Live stream Stadia games

When you live stream a Stadia game on YouTube, you can use features that let your viewers interact with the game.

Note: Stadia is available in select countries. Learn more.

Crowd Choice

Stadia games that feature Crowd Choice create their own polls to let viewers decide what happens next in a live streamed game. Poll questions and results display in the YouTube chat box next to the live stream. 

Creators who want to learn about live streaming from Stadia can find out more in the Stadia Help Center.

Crowd Play

Stadia games that feature Crowd Play let a Creator live stream the game on YouTube and invite viewers to play with them on Stadia. Viewers can line up in a multiplayer lobby and play live with the Creator on Stadia when it’s their turn. The Crowd Play button will display below the YouTube live chat box, next to the live stream.

Creators who want to learn about live streaming from Stadia can find out more in the Stadia Help Center.

Use an encoder

Currently, you can stream Stadia games to YouTube using third-party encoder software.
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
    • 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 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 "". For example: "YUX3trjOJgc".

Step 4: Set up your stream on

  1. On your computer, sign into your account on
  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 on-screen instructions.
  4. Return to the Stadia home screen and launch the game you want to stream.
    • Note: Games 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.

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