Battle royale has a new giant—and it happened so fast it took the gaming world by storm.
Apex Legends is one of the newest battle royale games, but it’s unlike anything you’ve seen or played before. Its unique gameplay and features make it stand out among other games in this genre. You’ll be surprised at how well it runs. The gunplay is amazing, and the characters, called Legends, take the game to a whole new level.
Despite being dropped without marketing or announcements last February 2019, it made an instant splash. Up to this day, it remains one of the top streamed games on Twitch. But if you want to give it a try, you’ll be competing with some of the biggest Apex Legends live stream gamers. So, you need to know how to play and stream the game at the same time.
How to Stream Apex Legends Using OBS Studio
The success of your Apex Legends stream doesn’t just rely on your skills, game-sense, reflexes, and entertainment factor. How well you run the game also plays a big role.
Here’s a quick guide on how you can do your Apex Legends Twitch stream settings using OBS Studio.
- To start capturing what’s on your screen, add a Display Capture source on OBS Studio.
- Go to your main/in-game.
- Click the “+” symbol under sources in OBS.
- Click “Display Capture” and choose the display you want to stream on.
- Hit “OK” to confirm.
If you’re using Game Capture:
- Add a new source by clicking the “+” symbol while the game is running.
- Choose “game capture” and name it.
- For mode, choose “Capture Specific Window.”
- Select “[r5apex.exe]: Apex Legends” and that’s it. Your Apex Legends game capture source is all set.
Optimize Apex Legends for the best stream performance
Apex Legends looks and runs great, but it’ll use most of your graphics card. If you want to stream, make sure there are enough GPU resources left for OBS to ensure a smooth streaming experience. For example, if you normally run a high display refresh rate of 120hz or 140hz, you may want to turn it down to 60hz to ensure OBS has enough resources to stream smoothly at 60fps.
Ideally, you should be running the game at 1920x1080. It’s also advisable to turn on and set vertical sync (Vsync) to “triple buffered.” Next, set your graphics to “low” or “medium” on everything.
To change the game graphics settings, launch the game. Select the gear symbol found on the bottom right and then go to the “Video” tab.
- Texture Streaming Budget. This is for setting the texture quality. Leave it blank if you want max performance, but if you want to spot the enemies easily, we recommend you set this to High (4GB Video RAM). But, of course, the sweet spot will depend on the power of your GPU VRAM.
- Texture Filtering. This doesn’t have much impact on performance, but setting this to “Bilinear” can squeeze out those extra frames.
- Ambient Occlusion Quality. If you’re after a good game experience, you can set this to “low-medium.” You’ll want to disable this if you’re a competitive player, though.
- Sun Shadow Coverage. Set this to “Low.” Turning this down, along with “Spot Shadow Detail,” will reduce GPU and CPU load.
- Volumetric Lighting. You can disable this if you want to avoid unnecessary distractions and save additional load.
- Dynamic Spot Shadows. Disable this to improve performance.
- Model Detail. Increase this if you want greater detail or turn it down if you’re after better gaming performance.
- Impact Marks. Set it to “Low.”
- Ragdolls. You can set it to “Low,” as this is mostly for aesthetic purposes.
Generally speaking, 720p at 60 fps hardware-encoded streaming has the lowest impact in terms of performance and overall stream quality. To ensure solid stream quality, you can try optimizing OBS with these configuration settings.
- Output Mode: Simple
- Encoder Preset: Max Quality
- Bitrate: Between 3500 and 6000, depending on your available upload speed and how fast your computer can encode video
- Encoder: Choose hardware (AMF/VCE, NVENC, or Quiksync). Some of these options may not be available to some hardware encoders.
- Check “Enable advanced encoder settings”
- Go to “Video” and make the following changes:
- Base (Canvas) Resolution: Input your default monitor resolution
- Output (Scaled) Resolution: 1280x720
- Downscale Filter: Lanczos
- Common FPS Values: 60
Disable Windows Game Mode
When your Windows 10 Game Mode is enabled, GPU resources will be redirected away from OBS. This will cause sluggishness on the viewers’ side. To disable it:
- Go to your Windows 10 settings.
- Type “Settings” on search.
- Click “Game Mode.”
- Disable “Use Game Mode” with the slider.
Add overlays on your stream
Optimizing OBS and Apex Legends is just the start. Your next step is to design your graphics to make your stream stand out. You can do this by using a well-optimized stream overlay with scenes, animations, and feature alerts about your channel, such as new subscribers, tips, and followers.
StreamElements has a wide range of overlay designs to choose from. To find the best overlay for your Apex Legends Twitch stream:
- Sign up or log in to StreamElements.
- Go to the “Themes Gallery,” where you’ll find hundreds of themes.
- You can choose any of the themes there, but we recommend the SpitFire SuperTheme since it’s specifically designed for Apex Legends.
- Copy the URL for all your scenes.
- Go to OBS and add them as a browser source.
- Check the “Shutdown source when not visible” box for all browser sources you add.
Add your stream key
If you’re going to stream using an encoder like OBS, you’ll need a stream key to complete the process. To find your stream key on Twitch:
- Login to your Twitch account.
- Click your profile icon on the upper right corner and choose “Creator Dashboard.”
- Click “Settings” and then “Stream.”
- Copy your primary stream key and paste it on OBS.
- You can reset your stream key if you think it’s been compromised.
Add your audio sources
Audio is an important factor when live streaming. You need to add your default audio sources in OBS. To ensure your microphone and desktop/game audio are always active on every scene, set both your “Desktop Audio Device” (likely a headset) and “Mix/Auxiliary Audio Device (headset or standalone mic) to default in the OBS Settings menu.
Stream Apex Legends Guide: How to be a Streaming Pro
Apex Legends is one of the most popular games in battle royale now—and why not? It’s a great game. That’s why more and more people are streaming it on Twitch. If you’re a battle royale streamer yourself, this is too good to pass over. But joining this category means competing with popular Apex Legends streamers like Shroud, Dizzy, and NRG.
While skilled gameplay can help you, it’s not the only way to stand out. There are many different reasons why viewers watch streamers play Apex Legends on Twitch. Skill is at the top of these reasons, but some viewers put more importance on the entertainment or education they get.
Here are some tips on how you can excel at streaming this game.
1. Put your mad gaming skills to good use
Are you that good of a player? Do you like using characters nobody expects and still win? Do you win games with 15 kills each round? Are your gaming skills out of this world amazing enough to inspire people to send clips of your video to friends? Skilled gameplay is one of the top reasons people watch live game streams. If you have the skills, use that to your advantage.
2. Be as entertaining as you can be
You don’t have to be an exceptionally talented gamer to start live streaming Apex Legends. Many average players have also made a name for themselves over the years. Why? It’s because they’re entertaining to watch. Get people to watch your stream not because they want to see amazing gameplay, but because they enjoy watching you. Use your charm, wit, and anything that’ll help make your personality shine.
You can watch gamers like Ninja, Lirik, and Shroud, who are both good and entertaining, to see how they make amusing comments, interact with their viewers, and do funny and interesting things while playing. These streamers are always waiting for moments to add a clever or funny quip to their streams. Pay attention to how their antics tie with their gameplay.
3. Teach your viewers something about the game
If you’re worried that you’re not skilled or funny enough, there’s another way to stand out. Education. If you can’t be as good or as entertaining as Shroud and Ninja, why not educate your viewers about Apex?
The game isn’t that old yet, which makes today the perfect time to learn as much as you can about it and pass on the knowledge to your audience—be it maps, composition, hitboxes, aiming, or general gunplay. Share what you think are the best gameplays, such as the best team combos or who should flank.
Here are different ways you can do this.
- Answer your viewers’ questions in an “ask-me-anything” stream format.
- Discuss each drop location, item, Legend, and gun in the game.
- Have your followers send you their game clips and review them live.
- Prerecord your game, cut it into clips, and turn them into live tutorial videos.
- Do a weekly live show and discuss the current legends, meta, weapons, maps, and different game tactics.
- If you’re particularly tech-savvy, you can also teach your audience the best system settings to avoid game lags.
Tips and Strategies to Win
If you’re a battle royale fanatic and would love to stream Apex Legends, you should try practicing first and familiarizing yourself with the game. Here are a few tips and tricks to help you get the hang of the game faster.
1. Choose the right Legend
All Legends are evenly matched when it comes to firepower, speed, and strength. It’s their special abilities that set them apart. So, pick the Legend that complements your team and matches your playstyle.
For example, you can choose Gibraltar if you want to provide a shield between your squad and your opponents in the arena. If you want to help your team travel long distances and take your enemies by surprise, Pathfinder is the perfect Legend for you. Choose Lifeline if you’re more into supporting and boosting your team’s health.
2. Stay close to your team
Squad play is vital if you want to win. When you jump into the arena, make sure you’re with your team. This way, you get to combine your abilities and keep each other safe so you can easily outplay your opponents. Sticking close to your squad will give you a better chance at success.
Of course, that doesn’t mean you should all land on the same spot. You can separate from your team right before hitting the ground to cover more ground for looting. Just make sure you stay as close to each other as possible so you can be together when the battle starts.
3. Set priorities when looting
Finding high-quality loot is your top priority when you land in the arena, but not all items you find are essential. Focus on the important ones that’ll help you survive the game, such as ammo, a good weapon, armor, and helmet.
This is especially important because each player has limited storage. Make sure only to pick up items you need. Don’t bother with things not suitable for the type of weapon you’re using.
4. Always be on the move
Apex Legends’ fast gameplay requires gamers to keep on moving. Staying in one spot for too long won’t help you win the game. To move faster, you may want to holster your weapon. Also, when going downhill, we’ve found that sliding down is faster than running.
5. Check your ammo all the time
Running out of ammo is the worst thing that could happen to you in the Apex arena. Pick up as much ammo as you can—more than you might need.
6. Be smart when reviving your teammates
It’s in your team’s best interest to help each other whenever there’s a chance. That includes reviving a dead teammate. But be careful when you do so. Make sure you’re in a safe spot first. If you also get downed, your team will be more at a disadvantage.
Apex Legends is one of the hottest battle royale games today, which is why many streamers are playing this. So expect stiff competition. It won’t be easy going head-to-head with other streamers, but there’s nothing you can’t achieve with determination, persistence, and perseverance. You just need to find your unique personal branding that’ll make you stand out in the crowd.