We are super excited to announce that Global Game Jam® will be partnering with Twitch this year! As well as being silver sponsors, Twitch and GGJ have teamed up to offer us the ability to link the broadcasts of all our sites in one place.
We will be broadcasting from our very own GlobalGameJam channel for the whole event! We are currently on the lookout for Twitch broadcasting enthusiasts from around the world to help us present on our channel and make it a success. If you have had previous Twitch experience, or any media training - please get in touch.
Fancy a break from jamming? Want to see what is going on in the jam in the rest of the world? This year we will have our very own directory where you can tune in at any time during the jam to see what other sites are up to. Check it out when we start to go live!
Of course, this means we need YOU, dear reader. We would love you to host your own broadcast from your jam site. This does not have to be attended or broadcasting the whole time - but it would be wonderful to see what everyone in the world is up to during the event.
If you are interested in live broadcasting your site on the primary GlobalGameJam channel, fill in the following Google form, and we will be in touch with more details soon.
Guide for setting up your stream
To get your site broadcasting live - you will need the following things:
Recommended broadcast PC specs
- CPU: Intel Core i5-4670 or AMD Equivalent (Compare your CPU)
- MEMORY: 8GB DDR3 SDRAM
- OS: Windows 7 Home Premium
- GPU should support DirectX 10 and up
We recommend that, where possible you have a dedicated streaming PC - as that will help lighten the CPU load - and will give a better quality stream.
Venue Bandwidth: Ideally 5mbps upload, and separated from all other internet users
General Tip: Choose a server closest to your venue, use this tool to test bandwidth and connectivity to Twitch Servers.
Logitech C920 is the most widely used webcam for broadcasters.
If you wish to use a HDMI camera our recommended adaptor is the Magewell USB 3.0 Dongle
Set up an account for your site on Twitch
Next up, you'll need a Twitch account. Once you've signed up, visit your dashboard or channel page to enable your account for broadcasting.
In order to be featured on the Global Game Jam® directory - you MUST set your ‘Game Title’ as 'Global Game Jam'. This way, you will automagicaly get featured in our directory!
Link your Twitch page to your GGJ Site
Make sure you set your 'live stream link' on your Global Game Jam® Site page to the URL of your Twitch stream page.
CODE OF CONDUCT
Please see the Global Game Jam® inclusiveness policy, and code of conduct. All guidelines from this should be followed while broadcasting. If any channel breaches these guidelines - you may be removed from the directory without warning. See also Twitch Terms of Service and Code of Conduct.
To broadcast to Twitch, you'll need broadcasting software. There are a number to choose from including OBS (Open Broadcaster Software), XSplit, FFSplit and more. Please visit the Twitch knowledge base articles on these software choices to determine what works best for you (see the links in the resources section below).
Once you've downloaded the broadcast software of your choice, take the time to explore the settings and then feel free to experiment. We recommend that you host a few practice streams before the event, to check the set-up is as you would like it to be. Utilize the Twitch Dashboard to view both your stream and chat room.
OTHER RESOURCES THAT WILL HELP YOU SET UP A STREAM
- Overview / Quickstart guide for Open Broadcaster Software (video)
- Open Broadcaster Software - Multiplatform / Adding scenes and sources (video)
- Twitch Rules of Conduct
- Twitch Terms of Service