These days, gaming is much more social than just inviting your buddies over to play Mortal Kombat. Now, you can share every game you play online with hundreds of people. Here’s how to broadcast your games live, or record them to share later.
Broadcasting games to an audience of strangers is a relatively new phenomenon. Like with Snapchat, Instagram, or even Facebook before them, the question everyone has to ask is “Why the heck would I want to do this?” Also like every other social service, the answer is “Because it’s fun.”
Presumably, you play video games because they’re fun. Sometimes you pull off some sweet trick. Sometimes it’s entertaining to watch someone else screw up. Sometimes the story is so engaging, it’s almost a movie. Watching movies is fun, so why wouldn’t watching cinematic video games be fun?
Well, all those videos you’ve ever watched of people playing games online have to come from somewhere. Broadcasting is easier than ever, and you get to share your experience with other people. They get to see what a game is like before they buy it. They can get the gist of a game they don’t have time to play. Best of all, you finally get an audience for that killer move you pulled off. If you’re enjoying a game, there’s no reason to think other people won’t also enjoy it.
When it comes to game broadcasting, there’s Twitch, and then there’s everyone else. How to Stream on Twitch allows you to broadcast your gameplay live, embed the stream on your web site or blog, share it to social networks, and it even comes with a built-in chat room for your viewers. If you want to share your games online, this is your first stop. Steam has a broadcasting feature as well, which we covered here, but it doesn’t actually broadcast or record until someone’s watching, and it’s limited to PC users. So, we’ll be focusing on Twitch. For all of the methods in this section, you’ll need to register for a Twitch account, so go ahead and do that now here.