Most shooters right now follow either the battle royale, one-man/team left standing, or the objective-based, heroes vs terrorists model. Looter shooters, like the Destiny and Borderlands series, also take up a good chunk of the online multiplayer space. For the most part, they’re great titles. They’re fun to play with friends or randoms. And they’re all good materials for live streaming.
But what if you want something more? Something different yet familiar enough to not be off-putting. A game that offers environmental challenges that go beyond a shrinking map. Well, that’s the void that Battlestate Games came out to fill with Escape from Tarkov.
Defining Escape from Tarkov is not as simple as dropping it into a single genre. It’s a tactical first-person shooter. It’s a survival action simulator. Some people say it has RPG elements. There’s PvP, PvE, and in-depth inventory management. The truth is they’re all accurate descriptions of the game—making it stand out from the crowd.
Escape from Tarkov is an interesting approach to the action genre. Gamers and spectators alike are embracing this breath of fresh air. It’s an excellent title for your next live stream adventure.
In this post, we’ll teach you how to live stream Escape from Tarkov from your PC to your favorite platform using OBS Studio.
But first, let’s get to know the game a bit better.
What Is Escape from Tarkov?
Escape from Tarkov is being developed and published by Battlestate Games. It’s the Russian development studio’s first title and is still in beta. The company describes itself as “founded by people, experienced in FPS and hardcore games”, So you know they mean business. Let’s have a look at the basics of Escape from Tarkov.
Tarkov is a fictional city in the Northwest region of Russia and the capital of the Norvinsk Special Economic Zone. Social breakdown arose from the downfall of political and corporate structures, leaving the city in disarray.
There are three factions involved in the fiction. United Security is a private military group employed by TerraGroup—a powerful corporate entity—to cover up its misdeeds, while BEAR is a special unit by the Russian government tasked with looking into TerraGroup’s illegal endeavors. Scavs, the third faction, comprises Tarkov locals-turned-scavengers who are dead set against the former two.
You have the option of playing as a member of the three factions. Each faction has access to specific equipment. United Security has Western-based weapons, while BEAR has Russian loadouts. You can play solo or with a team. Each map has a player cap of 14.
The “escape” in Escape from Tarkov refers to the main objective of matches or what’s referred to in-game as “raids”. You must fight your way through the map against not just players but also NPCs to reach an extraction point. You collect loot throughout your perilous journey.
All the weapons, armor, and other materials collected in a successful run can be stashed for future games. They can also be sold or traded to other players and merchant NPCs. You lose everything upon death during a raid, including the stuff you brought with you at the beginning of the match.
You have a hideout, which you upgrade in between raids using looted or purchased items. Upgrading yields you stat buffs, experience boosts, crafting unlocks, and more. Weapons are highly customizable as well.
Escape from Tarkov puts incredible emphasis on micro-management and hyper-realism. Movement speed isn’t confined to walking and sprinting. You can dynamically adjust how slow or fast you move, which also affects your stealth level. Even your crouch height can be finely tuned.
The game doesn’t show how much ammo you have in your equipped weapon by default. You have to press keys to check, and even then, the HUD will only give an estimate of how many bullets you have left.
Weapon reloading is also not as simple compared to other games. There’s normal and then there’s quick reload. The latter involves dropping your current magazine on the ground as you switch. If there’s ammo left in it, you can pick it up later. Other players can also swipe it from under your nose if you don’t retrieve it quickly enough. Dropped mags from quick reloading persist on the map after you die, so other players can pick them up as loot.
Simply having ammo in your inventory doesn’t mean they’re viable for reloading automatically. You must equip ammo to your pockets from your backpack, otherwise, the game won’t recognize them as “loadable”.
Armor is divided into at least seven separate elements. These include headgear, chest rigs, face covers, eyewear, armbands, and vests.
Inventory management borrows mechanics from the likes of Resident Evil 4, with its grid system. You have to “Tetris” your way to making room for more items.
Apart from combat and inventory, Escape from Tarkov also mixes in an elaborate survival system. You must monitor stamina, thirst, injury treatment, and blood pressure management, among a host of other bodily requirements. Stress also influences you through hand tremors, which affects weapon handling.
So far, Tarkov is divided into seven playable maps, with at least one more under development. Locations include a factory, the woods, a shoreline, and more. The studio plans to integrate an open-world option, which combines all locales into a free-roam type of gameplay mode.
Battlestate Games has yet to disclose a release date for the full version. The game is currently available for purchase only through its official website. But there are plans of bringing it to marketplaces like Steam and Epic.
You can choose among four editions. The prices range from $40 to $140. Stash space and starting loot increase with the price.
The developers have stated that they will not integrate microtransactions into Escape from Tarkov.
Escape from Tarkov System Requirements
The minimum requirements for playing Escape from Tarkov are:
- CPU: Intel Core 2 Duo, i3 2.4 GHz / AMD Athlon or Phenom II 2.6 GHz
- RAM: 6 GB
- Storage: 8 GB
- GPU: DX9 compatible graphics card with 1 GB RAM
- Operating System: 64-Bit Windows 7, 8, or 10 on the latest build
- Display: 800 × 600 or higher
- Connection: Broadband Internet
The recommended system requirements for playing Escape from Tarkov are:
- CPU: Intel Core i5 or i7 3.2 GHz / AMD Athlon or Phenom II 3.6 GHz
- RAM: 16 GB
- Storage: 10 GB SSD
- GPU: DX11 compatible graphics card with 2 GB RAM or more
- Operating System: 64-Bit Windows 7, 8, or 10 on the latest build
- Display: 800 × 600 or higher
- Connection: Broadband Internet
Escape from Tarkov Live Stream Guide Using OBS Studio
Escape from Tarkov is only available for PC. We’ll teach how to link OBS to Escape from Tarkov for live streaming to Twitch, YouTube, and Facebook.
How to stream Escape from Tarkov on Twitch
- Create an account on Twitch and set up your profile.
- Download and install OBS Studio.
- Allow administrator access for OBS on Windows.
- Run OBS but cancel the setup wizard, then go to “Settings”.
- Go to “Output” and select “Advanced” under “Output Mode”.
- On the “Streaming” tab, select your dedicated GPU (Nvidia, AMD) for the encoder. The rest of the options will use your CPU as the encoder. We want to avoid doing this as much as possible.
- Set the bitrate anywhere from 4500 to 6000 Kbps. This is the ideal bitrate for a resolution of 1080p 60fps. Your internet upload speed has to maintain a speed of at least 7 Mbps.
- Keep the bitrate at no more than 50% of your upload speed if you intend to use higher values.
- Hit “Apply”.
- Go to “Audio”. Select your microphone from the “Mic/Auxiliary Audio” dropdown menu. Click “Apply”. This is an optional step, but we strongly recommend having live commentary with your live stream.
- On “Video”, set both Base and Output resolutions to 1080p. Click “Apply” then “OK”.
- This will send you to the OBS Studio main interface where you’ll lay out your scenes and add audio and video sources.
- On the Scene box, in the lower-left corner, rename the one pre-loaded scene to whatever you like. Do this through the right-click menu while highlighting the scene.
- Run Escape from Tarkov.
- On the “Sources” box, click the plus (+) sign then select “Game Capture”.
- In properties, select “Capture any fullscreen application” from “Mode” then “OK”.
- OBS should detect the game as a fullscreen program. You should see it in the preview box.
- If the above method doesn’t work, double-click “Game Capture” on the “Sources” panel. Select “Capture specific window” from “Mode”. Select the game’s window from the “Window” dropdown. Then hit “OK”.
- Using OBS to stream Escape from Tarkov allows you to add an optional facecam to your live stream. Here’s how to do it.
- Add another source for your gameplay scene. Select “Video Capture Device”. From the “Device” dropdown, select your webcam.
- On the “Sources” box, drag “Video Capture Device” up so that it comes before “Game Capture” on the list.
- Alternatively, highlight your webcam then click the up or down arrow. This makes it so that your facecam lays over your gameplay feed.
- Resize your facecam by clicking and dragging the red border. Crop it by holding down the ‘alt’ key while dragging.
- Drag your facecam to wherever you want it on the screen. Most Escape from Tarkov streamers place it at the top left or middle of the screen.
- Audio from input sources should appear on the “Audio Mixer” panel next to “Sources”.
- Your microphone should also appear on the mixer box, which is where you control each audio output’s volume levels.
- If your camera has a built-in microphone, we suggest muting it from the audio mixer panel.
- Once your audio and video sources are set in OBS, link your stream to Twitch.
- Go to OBS’s settings, Stream, then select Twitch from “Service”. Connect OBS to your Twitch account. This will automatically input your Twitch account’s unique stream key on OBS.
- Click “Apply” then “OK”.
- Back on OBS’s dashboard, click “Start Streaming” from the “Controls” panel when you’re scenes and audio are sorted to your liking. Your stream on Twitch should begin after a little while.
How to live stream Escape from Tarkov to YouTube
- Create a YouTube account and set up your channel.
- On your YouTube homepage, click on the camera icon on the upper right of your screen. On the drop-down menu, select “Go live.”
- Verify your account using the instructions given by YouTube. There’s a 24-hour waiting period after verification before you can start live streaming on the platform.
- Follow steps 2 to 15 from the above set of instructions for using OBS with Escape from Tarkov for Twitch streaming. Note the following differences:
- Set the bitrate from 4500 to 9000 for 1080p 60fps. Your internet connection must maintain an upload speed of 11 Mbps to handle the higher value.
- YouTube allows streaming in 4k. The recommended bitrate is 20000 to 50000. But your upload speed must sustain 25 and 62 Mbps, respectively.
- Once you’re done with step 15, go to YouTube, click the “Create” icon in the upper-right corner of the homepage, then hit “Go live”.
- On the “Manage” tab on the right side, schedule a live stream.
- Leave “Enable Auto-Start” disabled. This will stop YouTube from going live automatically when it detects a signal from your live streaming software.
- Configure the broadcast preferences according to your liking. Don’t forget to set the category to “Gaming” and the visibility to public, private, or unlisted.
- Set the appropriate tags, stream title, and description. These play a huge role in making your content discoverable.
- Copy the stream key.
- Switch back to OBS, go to settings, then “Stream”. Choose “YouTube - RTMPS” from “Service”. RTMPS is a security protocol that protects your live stream from unauthorized access by external entities. Paste your YouTube stream key on the field. Click “Apply” then “OK”.
- On the main dashboard of OBS, click “Start Streaming.” once everything is finalized.
- Back on your YouTube live stream dashboard, wait for the feed from OBS to appear on the preview box, click “Go live.” to start live streaming on YouTube.
How to live stream Escape from Tarkov on Facebook
The steps required to live stream Escape from Tarkov on Facebook are also very similar to Twitch and Youtube.
- Create a Facebook account.
- Just like with YouTube, just follow steps 2 through 15 from the Twitch guide. The changes you should apply are:
- In the “Video” settings, set the base resolution to 1080p but ignore the output resolution.
- Set the bitrate to 4000. This value requires 3 to 4 Mbps of upload speed. But 6 Mbps is a safe upload speed for that bitrate.
- When you’re done with step 15, go to OBS’s settings, then “Stream”. Select “Facebook Live” from “Service”.
- A notice will say that you’re limited to streaming at a 720p resolution. Click “Yes”.
- Uncheck “Ignore streaming service setting recommendations.”
- Click “Get Stream Key”. OBS will send you to your Facebook Live Producer on a browser if you’re logged in to your account.
- You can access Live Producer through your Facebook homepage. Click on the red “Live video” icon at the top of your feed.
- Once there, select “Use stream key” from the “Get started” options.
- In “Setup options”, enable “Use a persistent stream key”. Keep your stream key secure.
- Set whether or not you want Facebook to save a copy of your stream on your profile. Archived streams are undeletable.
- The options found in “Settings” are up to your preference.
- Give your stream a title and description. Set your stream’s visibility (public, private, friends, etc.) as well.
- Select where you want to post your stream (your timeline, group, page, and so on.).
- Copy your stream key. And paste it on “Stream” in OBS’s “Settings”. Click “Apply” then “Ok”.
- Click “Start Streaming” on OBS’s home interface.
- Go to Live Producer and wait for OBS and Facebook to link up. After a short while, the signal from OBS should come in.
- When you’re ready, click “Go live” on the bottom of the left side panel in Live Producer.
To stream at 1080p on Facebook and unlock monetization options, you must become part of the platform’s Level Up program. To do this, you must convert your personal account into a gaming creator page, then gain 100 followers. Lastly, you must stream for at least a total of four hours in two days within 14 consecutive days.
Tips for Live Streaming Escape from Tarkov
Escape from Tarkov has nuances that need addressing when it’s being live streamed. Here are a few quick tips for making your Escape for Tarkov stream more entertaining.
1. Make your own fun
Escape from Tarkov’s subject matter and gameplay mechanics hardly make it a South Park: The Stick of Truth clone. It’s a serious game. But it is still just that—a game. The title’s intense tone shouldn’t stop you from making light of it for your broadcast. This is especially helpful if a huge part of your brand is comedy. Don’t be afraid to goof off. Better yet, get a squad of your friends or viewers together and clown around the map. Just don’t grief other serious players.
2. Don’t neglect your audience
If you’re playing the game seriously on stream, all that micromanaging and fast-paced combat will eat up a lot of your attention. But don’t leave your viewers hanging. Peek into chat every so often and engage your audience. The game is demanding, but you’re still live with spectators that require your attention. Spinning multiple plates is part of the live streaming experience.
3. Play the Offline Mode
Escape from Tarkov has an offline mode, which Battlestate may or may not remove when the game’s full retail version comes out. In this mode, you play against enemy NPCs. It eliminates the extra pressure of combating real players, making for a much more chill live stream. Doing this will give you more freedom to address your viewers. It’s also an excellent way of familiarizing yourself with the game if you’re new to it.