Youtube Live is one of the biggest streaming platforms available, with millions of monthly visitors and active monthly streamers. These numbers alone make Youtube one of the best platforms to stream Team Fortress 2 or any other game you can think of since there will always be somebody looking for the content you have to offer.
If you have no idea what you’ll need or how to set up everything to begin streaming Team Fortress 2 on Youtube, no worries; I got you covered! In this post, you will find everything you’ll need to know to start streaming Team Fortress 2 on Youtube.
1 – Create a Youtube channel to live stream Team Fortress 2.
You’ll first need a Youtube account to access Youtube’s streaming/broadcasting features. Creating a new Youtube account is entirely free and straightforward to do.
Navigate to the Youtube homepage, and on the top right corner, click the camera icon and then click on “Go live“. Next, click on “Get Started“, choose the name of your new channel and click “Create“.
Next, you will be redirected to a page with your new Youtube channels details. You can edit your channel’s “About me” page, the logo, background, link your socials, and fully customize your channel. Skip this part for the moment, since you will have as much time as you need to do it later on.
Now that you’ve created your new Youtube account navigate to the camera icon again and click on “Go live“. If you haven’t yet verified your Google account, that’s where you will be asked to do so to enable the streaming feature to stream Team Fortress 2 on Youtube.
Once you verify the account by using your mobile phone, you’ll have to wait 24 hours to be able to live stream Team Fortress 2 on Youtube.
When your account is finally fully verified, and the streaming feature is enabled, go to the “Go live” section and click on it again. A Window will pop up asking you if you want to go live now or later. Choose “Right now” and click on the “Start” button.
By now, you should be able to see your Youtube streaming settings which you will need to optimize. The best Youtube streaming settings for Team Fortress 2 can be found below:
- Stream latency: Low-Latency.
- Enable DVR: Enabled.
- 360° video: Disabled.
- Added delay: Choose how much delay you want your stream to have.
- Unlist live replay once stream ends: Choose if you want the Team Fortress 2 live stream you will be doing to be saved on your videos or be deleted once you are done streaming.
Once you are done with the Youtube Team Fortress 2 streaming settings, keep the page open since we will need the Stream key later on, and move on to the next part of the guide.
2 – Choose the software you’ll use to stream Team Fortress 2 on Youtube.
There are tons of different broadcasting software to stream Team Fortress 2 on Youtube. Each of the following software comes with pros and cons, and depending on your needs and goals, you’ll have to choose accordingly.
Below you can find the best software to use for streaming Team Fortress 2 on Youtube with a short but detailed description of what you should know about the particular software.
OBS – OBS Studio is an entirely free, open-source streaming software with cross-platform compatibility and easy integration to Youtube. OBS Studio is well known among Youtube content creators, and it’s one of the top choices to stream Team Fortress 2 on Youtube. Note that you will need some tweaking to set up everything as you wish. (Recommended for people who want to set up everything manually)
StreamLabs OBS – Tons of extra features in comparison with OBS Studio. It might be a little heavier on your PC if you load it up with a lot of stuff but nothing crazy. Many StreamLabs OBS features can help you monetize your Youtube channel later on and make everything better and easier for you. Note that StreamLabs OBS is only available on Windows. (Recommended for people who want easy setup & more features)
Restream – Restream is a Multi-platform streaming software that allows you to stream on dozens of platforms simultaneously. Easy to set up, easy to use dashboard, and you’ll find everything organized in one place. So, if you are looking to grow your audience as fast as possible, this might do the trick since you will be on all platforms simultaneously and redirect people from other channels(Twitch, Facebook, Trovo, etc.) to Youtube. (Recommended for new streamers looking to grow fast)
Later in this guide, you’ll find instructions on setting up each of the above broadcasting software to stream Team Fortress 2 on Youtube. Now let’s move on to the next part of this guide, where we will discuss a few things you need to start streaming.
3 – Things you’ll need to stream Team Fortress 2 on Youtube
Apart from having a decent PC setup, console, or mobile phone, you’ll need some hardware or software to enhance your stream and make it more attractive to potential Youtube viewers.
Gaming and streaming Team Fortress 2 on Youtube on the same computer can go a little heavy on the CPU, and if the CPU cannot handle it, it will start causing issues, stuttering, and drop performance right away. If your PC already struggles to run Team Fortress 2 on at least 60 FPS at all times, then you might need to start thinking about upgrading before streaming or optimizing your PC.
On the other hand, if your PC is running Team Fortress 2 just fine, you should be good at streaming Team Fortress 2 on that PC.
Statistics show that people prefer streams where the streamer speaks on the microphone, and no one can deny that. But that doesn’t mean that you are obligated to use one. On the other hand, if you are looking to grow a community on Youtube while streaming Team Fortress 2, you will have to engage with your viewers via chatting, or if you don’t want to do that, you will have to find some creative way to do so!
Microphones will always be a good investment for streamers who want to talk with their audience, and that’s why the quality matters. I mean, if you do it, do it right! Good audio quality will make your Youtube Team Fortress 2 stream sound more appealing, and believe me, viewers will instantly spot it.
Your stream may sound too “empty” without some background music. It would be best if you thought of adding some background music in your Team Fortress 2 stream, but make sure it’s not copyrighted because it can get your channel in trouble. There are a lot of services that offer free royalty music, such as SoundStripe.
Camera or Avatar
If you want to show yourself on stream, you should consider getting a decent camera to make it look better. You don’t have to buy the most expensive, 4k camera; instead, a budget one should do the job.
On the other hand, if you don’t want to show your face on your Youtube stream and feel like you will not grow your Youtube account without showing yourself on camera, you should consider getting a custom-made live avatar of yourself or something else of your choice. It’s an excellent and effective way to engage with your viewers without showing your face. The thing is that it’s pretty hard to do it yourself without the proper skills, but you can hire someone on Fiverr to create a custom avatar for you exactly how you’ve imagined it for really cheap.
Capture card can help you if you want to stream console games via your PC or if you want to do a two-computer streaming setup. They are a little expensive, so consider investing in something else first and then on a capture card if your budget is tight.
4 – How to live stream Team Fortress 2 on Youtube from PC
Now let’s connect the Youtube account to a broadcasting software and set up everything so you can stream Team Fortress 2 as soon as possible.
Before setting up the streaming software, make sure that every hardware you want to use(Microphone, Camera, etc.) to stream Team Fortress 2 on Youtube is connected to your PC.
Connecting Youtube to OBS
Now, go ahead and download either OBS Studio or StreamLab OBS.
For the following steps, I will use OBS Studio as an example of setting up everything to stream on Youtube. Still, StreamLabs OBS is identical and even easier, so it should be straightforward to follow along.
Now, go ahead and install OBS and once the installation is complete, run it and navigate to “Settings“.
Navigate to the “Stream” tab; on Service, choose “Youtube – RTMPS” and then click “Connect Account“.
A window will pop out asking you to enter your Youtube/Google login details. Go ahead and fill out the form with your email and password and click “Login“. An alternative would be to copy the Stream key from the Youtube live settings we configured before and paste it into OBS.
Add Audio/Video/Visuals to OBS
Anything that you want to broadcast on your Youtube stream, whether your Team Fortress 2 gameplay, background music, a specific part of your screen, alerts, or any particular graphics, needs to be added as a source in OBS.
Let’s do a basic setup, let’s capture your Team Fortress 2 gameplay, microphone, and camera, and later on, in this guide, you will find resources for more advanced setups.
Setup Team Fortress 2 Source
Navigate to the bottom left side OBS, and under “Scenes“, click the “+” symbol. Name it as you wish, and click OK.
Now let’s add Team Fortress 2 to our sources to ensure gameplay will be captured and streamed on Youtube. Click the “+” symbol on the Sources section, select “Game Capture“, and click OK.
A window should pop up with a few different settings. Let me explain to you how to configure each one.
Mode: Choose either “Capture any fullscreen applications“(assuming when you play Team Fortress 2, that’s the only full-screen application that is running) or run Team Fortress 2 and choose “Capture specific window“, and then select the “Window” of Team Fortress 2.
Use anti-cheat compatibility check: Ensure this is enabled to prevent conflicts with the anti-cheat software.
Choose the rest depending on your needs and click “OK” to save your selections.
Setup Microphone Source
Now let’s set up your microphone so your viewers can listen to you on stream.
Again, go to Sources and click the “+” symbol, and choose “Audio Input Capture“, select your microphone and click “OK“.
Setup Camera Source
Next, let’s set up your camera so your viewers can see you on stream.
Again, go to Sources and click the “+” symbol, and choose “Video Capture Device“, select your camera and click “OK“. Now you can adjust the camera’s size and reposition it anywhere you wish.
Now you got all the essential sources configured correctly and ready to go! The next thing we will do is apply the best streaming settings for Team Fortress 2 to have a smooth and lag-free stream and gameplay.
5 – Streaming Settings
Now that everything is set up and ready on your PC to start streaming Team Fortress 2 on Youtube, the next thing you will have to do to ensure a smooth and lag-free broadcast is to make sure you are using the best streaming settings for either OBS Studios or StreamLabs OBS. It will take you some time to tweak and mess around with the settings to get the perfect Team Fortress 2 settings for streaming on Youtube but believe me, it’s worth it since once you set them up, you don’t have to touch them ever again.
Below you will find my recommendations on the best Youtube streaming settings for Team Fortress 2 to make it super easy for you to create the perfect configuration.
Best OBS / StreamLabs Streaming settings for Team Fortress 2
Navigate to OBS / Streamlabs Settings tab and choose the Output tab.
Change Output Mode to Advanced, and make sure you are on the Streaming settings sub-tab.
Encoder: If you have an NVidia GPU, the best encoder to stream Team Fortress 2 on Youtube is the “NVIDIA NVENC H.264(New)” encoder. On the other hand, if you are on an AMD GPU, use the “H264/AVC Encoder” from AMD for the best performance possible while streaming Team Fortress 2 on Youtube.
Bitrate: The best Bitrate to stream Team Fortress 2 on Youtube is 6000kbps. If you are on a slow internet connection, you can lower this number to achieve a stable and smooth stream.
Rate Control: CBR
Keyframe Interval: 2 seconds
Preset: Start with “Quality” or “Performance“, and depending on how your stream feels, tweak it accordingly. If you feel like it drops too much performance, you should consider moving to “Low-Latency Performance“.
If you followed through till here, I would like to tell you that, for the most part, you are ready to start streaming Team Fortress 2 on Youtube on your desktop computer. Below, you will find how to set up your stream on consoles and a lot of helpful information on possible ways to make your stream look and sound better, grow your channel faster, monetize your channel, and more!
How do I make my Youtube stream look and sound great?.
Overlays, Scenes Screens, & Logo: Even though these are not required to start streaming initially, having your overlays, screens, logo, and scenes all setup beautifully can make you stand from the crowd since that shows that you care about the stream and you look at it somehow more seriously than just streaming on my free time.
I don’t recommend purchasing pre-built designs for two main reasons. The first one is that everyone can have the same designs as you and second that with the same amount of money you can get someone to create everything for you as you have imagined it.
- You can create your own by using NerdOrDie free templates and designs.
- Hire someone on Fiverr to create unique designs made only for you.
Alerts: You can find a lot of ready-made and easily customizable alerts on StreamLabs to show up when someone subscribes, follows, or donates to your channel.
Music: As I previously mentioned at the beginning of this guide, music can give your stream a different feeling, and it can only do good. You can find some high-quality copyright-free music on SoundStripe.
Avatar: An excellent and effective way to engage with your viewers without showing your face is to replace yourself with an animated character. You can hire someone on Fiverr to create a custom avatar for you if you don’t have previous experience in design and animation.