Twitch.tv is a game-streaming website that lets anyone sign up and broadcast their gameplay. OBS is a free broadcasting program that lets you customize your stream by adding game footage, webcams, graphics, and more.

Here's a quick-and-easy tutorial for starting your own channel on Twitch.

  • Sign up for a Twitch account
  • Download OBS http://obsproject.com/
  • Find your stream key on Twitch. Do this by going to your dashboard, then clicking "streaming apps" on the right-hand side. In the new window, click the "show key" button on the right-hand side.
  • Install and open OBS
  • Go to "Broadcast Settings" and input your stream key into the appropriate field
  • Test your internet's upload speed at http://testmy.net/
  • Only stream if you have at least 1 Mbps upload speed. Any slower, and your video will lag, and people won't enjoy watching it
  • Create a new "scene" on the main interface of OBS
  • Add new sources, such as a window capture, game capture, or video camera capture
  • Test your new setup by streaming a test broadcast
  • Watch the footage once the broadcast is over (your twitch account has a broadcast archive), and see if there are any issues that need to be improved.

Feel free to ask me any questions in the comments!