To begin broadcasting your Mac 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 Mac, along with broadcast software.
Starting with your Mac, here's our recommended specifications.
- CPU: 2.3 GHz Intel Core i5
- Memory: 4GB DDR3 SDRAM
PROTIP: It's best to utilize a Mac with a dedicated video card, such as one with an AMD Radeon, as the built-in Intel HD Graphics will take away from valuable CPU power.
To broadcast to Twitch, you'll need broadcast software. For Mac, the all-in-one solutions are Wirecast and Gameshow, with other options requiring a combination of webcam software such as CamTwist or ManyCam, in combination with Adobe Flash Media Encoder. Note that FMLE is not supported by our services anymore, but may still work with manual configuration.
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 Mac 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.