What Is Game Streaming and How Do You Do It?

What Is Game Streaming and How Do You Do It?

In 2020, there were over 740 million viewers subscribed to different streaming platforms like Twitch, YouTube and Facebook. One of the most popular live streaming categories is gaming. You may wonder, “Why do many gamers stream their gameplay?” and “Why do others watch this content?” Read on to find out.

What Is Game Streaming?

Video game streaming is when a gamer shares their screen during a live gaming session over the internet while they’re playing. This allows viewers to watch the gameplay and to interact with the streamer real time.

Screen sharing allows the gamer to directly share their game, letting followers and viewers become active participants, chatting live during the game, giving advice or encouragement, and reacting to events as they happen.

How to Screen Share Video Games

To screen share a live gaming session, you should turn on the screen share feature on your favorite video streaming app. Then, navigate to the screen share button option. The share button location varies depending on the software you use. The next step is to choose which screen to share. You can share the entire screen or just the game window. Finally, pick the desired streaming quality and go live.

Best Software for Streaming Games

Picking your favorite software may look hard and sophisticated - the right app should give you exceptional video and audio quality along with customizations like uploading your own logo, background and overlays, creating layout and so on. Last but not least - we want your software to be intuitive and easy to use. Luckily, there are several options available at low cost - or even for free:

Streamlabs Desktop

Streamlabs is a leading software full of tools and features for gamers and content creators. Whether it’s a Logo Maker, Video Editor, or Intro Maker, they provide a comprehensive set of tools to produce engaging content. Streamlabs Desktop is available at no cost and is one of the most intuitive yet powerful options in the gaming sector. Not only does it provide solid video and screen sharing quality, but it allows you monetize streams with Donations and Alerts included.

OBS Studio

Free and open source, OBS Studio is built for creators to record and stream. With OBS you can stream straight to Twitch, YouTube, Facebook and many other platforms - including simulcasting (streaming to multiple platforms at the same time). It’s an amazing option if you want to capture games at high level quality, especially if you’re an advanced user.

XSplit Broadcaster

XSplit Broadcaster is a live streaming tool for Windows users that lets you stream and record - if you own a Premium license 4K 60fps becomes available. Not to mention, you can go live to several platforms simultaneously. It comes with some nice features like Preview Editor and scene transitions.

Melon

Melon provides superior streaming services with the latest video streaming technology and while it is often used to screen share non-gaming content, it also works for gaming - especially light browser-based games that are not CPU-intensive.

To sum up

Screen sharing is one of the primary features in gaming. Picking your favorite tool and setting things up might take a bit of time, but the result is always worth it.

If you have any additional questions about sharing games during your live stream, please let us know at [email protected] and happy streaming!

Melon team