24 hours to be enabled. YouTube also gives the option to schedule a live stream.
NOTE: Use the Android phone’s ‘Do Not Disturb’ mode to avoid interruptions.
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