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This guide is the second in our series of guides on how to become a Facebook Gaming creator. Check out the first guide on hardware if you haven't yet!

Introduction

There are a few routes to take when it comes to setting up the software for your stream. Since we want this route to be as easy as possible to execute, we'll go with what the author is familiar with - Streamlabs OBS. If you're unfamiliar with Streamlabs OBS, it's a modified version of OBS that implements a bunch of features to make setting up a Facebook stream easier. Based on my experience, it turns into a very straightforward experience - there's no need to deal with setting up stream keys.

To start off, head over to the official Streamlabs website to download the program. Once you've installed it, login to your Facebook account (the one which you use to manage your Facebook Gaming page) and you're set. You won't have to worry about any other streaming settings. Streamlabs will automatically configure the video, audio and bitrate settings for you (you can still customize it manually if you wish) once you're logged in.

Now comes the creative part - setting up your stream's look. A stream can be as basic (i.e. only-gameplay footage) or as complex as you want it to be. This will be up to your imagination and creativity, but here are some examples of how to set up some basic scenes.

Scenes

Scenes are the bread and butter of OBS - they determine what is shown to your audience when your stream is live. From your gameplay, to camera, to text, messages etc - imagine them as different parts of a movie, and you as the streamer, are the director who decides what the audience sees.

There are plenty of free templates available online if you don't want to spend so much time designing the look of your stream, but in this guide, I'll give you some basic tips and ideas on how you can set it up.

First, let's get to know the Streamlabs user interface.

Like I mentioned earlier, a scene determines what the audience sees on your stream. What you see is what you get (there are some things such as widgets and chatboxes that don't preview if you're not live but you don't have to deal with that at the moment).

To create your first scene, click on the "+" icon and put in a name for the scene. You can call it anything you want or rename it later if you like. If you're going to have many scenes set up, it's best you have names that allow you to identify what you want to show on screen. Here's an example of my naming scheme, which is very straightforward: Starting Soon, Mobile Gaming, BRB, Dota 2, Gaming No webcam - when I'm streaming, I know exactly which scene to choose depending on what I'm doing.

For this example, let's call it your "mobile gaming" scene. This will be the scene where you'll spend most of the time if you're playing a mobile game. Next, look at the Sources box, where you will add all the different elements that make up your scene. If you click the "+" icon, a list of things you can add will appear. Select Video Capture Device and click Add Source. You can leave the default name for now since you won't have multiple video inputs for your smartphone.

In the Device dropdown menu, locate your video capture device (for me, it's the AverMedia Live Gamer HD 2). This will enable you to use the video feed from your phone on your stream. For Resolution/FPS Type, set it to 1920 x 1080 (or whatever resolution you are planning to stream at).

Here's the first tricky part. By default, if you have your smartphone is outputting HDMI video, the audio won't play from your phone. While it will be on your stream, it's not going to play through your computer's speakers, which means you'll be playing without sound. Here's how we fix that: scroll to Audio Output Mode, click the dropdown menu and select "Output desktop audio (DirectSound)".

Now, connect your phone to your video capture device to test it out - if you've set it up correctly, your phone's display will appear on your scene. If you don't hear any audio from your phone, we'll address that later in the Mixer Settings.

Next, let's add your webcam to the scene - after all, everybody wants to see the streamer! Click "+" in the Sources box again. Again, select Video Capture Device and click Add Source. In the following window, make sure you select "Add a new source instead". You can name this one "Webcam". In the Device dropdown menu, locate your webcam (for me, it's the Logitech C920). For Resolution/FPS Type, set it to 1920 x 1080 or whatever resolution your webcam supports. It'll be too big at first, but we can resize it after. Click Done.

You should now see the webcam completely covering your scene. Click on it in the Editor Display (the scene preview window), and there should be 6 boxes that appear around the webcam footage. Click and drag the boxes to resize the webcam until it's a size you're happy with. If the webcam is showing too much, you can also press alt and drag the boxes to crop the video. If you mess up, it's easy to reset it - right-click the box, Transform > Reset Transform. You can also drag the whole video around to change its position. Adjust it until it is a size and position you're happy with.

Let's spice up the scene with some images. Click on "+" in Sources again, and this time, select Image and click Add Source. Use any name you want, I call mine Border. Next, browse your computer for an image you want to use - take note that you can use transparent images in Streamlabs OBS, so this will allow you to get creative with how you want pictures to be shown on your stream. Personally, I don't have a lot of fancy visuals on my stream - just a simple border that frames my mobile game footage that is made from a transparent PNG. Once you've selected the image, click Done. On the scene preview, you can adjust the image the same way that you adjusted the webcam video. If you have a low-end computer, minimize the number of moving images on screen, they do take up additional processing power.

Next, we can add some text. In my scene, I use text to display some URLs for my viewers - you can use text for whatever you like. Click the "+" in Sources, and select Text (GDI+), Add Source, and give it a name (I call it "Stream info"). Here, choose what font you want to use, the size for the text, and the color. If the text has trouble showing up against the video of your stream, there are options for background or outlines to help the text stand out. In the Text box, you can type out what you want to show. Click Done once it's complete.

And there you have it - your very first scene! By following these steps you should get a feel of how to create your own scenes in Streamlabs OBS.

One thing to take note of: the order of your sources matter - the higher the source, the closer it is to the foreground. This means that if your webcam source is below your video capture device source, it will be blocked - you have to drag it to the top. If you have borders for your video, the border should be above the video source to block out parts of the video. Play around with the source order by dragging them up and down the list and you'll get the hang of it.

There are two icons to the right of the source names - clicking the lock locks the scene, so you can't make changes to it (no accidental resizing etc.), while the eye icon will hide the source from the scene. If you want to quickly hide or show a source, you can use this function.

If you need to make some changes to any of the sources, double click them to quickly bring up the settings window, or right-click them and select Properties.

Here's some of my other scenes, and how I set up my sources:

As you can tell, they are very simple scenes - just an image for the background and some text on top. I use these scenes to let my viewers know when my stream is starting soon, or when I need to be away for a bit. Not everybody needs to have these scenes, but they can be more useful than not informing your audience or latecomers about your current status.

Adjusting the Mixer

The Mixer is where all your audio sources are listed. If you have a source that plays sound, you'll be able to monitor and adjust the sounds accordingly here. Immediately, you'll be able to adjust the volume, and mute/unmute your audio sources. Once you become more familiar with Streamlabs OBS, there are plenty of options you can tweak.

Firstly, let's address the issue of your phone audio not playing through your speakers. When your phone is transmitting video output through HDMI, the speakers on your phone won't play audio anymore, it will be going through your computer instead. However, by default, your computer is not set up to monitor the audio from your phone. To fix this, click the gear icon in the Mixer box. The following window will appear:

By default, your video capture card will be set to 'Monitor off'. Look for it in the list, select the drop-down menu and click 'Monitor and Output'. To avoid your microphone picking up audio from your speakers, use headphones for your PC audio, lower your PC volume, or put your mic as far from the speakers as possible. It's not great having your game sounds echo on your stream, so keep that in mind when tweaking your audio settings. From my experience, there will be a slight delay coming from the audio on your computer compared to when you're gaming using your phone's speakers. It's not bad enough to mess up your gameplay, but it's definitely better than not being able to hear any audio at all.

Other than that, from here you can also adjust the volume of your audio sources: make sure that the audio from your game isn't too loud so that your viewers can hear you speak through your microphone. It'll require some testing to get the balance right, but once it's done you don't have to touch them again unless your hardware changes.

Once everything is set up properly, you can go live. But if you're worried about your settings being incorrect, the best way to test out your stream is to record a clip first. Click the "REC" button on the bottom right of Streamlabs OBS and record a few seconds. Play your game a bit, speak into the mic and so on, and stop the recording. Go to the folder where the recording is saved, this can be adjusted in the options menu, and watch the clip. If the visuals look good, the audio sounds balanced (not too loud/soft), you're good to go!

The only thing left to do is to hit "Go Live". A window will pop up allowing you to input your stream title, description, select your game, and choose which Facebook Page you want to post it to. When you've put in all the details, just click "Confirm & Go Live" and your stream will begin after a few seconds. Be sure to share your stream with your friends on Facebook so they can tune in to watch you play. When you're finished, click the "End Stream" button. You are now a Facebook Gaming streamer!

Tada!

There are many more things you can do in Streamlabs OBS that isn't covered here, but by following these steps, you'll be up to speed on broadcasting your very first stream. Feel free to drop comments below or on Facebook if you have any questions and I'll try to address them. Stay tuned to eGG Network for more content on being a Facebook Gaming creator!

Introduction

This article is the first in a series of guides on how to be a streamer. From start to finish, we'll tell you everything you need to know about starting a stream on Facebook Gaming.

First things first, you're going to need the necessary hardware. While it's possible to stream directly from your phone, we'll be focusing on the hardware you need to stream from a computer. Assuming your phone is powerful enough, all you need is the right app and you're good to go - you don't even need this guide! Streaming through a computer isn't so straightforward, but its many advantages make it a much more preferable method.

Benefits of Streaming from a Computer

It might be daunting to set up. Making sure that everything works usually isn't too difficult, but making sure that you're on the best settings for your stream is going to take some trial and error. If you're not running a powerful machine, you'll need to tweak your settings so that your game doesn't slow down when you're broadcasting at the same time. This way you'll enjoy playing the game and your viewers can also enjoy watching a lag-free stream.

Hardware Requirements

There are two routes you can take here: purchase a prebuilt or build a PC for yourself. If you're purchasing a gaming machine, chances are that it's stream-ready and you won't have to worry about the details. Generally, you'll want your PC to have the following specs:

For your processor and GPU, it will be highly dependent on what you plan to stream. If you're planning to stream indie/casual games, you won't need the highest-end processors but you might want to future-proof your machine in case you do decide to stream more intensive games in the future. At the very least you'll want a quad-core processor - an Intel i5/i7 or AMD Ryzen 5/7. Less powerful processors might be capable of streaming but can affect your streaming experience i.e. frame rate drops on your game or stream.

The same goes for your GPU - you're going to want at least a GeForce GTX 1650 an equivalent or better. NVIDIA's NVEC technology, which is present in all their latest cards, are great at alleviating the encoding workload normally taken on by your CPUs. Radeon's Ryzen processors with built-in Vega graphics can also work here if you're on a budget (you can get a separate GPU later on). My machine has an i7 9500 CPU and GeForce 980Ti which still holds up since I only stream games at 1080p (and I don't play the latest titles) - however, I'll upgrade it once it is no longer sufficient.

If you want to stream in 720p or 1080p, you're going to want at least 16GB of Dual Channel DDR4 3600 MHz RAM. And if you're using a Windows 10 machine, 16GB is the minimum I'd recommend anyway - it makes using your computer a much more pleasant experience. In my opinion - you can't have too much RAM! I have 32GB of RAM on my machine since I stream intensive PC games and multitask at times.

Video capture device - if you're planning to stream mobile games, this is necessary. You need some way to transmit what's on your phone to your computer and video input is the most common way. Computers don't come with HDMI inputs by default, so you'll need an interface to decode the output from your phone. Video capture devices are available in many different formats, sizes and prices - pick one that suits your budget and needs. Personally, I'm using an AverMedia Live Gamer HD 2 which supports 1080p at 60FPS. It is also an internal capture card which works for me since I don't want to deal with additional USB dongles sticking out of my computer. If you're using a laptop, you'll need an external one.

The above are the main things you need to be concerned about when building a streaming PC. The rest of the parts (motherboard, PSU etc.) don't matter too much as long as they work with your hardware.

Extras for streaming

Everything here isn't necessary - but can improve the quality of your stream or your streaming experience

Now that we've got the hardware settled, check out part 2 where we talk about the software you'll need to set up and run a Facebook Gaming stream! In the meantime, if you have any questions or comments, feel free to drop them in the comments below or on the Facebook post. Stay tuned to eGG Network for more content on being a Facebook Gaming creator!

Disclaimer: We were loaned a review unit, courtesy of Illegear in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts and opinions expressed herein are the author’s own and not influenced by Illegear, and/or its affiliates, in any way.

For the longest time, people have been streaming games on their desktop computers. Usually due to how intensive the process is and how expensive it is to build a computer that is capable of doing so. However, as time passed and technology became more powerful, cheaper, and small enough to fit into a small form factor device like a laptop. Enter the Illegear Onyx V - a Ryzen-powered gaming laptop with beefy enough specs to handle everything thrown at it, including streaming.

Here are the specs of the review unit:

At this point in time, we know that the laptop’s specs are good enough to run any game you throw at it, so I won’t spend any time on it and get right to the meat of this article - is this machine good enough for your streaming needs? In short, yes. I installed two popular, intensive games on the laptop, set up a stream and put it to the test.

Streaming Setup:

Here are the results:

Dota 2

Dota 2 [SEA]

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Under normal conditions, I had Dota 2 running in high settings, at 120 FPS. When I started streaming the game, it dropped to around 60 FPS - still playable, but not optimal. However, during the stream, there were no other issues. The game ran smoothly, and there were no hitches with performance at all.

Fortnite

Fornite 😂

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I decided to limit the frame rate to 60FPS for Fortnite, and during streaming, I didn’t notice it drop, so it looks like 60FPS might be the sweet spot to stream at. Depending on where you’re streaming to, that’s usually the max frame rate you’ll be able to stream at, so it shouldn’t be a problem. The game looked and played great, no performance issues at all either.

Conclusion

I was impressed by the results. Based on my tests, it’s safe to say that the Illegear Onyx V is perfectly capable of being a streaming machine.

However, the machine is not perfect - during heavy load, the fans get extremely loud, to a point where I got worried about the laptop. Fortunately, the CPU/GPU never got too hot when I monitored them, but parts of the laptop were extremely warm to the touch. If you don’t plan on using the onboard keyboard, this heat isn’t going to be a problem (something I’d recommend anyway, as laptop keyboards aren’t the best to use) but I would recommend a keyboard stand of some sort to cool the laptop while it is in use. Most importantly, it didn’t affect gaming performance or cause any crashes.

The laptop works best when it’s connected to a power-outlet - not a huge issue, but if you’re planning to game on the go, expect framerates to drop if you don’t lower your settings.

The Onyx V is also noticeably heavy (1.85kg with the battery), but that’s a given seeing how it’s a desktop replacement. But for what it’s worth, it’s much lighter than desktop replacement laptops I’ve used in the past.

My favourite feature of the Onyx V is its 120Hz FHD display - high refresh rate displays aren't very common on laptops, and the one on this machine was a joy to use. Everything felt buttery smooth - even dragging around windows and scrolling through websites. If you don't plan to stream with this machine, I would say the gorgeous display would be its next best selling point.

If you’re buying a laptop for regular wordprocessing and email usage - there are more suitable and lightweight machines out there. But if you want a laptop that is capable of gaming and streaming, the Illegear Onyx V is definitely one of the best devices for the job.

The starting price for the Illegear Onyx V is RM3,499 and can be purchased through their official website.

Largely recognised as a face of the popular Malaysian radio station of Era FM (which he left last year), Jaasuzuran is determined to carve out a name for himself by exploring new career paths that intrigue him. His pursuit in acting and hosting may have taken off, starring in TV films such as Korban Penunggu Hospital and Suka Dia Ya Suka Dia Tak, but there’s one little known side to the former radio presenter that the general public isn’t aware of: he’s an official Facebook Gaming Creator who streams video games.

Streaming in the name of art

“I see streaming as a form of art,” said Mohamad Faizal “Jaasuzuran” bin Ahmad, affectionately called as Jaa. In a world where streamers are usually known for their gameplay and personality, one may be baffled by his interpretation of video game streams as an artistic medium, but hear him out. “I come up with storylines to act out in Grand Theft Auto Online, much like a TV drama series,” he explained his regular content. 

Beyond roleplaying in GTA Online (which the Rockstar game is known for), Jaa includes a long string of local streamers (around 20) as actors in his project, all in the name of art, good viewership and entertainment. The Kelantan native usually looks to real-life stories, current issues and specific films sequences for inspiration, injecting them into the melting plot. “The first storyline I did centered around the life of a Chinese gangster named Jaakie Chan, which I acted as,” he recalled. “There were elements of romance, crime and drama in it, which attracted a lot of viewers because they are eager to know what will happen next.”

On top of controlling his in-game character, Jaa also has to voice act as the characters he embodies. “It takes a lot of effort, because you have to change your voice and keep at it for hours,” he remarked, saying that he has stayed in character for a long time every single night of his streams - it took him three months to conclude Jaakie Chan’s story. At least the workload is lessened by the absence of scripts. 

Instead, Jaa prefers to list down important plot points with a number of details as reference for the whole crew and ad-lib the rest of the way. This improv method runs the risk of being messy, but is resolved by planning out the storyline over a few days and organising frequent pre-stream discussions. “It helps everyone remember their roles so that the story goes smoothly; otherwise, all the dialogue is spontaneous.”

Climbing the ladder

Enacting a gang war on GTA Online takes an army of acting streamers to pull off.

However, Jaa didn’t start his streaming career right away with such ambitious content. In his first few weeks of trying, he was still shy of pulling off his storyline concept, opting to stream plot-focused games such as Marvel’s Spider-Man on PS4, which he still does from time to time. It was after two months of streaming irregularly during his free time that he started taking his streams seriously. He began coming up with stories, gathered his close friends and streamers, and acted them out in GTA Online, which caused his viewership count to “boom giler (like crazy)”.

Naysayers may attribute his surge in popularity to his celebrity status, but Jaa said that isn’t the case. “It doesn’t matter who you are outside of Facebook Gaming. I still had to start from zero like every other streamer and work hard to grow my viewership.” With the amount of work he has been pouring into his video game streams as an actor, director and story planner, Jaa clearly didn’t exaggerate when he said gaming and acting are his passion. 

Leaving no stone unturned

Although juggling between acting, hosting and streaming seems too much for one person to handle, the full-time Facebook Gaming Creator assures that he doesn’t have issues managing his workload. Aside from having the flexibility to choose his own streaming schedule, his acting and hosting endeavours usually happen in the day, leaving his nights free to do as he pleases. 

“I play games a lot when I’m on break or at night, to the point that I’m just lost in my own world and stay up until morning.” When he found out there was a platform on Facebook for anybody to stream their gameplay, he decided to make full use of his time to kickstart his streaming career.

“I can put my gaming time to good use now, not to mention that I’m also growing my career by streaming,” Jaa expressed, saying that he also enjoys interacting with his viewers. “I view them not as random strangers, but as family; who would want to spend so much time with a stranger like my fans do?”

From the immense support of his fans to the fruitful collaboration he has with his friends on stream, Jaa has much to be grateful to get here. Back when he was with Era FM, unbeknownst to many, the radio presenter was given additional responsibilities as a digital content producer to drive Era FM’s social media pages. “I had to think of what content would resonate well with fans, even pitching ideas to my superiors by acting in mock videos and editing them,” which inspired him to pursue acting and gave him a head start as a video game content creator. Thanks to the skills he learned and mastered throughout the years, Jaa is able to bring together both acting and gaming in perfect harmony with his live streams.


Willing to open your mind to a new form of art? Jaasuzuran's Facebook Gaming page is the place to be every night from 10PM onwards.


The Facebook gaming platform added new ways to bring streamers and viewers closer during the Ramadan season.

In a time when we're encouraged to stay home and curb the COVID-19 disease, most of us have been flocking towards digital content to better cope with the situation, namely video game streams. And with the popularity of gaming in Malaysia, it's no wonder that it's one of the fastest growing markets for Facebook Gaming, in both the Southeast Asian region and the world.

Michael Rose (Head of SEA, APAC Games Partnership at Facebook) shared the following info in a Facebook Gaming online conference yesterday.

Over the past year, the total viewership count for Facebook Gaming has seen a whopping 87% growth in Malaysia alone, along with 20.7 million Stars given out by viewers to support streamers last April. Recognising Malaysians' fervour for streaming and the popularity of local streamers such as Soloz and Yana Samsudin, the gaming platform is determined to nurture its growth in the country and enhance the experiences of both viewers and streamers.

Related: Start your journey to become a Facebook Gaming Creator.

In the spirit of Ramadan, Facebook Gaming introduced new ways to bring streamers and supporters closer during this festive season. They include the addition of Ramadan-themed overlays and virtual presents for fans to gift streamers, friendly PUBG Mobile tournaments between streamers, and even the #BukaGeng initiative where viewers can buka puasa (break fast) with their favourite Creators every weekend via streaming.

"A lot of people are stuck at home this Ramadan looking for entertainment," said Yana in the recent Facebook Gaming online conference. "There are a lot of people who don't play games, they just want to watch us game. It's a two-way interaction that I think is brilliant on Facebook Gaming; us streamers are happy playing games, and our viewers are happy watching us play too." She opined that streaming also helps minimise citizens' movements during the CMCO (conditional movement control order) period in Malaysia.

To stay up to date with your very own personalized gaming content, check out fb.gg on your desktop or the recently launched Facebook Gaming app on Google Play today.

Related: Facebook Gaming app launches on Google Play.


What is it about and how you can be in it

Esports is the industry to be in at the moment. Investment money is being pumped in and there is a variety of career opportunities ranging from playing professionally to managing the production of a live tournament, to building up a team or player’s brand.

Live streaming has benefited greatly from this esports and Internet boom. The Internet has lowered the barriers of entry to live streaming and democratised content creation. There are now many live streaming platforms that gives you an opportunity to showcase your talent and/or personality. More and more people have built successful careers around this activity and that number is growing.

If you’re interested in exploring live streaming, we would like to introduce you to a programme that can help kickstart your live streaming career -the Facebook Gaming Level Up Program.

What is the Facebook Gaming Level Up Program?

It is a programme designed to give aspiring live streamers information and tools to help jumpstart their communities on Facebook and potentially make a living. It is designed to help live streamers who have worked hard to create a community take that to the next level by giving them better support and guidance.

Where is it available?

It’s important to note that this programme is not available in every country. You can see the full list here. The Southeast Asian countries that offer this program are Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam.

What you’ll get through this programme

If you've been streaming games on Facebook already, you may be eligible to apply forthe Facebook Gaming Creator Level Up Program. Under this programme, you can get access to these features and perks:

As a Creator, the support you’ll get will increase and many SEA Facebook Gaming Creators have been able to make a living out of live streaming.

For the eGG Network Creators, ‘Breakaway’ was organised to give them a chance to take a break from their daily routines to reflect on their own growth. They also had opportunities to learn how to build their personal brand and improve themselves as content creators.

At the recently concluded Facebook Gaming’s 2019 APAC Creator Summit, Facebook Gaming celebrated the efforts of the Creators in Southeast Asia as well as ran workshops and activities that oriented towards personal development.

How you can be in it

To be eligible for the program, you need to meet the following requirements:

Once you have your page set up, access fb.gg/streamer as your main dashboard for all things related to Facebook Gaming. Once all the checks are green, the ‘Apply Now’ button under the Level Up Progress will be made available and go click it quickly!

For more information, do visit the Facebook Gaming Level Up Program website.

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