With the launch of YouTube Gaming this last week there has been a lot of excitement and interest around the platform. With any new product though there is still some mess that you need to sort through while things become more streamlined. Here’s a quick guide to getting you started in your streaming adventures on YouTube Gaming as well as some helpful tips to make sure you attract an audience.

Getting Started

When you first load up the YouTube Live Dashboard you get a nice ‘Live Streaming Checklist’ that guides you through everything you need to do to get started in your new channel.

Live Dashboard

The live dashboard allows you to select and view multiple options, info, encoder settings and more.

Setting up your encoding software is the same process it always has been with Twitch or any other stream service. You enter in the RMTP server you’ll be connecting to and your stream name/key that is generated. Now when you click the Broadcast button in OBS/Xpslit you’ll be streaming to YouTube Gaming!

Adding stream info is much like your Twitch Panels and YouTube Video Descriptions. Be sure to put in an interesting title for your stream. I typically like to leave my live stream description as a sort of an ‘About Me’ with my Bio, Schedule, and Social Media but you can certainly add anything else you would like. Be sure to set the game that you will be playing too so you can more easily be found in searches and on the live page of games.

Optional features is when things start to get interesting but also a little daunting. You can stick to just the basic options when you’re first starting; monetization, enabling DVR, deciding if you want your VOD to be private immediately after you finish the stream, a stream delay and even the stream optimization if you’d like a shorter chat delay or to offer a stream with less viewer buffering.

Stream Options

Advanced settings allow more control over your stream.

I always go for a shorter chat delay since YouTube Gaming offers complete transcoding (quality) options for everyone, there shouldn’t be a huge problem with viewer buffering. I’m able to offer a more interactive experience by chatting with viewers in nearly real-time. You can dive even deeper into Options using the Advanced Settings where you can decide among a plethora of choices for your stream.

After you have everything set up for your channel, start broadcasting using OBS/Xsplit and you’ll be live on YouTube Gaming!

Helpful Hints

After using YouTube Gaming for a few days now I’ve created some helpful tips that will make the experience better for you and your viewers.

Thumbnails have always been an important part of YouTube. They’re one of the first things viewers see and decide on if they want to watch your stream/video. As it is now, thumbnails take a rather long time to update in live streams (sometimes longer than you’ll actually be streaming). I recommend making an interesting, vibrant thumbnail that attracts viewers to your stream no matter what game you’re playing. The thumbnail should give some insight to your stream and personality. Have the thumbnail grab the viewer’s attention and let your title describe what you’re streaming right now. I recommend taking a look at YouTube’s Creator Academy lesson on Thumbnails and Titles for tips on creating a compelling thumbnail.

As it’s been in the past, Cards are a way to link/promote other content of yours or somebody else’s within your video. You can use Cards in your live stream as well to promote videos, other channels, fan funding, merchandise and more! The Card will appear as an ‘i’ circle annotation in the top right hand of your stream. Now you can promote others and yourself easily and efficiently within your stream.


Cards allow you to incorporate videos, channels, fan funding and more directly into your stream!

Not even a week has passed and I’m fairly pleased with the platform YouTube Gaming is offering for streaming. I like being able to incorporate all of my branding within one platform. Easy and secure monetization, transcoding options allowing me to stream at a higher quality and DVR abilities are also great. There are a few kinks that need to be worked out between thumbnail update delays and delays switching game titles, but it’s a start. I’m excited to see the future of YouTube Gaming and what they can bring to the table for streaming communities and interaction.

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A photographer, dancer, adventurer and avid gamer. I enjoy a lot of different aspects of life, particularly those in the nerd spectrum. If you find yourself in my channel, I’ll be playing a variety of games from RPG’s to Shooters, or working on developing my own game which is planned to be released later this year! Feel free to swing by and chat with me!

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