Live stream your Stadia games

You can share live gameplay and commentary with people all over the world by live streaming your Stadia games to YouTube. When your live stream is over, you can access the video of your stream on your YouTube channel to view statistics and share it with friends.

Getting started

You can live stream in two ways:

  • Stream directly to YouTube: start a simple live stream of a game from stadia.com to YouTube. You can use features like Crowd Play and Crowd Choice.
  • Use streaming software: use third-party streaming software like OBS to stream from stadia.com to YouTube with features like Crowd Play and Crowd Choice, as well as webcam support.

To stream to YouTube, you'll need:

Enhanced streaming features

Some Stadia games support enhanced streaming features. For example, when you stream a game that supports Crowd Choice, viewers of your stream can vote to affect what happens in the game. Games that support Crowd Play let viewers join multiplayer matches directly from YouTube.

You can turn these features on or off before you start live streaming. Learn more about Crowd Play and Crowd Choice in our Stadia community forums.

Stream directly to YouTube

You can stream games directly from stadia.com to YouTube, with no third-party streaming software required.

  1. Sign in to your account on stadia.com.
  2. At the top, click your Stadia avatar and then Stadia settings and then YouTube.
  3. Next to the channel that you want to link, click Link with Stadia.
    • If you don't have a YouTube channel, click Create a channel and follow the on-screen instructions.
  4. Return to the Stadia home screen and launch the game that you want to stream.
  5. Open the Stadia menu and then click Live stream.
  6. Click Stream directly to YouTube.
  7. Choose whether or not your stream is intended to be viewed by children.
    • Note: If you choose to make your stream viewable by children, you won't be able to use enhanced features like Crowd Play or Crowd Choice.
  8. Choose live stream options:
    • Choose a title for your YouTube live stream.
    • Choose your privacy and voice & audio options.
    • Optional: Change whether or not your stream is intended to be viewed by children. This setting cannot be changed after your live stream begins.
    • Choose whether or not to show your viewer count on your live stream.
    • Click Start live stream.

When your stream is active, the word 'LIVE' will appear in a red bar at the top of your Stadia menu. To access your Stadia menu during gameplay, press the Stadia button Stadia button on your Stadia Controller, or Shift + Tab on your computer keyboard.

Note: You can only link one YouTube channel to your Stadia account at the same time. When you're streaming directly from stadia.com to YouTube, viewers won't be able to see your Stadia menus or on-screen notifications

Live stream with OBS or other third-party software

You can use Open Broadcaster Software (OBS) or other third-party software to live stream Stadia games to YouTube. See below for instructions on how to stream with OBS and YouTube Studio.

Note: If you stream Stadia games with third-party software like Open Broadcaster Software (OBS), some live streaming features may only be available via this third-party software.

Step 1: YouTube Studio

  1. On your computer, go to studio.youtube.com.
    • Note: Make sure that you're signed into the channel associated with the account that you linked with Stadia.
  2. Select Create and then Go live.
  3. On the left navigation panel, select Manage and then Schedule stream.
    • Note: If you've never used YouTube Live Control Room before, follow the on-screen instructions to start a stream using third-party software.
  4. Choose a title for your stream.
  5. Choose your privacy settings.
    • Note: If you choose to make your stream viewable by children, you won't be able to use enhanced features like Crowd Play and Crowd Choice.
  6. Click Create stream.
    • Note: If you've set up a stream before, you can click Reuse settings.
  7. Click the title of your stream.
  8. Next to 'Stream key (paste in encoder)', click Copy.
  9. Under 'Stream latency', select Ultra-low latency.
Learn more about YouTube Studio, installing OBS and streaming to YouTube and YouTube stream settings.

Step 2: Third-party software

Create a YouTube live stream using a third-party encoder such as OBS.

Step 3: YouTube Studio

  1. Return to YouTube Studio in your browser.
  2. At the top right, click Share .
  3. A YouTube link will appear. Copy the video ID that appears after 'youtu.be/'. For example: 'YUX3trjOJgc'.

Step 4: Set up your stream on stadia.com

  1. On your computer, sign in to your account on stadia.com.
  2. At the top, click your Stadia avatar and then Stadia settings and then YouTube.
  3. Next to the channel that you want to link to, click Link with Stadia.
    • Note: If you don't have a YouTube channel, click Create a channel and follow the on-screen instructions.
  4. Return to the Stadia home screen and launch the game that you want to stream.
    • Note: Games that you stream with third-party software must support stream enhancements like Crowd Choice or Crowd Play.
  5. Open the Stadia menu and then click Live stream.
  6. Click Use streaming software.
  7. Paste your YouTube video ID into the text box.
  8. Turn on any enhanced features, such as Crowd Choice or Crowd Play.
  9. Click Done.

Hide the Stadia menu from your viewers

When you live stream to YouTube using third-party software like OBS, viewers can see your Stadia menu when it appears over the game. To hide the Stadia menu from your viewers, you can move it to where your viewers can't see it:

  1. Open the Stadia menu.
    • If you're using a Stadia Controller, press the Stadia button Stadia button.
    • If you're using a computer keyboard, press Shift + Tab.
  2. In the top-right corner of the menu, click Pop out Pop out.
  3. Click and drag the Stadia menu to an area on your display where the game doesn't appear, such as the extended display on a second monitor.

Learn more about creating a live stream with an encoder and live stream settings on YouTube.

Manage your live stream settings

During your live stream, open the Stadia menu on stadia.com to view details about your stream and manage your live stream settings:

  1. Open the Stadia menu:
    • If you're using a Stadia Controller, press the Stadia button Stadia button.
    • If you're using a computer keyboard, press Shift + Tab.
  2. Click Manage stream.
  3. Select an option:
  • To copy a link to your YouTube stream to your clipboard, click the YouTube link YouTube link.
  • To manage your settings, click Options Settings icon.
    • View or change the public title of your live stream.
    • Change your privacy or voice & audio options.
    • Hide or display your viewer count to YouTube viewers.

To confirm your changes, click Update.

Stop your live stream

To stop your live stream:

  1. Open the Stadia menu.
    • If you're using a Stadia Controller, press the Stadia button Stadia button.
    • If you're using a computer keyboard, press Shift + Tab.
  2. Stop streaming:
    • If you're streaming directly to YouTube, click Stop stream.
    • If you're streaming with third-party software like OBS, click Disconnect.

Note: Some live stream settings cannot be changed during a stream. For these options, you'll need to stop and restart your live stream before they take effect.

Unlink a YouTube channel

If you want to stop associating your Stadia account with a YouTube channel that's linked to it:

  1. Sign in to your Stadia account at stadia.com.
  2. At the top right, select your avatar.
  3. Select Stadia settings and then YouTube.
  4. Next to the channel that you want to unlink, select Unlink.

Copyrighted content

If your live stream is less than 12 hours, YouTube can automatically archive streams of up to 1440p and 2160p (4K) video resolution. All live streams and their associated archives are scanned for matches to copyrighted content, including streams containing Stadia content. If YouTube detects copyright-protected material, you could end up with a Content ID claim. Learn more about Content ID claims here.

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