Facebook Live isn’t just for vlogging and funny cat videos, it’s also becoming a viable alternative to Twitch for aspiring video game streamers.
The huge social network now allows anyone with a Facebook account to go live via external sources from a PC, which means you can use the streaming app of your choice to create professional-looking shows that are instantly broadcast to your hundreds of Facebook friends.
You will need to know how to use a streaming application such as OBS or XSplit to take advantage of this functionality. For a detailed breakdown of these apps, check out our Twitch Streaming Tutorial – the steps are largely the same; you’ll just send your feed to Facebook instead of Twitch.
If you’re looking to share your gaming antics straight to your Facebook feed, here’s how to get started.
1. Visit Facebook.com/live/create and click Create a live broadcast.
2. Choose where you want your feed to be published (like on your timeline or in a group) and click Following.
3. Copy the streaming key and (if necessary) server URL to the streaming application of your choice. For OBS and XSplit, you can do this in the Settings menu.
4. Give your feed a name, and specify the game you are playing.
5. Click on Start broadcasting in the streaming app of your choice. For this tutorial, I am using OBS Studio. If you need help setting up your streaming app, click here.
6. Once you see a preview of your feed on Facebook, click Go live.
You are now live on Facebook, where your friends can watch you compete in PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds, scare you in Resident Evil 7, or play whatever you fancy. You will be able to monitor your chat room directly from Facebook and see a feed of your feed to make sure everything is working properly. You can also download videos of your broadcasts after they’re finished.
Keep in mind that this isn’t the only way to go live on Facebook. Blizzard games such as Overwatch and Hearthstone have built-in Facebook Live integration, and Nvidia’s GeForce experience allows you to stream just about any PC game to the social network with just a few clicks.
While these options are more convenient, using external sources is the way to go for aspiring professionals who want to fine-tune the look of their shows with overlays, multiple camera angles, and more.