Streaming games to Facebook Live is now super simple and can be set up along side your broadcasts on other platforms such as Twitch and YouTube Gaming.
Facebook have seen a huge rise in the popularity of gaming on Facebook that they have now released Facebook Gaming.
Streamlabs OBS (SLOBS) have released Facebook integration that is now in-built to their application that uses an API so that you are able to stream straight from the app.
The benefit of this is that you are able to use all of the features that Streamlabs OBS offers such as widgets, alerts, overlays, donations, face masks and all of the other functionality that comes with it.
Why Use Streamlabs OBS For Facebook Live?
If you’re new to streaming or even to SLOBS, Streamlabs is becoming a leader for streaming software as it is extremely user friendly and has countless features built into the application.
This will give you more variety with less headache. Some of the unique features that are in-built to the SLOBS software are:
Alerts – when viewers complete valuable actions such as follow, subscribe or donate to your stream, they will have their name appear on the stream for everyone to see.
Overlays – have pre-made and pre-built professional layouts that can be easily installed via the SLOBS app. This will come with already made themes that will improve your production value.
Receive donations – when you’re using SLOBS you will be able to receive donations directly through the app – you are then able to withdraw your donations via PayPal.
Engagement tools – SLOBS is all about increasing viewer engagements (this is one of the most important factors to a successful stream). Use tools such as Stream Boss, facemasks and wheel spins to encourage viewers to interact with your stream.
How To Stream Games To Facebook Live
- Download Streamlabs OBS here – once installed login via Facebook.
2. Click the ‘Go Live’ button at the bottom of the application.
3. Enter broadcast information – this will be a gaming category, stream title and description. This is the same process if you were starting a stream on Twitch or YouTube.
4. Confirm and Go Live!
In order to stream games to Facebook Live you will need to have a page set up – currently personal profiles are not supported for streaming via SLOBS.
There are quite a few handy integrations within the software that will help improve your stream.
Embedded chat – similar to have a chat box on your screen, this feature will make it so that viewers of the stream will be able to see the chat. This is great for viewers for when they watch the broadcast post-stream. As the chat will be on screen everyone can see!
Autofill stream information – this will make starting streams even fast if you’re in a rush. It will pull info from your scheduled or past stream and set it as the information on your current stream. This is helpful if you always use a similar stream title.
Automated notifications – streamers are only able to hold a live stream for up to 4 hours. SLOBS has an in-built feature that will notify you when you are approaching this limit. This will allow for a much smoother stream as you can plan a head.
Stream scheduling – if you have scheduled a stream, Facebook will automatically create a notification for people who are following you page and notify them that you’re stream will be starting soon. It’s always handy to have a reminder for views, especially directly in their news feed where they can’t miss it.
Facebook specific alerts (coming soon) – when this feature is released you will be able to display people who comment, like or share your lie steam on screen. This is another tool to increase engagement and spread the reach of your stream. Facebook users trust their friends the most when it comes to recommending content!
Alternatives To Streamlabs OBS
There is a huge selection of streaming software which you can use.
We’re broken down why we prefer SLOBS to platforms such as OBS Studio and XSplit.
In short, Streamlabs is built on top of OBS Studio. This means that the underlying technology is the same except you have all of the added benefits of having 1-click installations for a range of features (as listed above).
If you did want to stray away from what we recommend then we certainly suggest that you go with OBS Studio – it’s a very user friendly and free piece of software.
Not to mention the amount of resources that are out there for how to help get you started.
I used to use the software and could get a really nice looking output at 900p 60fps.
Should You Stream Games To Facebook Live?
Facebook has recently realised in recent times how valuable video games streams can be to a platform as more than 500,000 people are regularly watching video games streams.
After Twitch has grown to massive amounts of revenue, Facebook are now encouraging broadcasters to stream on their platform.
This is great if you’re a streamer with a following as you will be able to gain access to paid deals.
You are also able to supplement paid deals with donations from viewers which is a large slice of most streamer’s revenue on Twitch and YouTube.
Money aside, Facebook has billions of users which is a benefit if you’re just starting out as there is a discovery mechanism for users to find your stream.
As this is fairly new to the platform, if you do decide to stream on Facebook, you will be getting into the opportunity early. You may even have the same advantage that streamers who started on justin.tv had before it became Twitch.
Bringing It All Together
You are now able to easily stream games to Facebook Live via Streamlabs OBS.
With the click of a few buttons you can link you Facebook page to SLOBS and begin streaming.
By using SLOBS you will have the added benefit of all the in-built functionality that Streamlabs offers.
As this is such a new feature that now gives broadcasters the ability to go live straight to Facebook, no one is quite sure if it will match Twitch or YouTube Gaming.