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When most people think about video games, they typically imagine multiple flat screen monitors with ultra-high resolution and super-fast refresh rates. But the truth is, more than 2 billion people worldwide play video games on mobile devices.
Over the last few years, games like Fortnite, PUBG and the Clash series have dominated the app stores, accounting for more than half of all gaming revenue. Mobile games have also become increasingly popular on streaming sites like Twitch, YouTube and Facebook. However, just like streaming on a PC or console, streaming mobile games comes with its own unique set of challenges.
In this blog, we’ll teach you everything you need to know about streaming mobile games—from capturing footage from your mobile device and setting up your live stream to capturing high-quality audio and video for your adoring fans.
There are two basic approaches to streaming mobile games: streaming directly from your mobile device, or using a capture card to send audio and video to a dedicated streaming computer.
It’s also worth noting that you can stream mobile games directly from your PC using a mobile OS emulator such as BlueStacks, Nox or GameLoop—but the approach would be the same as streaming any other PC game.
Each approach has its own benefits, but using a capture card to record video from your mobile device and streaming from a dedicated PC typically offers the highest quality and most control over your stream. However, it’s not always an option, and in some cases, like streaming on the go, streaming from your mobile device may be the best solution.
Regardless of which option you choose, we recommend you take the following precautions before streaming to ensure a seamless experience:
Next, let’s take a look at the two methods of streaming mobile games to help you decide which approach is best.
The Streamlabs Live Streaming App makes it easy to stream mobile games directly from your smartphone or tablet.
If you’re just starting out, it might be best to stream directly from your mobile device at first, then upgrade to a capture card setup over time. While the audio and video quality will be limited compared to streaming with a capture card, you won’t need any additional gear for this approach.
The Streamlabs Live Streaming App is quickest and simplest way to stream to Twitch, YouTube and more directly from your phone. Available for free from the Google Play and Apple App stores, the Streamlabs Live Streaming App makes it easy to go live on your favorite streaming platforms in just a few simple taps.
Here’s a quick breakdown of how to stream to Twitch or YouTube using the Streamlabs Live Streaming App:
While this approach makes it easy to start streaming quickly, it’s not without its flaws. The limited video bitrate and resolution make it tough to compete with other high-quality streams, and using your mobile device’s built-in microphone makes it difficult for viewers to hear you clearly. Plus, there’s no dedicated chat window, which means you have to cover up your gameplay to see what your fans are saying.
Thankfully, with a few basic tools, you can create high-quality mobile game streams that look and sound professional.
USB microphones like Yeti X make it easy to capture broadcast quality audio while streaming mobile games from your PC.
With this approach, you’ll need a few accessories before you start streaming. In addition to a mobile device to play on and PC to stream from, you’ll need a few basic accessories:
Next, you’ll need to configure each of these devices and set up your live stream. Mobile game streams are more complex than simply pointing your camera at your smartphone. Not only will your thumbs cover most of the screen, making it difficult to see what you’re doing, there’s no camera feed of your face, which makes it hard for viewers to connect with you.
To create a pro-level stream with high-quality audio and video, follow these steps:
Whether you want to stream straight from your phone or via a dedicated streaming computer for pro-level audio and video, we’ve got you covered. For more info on how to level up your live streams, check out our blog.