Streaming

Upload and download speeds:

For one computer to stream in 1080p upload speeds of 3.5-5mbps are needed. Most college’s in 2019 have upload speeds of at least 50 mbps so this shouldn’t be an issue. Check our internet requirements page for more detail.

Computer specs:

You’ll want to be streaming on a desktop built specifically for gaming ideally. Twitch.tv recommends having at least Windows 7 or newer, and Intel Core i5-4670 processor( or its AMD equivalent), and 8GB of RAM. You’ll need a graphics card good enough for the games your playing, one that supports Directx 10 and up. Check out our gaming PC page for more detail.

Some twitch streamers have two computers for streaming. One for playing and one for broadcasting. While this is a great setup to have, it is absolutely not necessary to put on a great stream. One computer is more than enough to have a great broadcast for tournament games or for personal streams.

Monitor(s):

While not necessary a dual-monitor set-up is preferred for streaming. Having a double monitor is especially helpful for streaming so that players can have their different stream tools such as the chat up on one monitor and the game being streamed on the other monitor.

What some schools do is set-up one or a few desks specifically for streaming in a separate room or somewhere away from the rest of the team. This is helpful because those people streaming games don’t have to worry about being quiet amd they have more space for double monitors, a mic, and whatever other production equipment the school needs.

Equipping each gaming setup with two  monitors can get costly and take up too much space. Ultimately having the perfect monitor doesn’t matter much for a great stream. For specifics on what monitors we recommend, check out our monitors section.

Streaming accounts:

To stream the school will need an account on a streaming website such as Twitch.tv or Mixer. You can reate an account specific for your esports team to stream all the big games on. If players want to stream on their own they can stream through the team’s account or use their own Twitch/Mixer accounts.

Streaming software:

OBS Studio or Streamlabs OBS

OBS is the best option for streaming software. OBS can stream to YouTube and Twitch easily and even to multiple sites at once. OBS can be a bit complicated to set up at first, but is very flexible and also free to use. It is the most popular streaming service so there are more guides available which can make things easier to figure out for new users.

Streamlabs is an add-on service streamers use to manage their donations as well as monitor their metrics such as number of viewers, followers, and subscriptions.

Streamlabs OBS has all the features of OBS with Streamlabs built into it.

Both streamlabs and OBS are totally free.

There are other options worth exploring such as-

  1. Xsplit
  2. Nvidia Shadow Play

These options all have their setbacks. As of the time of writing (April 2019) they all have issues that make OBS the better option. OBS gives the most complete service and it’s free.

Xsplit only streams in 720p or higher the premium option that costs about $5 a month (depending on the plan).

Nvidia Shadow Play is only great at streaming gameplay. A more sophisticated stream will need to use a service like Xsplit or OBS.

Microphone:

If the team decides to provide peripherals such as headsets for the players then this piece of equipment will already be set. If the team wants to cast games or if a player is just streaming on their own, a microphone is needed. Check out our guide on headsets here: Both of our recommendations have microphone’s with enough quality for a good stream.

Web Camera:

Not absolutely necessary, but web cameras are nice to have a more interactive broadcast. Web cameras often have microphones that can be used to communicate with audience during streaming, but these are almost always lower quality than what a solid headset or desk microphone would provide. If possible don’t count on your web camera for your microphone.

Here are a few economical web cameras that will provide a consistent good picture quality for the stream:

  1. Logitech HD C615 $31.99 Streams in 1080p.
  2. Logitech C920 . $68.99 One of the nicest webcams that isn’t astronomically priced. Can stream in 1080p. Great if you’re going to set up one computer for broadcasting.

All of the different hardware, software, and internet speeds needed for streaming can seem overwhelming at first. It’s a lot to take in, but none of it is that complicated. Understanding the streaming landscape just takes some time, give yourself time to take it all in. This is another thing you can contact your IT department for, they might have some more insight into the best approach for your varsity program to take.

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