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How to Broadcast PC Games

Last Updated: Jan 25, 2016 11:37AM PST

Broadcasting PC Games

Broadcasting games from your PC is an easy process, get your game on and start broadcasting to Twitch!

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To begin broadcasting your PC games on Twitch, first you'll need a Twitch account. Once you've signed up for a Twitch account, visit your dashboard or channel page to enable your account for broadcasting. Next, you'll need a moderately powerful PC, along with broadcasting software.
Starting with your PC, here's our recommended specifications.

Recommended Specifications

  • CPU: Intel Core i5-4670 or AMD Equivalent (Compare your CPU)
  • OS: Windows 7 Home Premium
Your GPU isn't the biggest factor but it is recommended to have a card that supports DirectX 10 and up.
Broadcasting Software
To broadcast to Twitch, you'll need broadcasting software. There are a number to choose from including OBS (Open Broadcaster Software), XSplit, and Gameshow. Please visit our knowledge base articles on these software choices to determine what works best for you or scroll down and check out the links we provided to popular broadcasting software.
Once you've downloaded the broadcast software of your choice, take the time to explore the settings and then feel free to experiment. Choose your favorite PC game and host a few practice streams. Utilize the Twitch Dashboard to view both your stream and chat room to monitor your success. When you're finished, visit your channel and review the VOD of your last broadcast and continue to tweak and improve your stream.
Don't forget to enable the VOD archiving first following this guide!

Below we've provided links and helpful guides for popular choices of broadcasting software. Please note settings may vary for your system and internet connection on guides or recommendations.

Helpful Links

Broadcasting Software Set-up Guides