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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 with friends.

Getting started

You can live stream 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 when you stream games that support them.
  • Use streaming software: Use third-party streaming software like OBS to stream from stadia.com to YouTube, including 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 for 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 features like Crowd Play and Crowd Choice in our Stadia community forums.

Check out the list of games that support Stadia-exclusive features.

Stream directly to YouTube

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

  1. Sign into your account at stadia.com.
  2. At the top, click your Stadia avatar and then Stadia settings and then YouTube.
  3. Next to the channel you want to link, click Link with Stadia.
    • If you don't have a YouTube channel, click Create a channel and follow the onscreen instructions.
  4. Go back to the Stadia home screen and launch the game 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.
  8. Choose live stream options:
    • Enter a title for your YouTube live stream.
    • Select your privacy and voice & audio options.
    • Optional: Change whether or not your stream is intended to be viewed by children. This setting can't be changed after your live stream begins. 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.
    • Choose whether or not to show your viewer count on your live stream.
  9. 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. When you're streaming directly from stadia.com to YouTube, viewers won't be able to see your Stadia menus or onscreen 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: Some live streaming features might only be available if you stream Stadia games with third-party software like OBS.

Step 1: YouTube Studio

  1. On your computer, go to studio.youtube.com.
    • Note: Make sure you're signed into the channel associated with the account 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 onscreen instructions to start a stream using third-party software.
  4. Enter a title for your stream.
  5. Select 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 new.
    • Note: If you've set up a stream before, you can click Reuse settings.
  7. Enter the title of your stream, then select whether or not it's intended for children. Click Next until you're done entering additional stream information, then click Done.
  8. In the live streaming panel, 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: Set up your stream on stadia.com

  1. On your computer, sign into 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 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 onscreen instructions.
  4. Return to the Stadia home screen and launch the game you want to stream.
  5. Open the Stadia menu and then click Live stream.
  6. Click Use streaming software.
  7. Under "YouTube live stream", select your stream.
  8. If the game supports features like Crowd Choice or Crowd play, turn them on or off.
  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 YouTube stream link to your clipboard, click 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.
  4. 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 can't be changed during a stream. For these settings, you'll need to stop, then 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 into your Stadia account at stadia.com.
  2. In the top right, select your avatar.
  3. Select Stadia settings and then YouTube.
  4. Next to the channel you want to unlink, select Unlink.

Copyrighted content

If your live stream is less than 12 hours, YouTube can automatically archive streams 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.

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