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Live stream your Stadia games

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, access the video of your stream on your YouTube channel to view statistics and share it with friends.

Live stream options and features

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 when you stream games that support them.
  • Use streaming software: On your computer, use third-party streaming software like OBS to stream from stadia.com to YouTube, including webcam support.

To stream to YouTube, you need:

Enhanced streaming features

Stadia enhanced live streaming features in select games include:

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

Set up your stream

Stream directly to YouTube

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

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.
  1. On your computer or mobile web browser, sign into your account at stadia.com.
  2. At the top, select your Stadia avatar and then Stadia settings and then YouTube.
  3. Next to the channel you want to link, select 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 select Live stream.
  6. On a computer, select Stream directly to YouTube. On a mobile device, skip to the next step.
  7. Choose whether or not your stream is intended to be viewed by children.
    • Note: You won't be able to use enhanced features like Crowd Play or Crowd Choice if you make your stream viewable by children.
  8. Enter the title of your live stream and choose options such as enhanced streaming features.
  9. Select 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 the Stadia options menu during gameplay, press the Stadia button Stadia button on your Stadia Controller or Shift + Tab on your computer keyboard.

Stream to YouTube while you play on your mobile device

Start playing on your TV or mobile device, then start a live stream of your game from a web browser.

Switch games during your live stream

If you exit a game while you live stream from a web browser, you'll get the option to keep your live stream active for several minutes while you switch games. If you're streaming directly to YouTube, your stream will keep playing without game audio or video. When you launch a new game in your web browser, you'll get the option to continue with the same live stream.
Live stream with OBS or other third-party software

Use Open Broadcaster Software (OBS) or other third-party software to live stream Stadia games to YouTube from y our computer. 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 Connect to 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 use third-party software like OBS, viewers can see your Stadia menu when it appears over the game. To hide the menu:

  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 to view details about your stream and control your settings:

Link to your live stream and change settings

  1. Open the Stadia menu:
    • If you're using a Stadia controller or a touch screen, press the Stadia button Stadia button.
    • If you're using a computer keyboard, press Shift + Tab.
  2. Select Manage stream.
  3. Select an option:
    • To copy a YouTube stream link to your clipboard, select YouTube link YouTube link.
    • To manage your settings, select 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, select Update.

Stop your live stream

To stop your live stream:

  1. Open the Stadia menu:
    • If you're using a Stadia controller or a touch screen, 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, select Manage stream and then 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 long, 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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