There are many live-streaming platforms, but most of them are regional like Japan’s NicoNico or China’s Douyu. Twitch is one of the most popular streaming platform globally and the reason why it will be our platform of choice for an English speaking audience.
Making a Twitch account is a simple process. Once you are done, you should head over to your Twitch Dashboard and go to Channel under the Settings Tab. Once in it, enable the Store Past Broadcast option. What this does is pretty self-explanatory but extremely useful.
Every time you go live on Twitch, Twitch will automatically record and save your streams on your channel. This will allow your viewers to watch your past streams but do note that these recordings will be automatically deleted after 14 days (60 days if you are a Twitch Prime user or Twitch Partner).
You can, however, download those recordings from Twitch and even export them directly to YouTube to ensure they are not lost. You can also choose to forego this option and simply record and upload your streams directly to Twitch.
Once your Twitch account is up, you need to find a suitable application to broadcast your games on Twitch.
Twitch has a great list of free broadcasting applications listed on their Streaming Tools tab which you should take a look. These applications also come with handy setup guides that would give you a better idea of how to use each application.
We used the StreamLabs OBS application for our streams. StreamLabs OBS is a great tool because it lets you broadcast using the OBS Studio framework while giving additional streaming tools like overlays and alerts. It can however be a bit overwhelming with all the options available.
Having used both StreamLabs OBS and OBS Studio itself, we would recommend you start with OBS Studio first to get the hang of how to do video capture and the basics of setting up a stream on Twitch. Once you are comfortable, you can switch over to StreamLabs and tinker with overlays and alerts to give your stream a bit more zest. Alternatively, just jump straight into StreamLabs as the basic broadcasting function is that of OBS Studio.
Most importantly, get to know your broadcasting application of choice. Read up on it and learn what they can do for you.