Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six Siege came out in late 2015 on the PS3, Xbox One, and PC to a lukewarm reception. Rainbow Six Siege popularity improved by a huge leap when Ubisoft released free downloadable content and updates. The first-person shooter was released for the PS5 and Xbox Series X/S in December 2020.

The game’s fiction is pretty straightforward. A terrorist group called White Mask is wreaking havoc across the world. An agent called Six reactivates the defunct Rainbow Program and assembles a group of special forces to counter White Mask.

The majority of Siege is online PvE or PvP multiplayer. There’s no campaign or story mode save for a few tutorial levels, which you may play solo or in co-op.

Siege uses procedural destructible environments. Most walls, floors, and ceilings are destructible, which players use for tactical advantage. They can also use ambush tactics by rappelling through windows.

In the game, you play as a member or operator of two teams: attackers and defenders. Each team has five members. A casual match lasts four minutes per round and a ranked match goes down to three.

At the beginning of every round, operators have one minute to prepare for the siege. Defenders set up defensive measures, such as traps and obstructions. Attackers use this time for scouting the area using drones and marking targets, including traps laid down by the enemies. Defenders may destroy drones if detected.

You aren’t completely taken out of the round if killed. You can provide support to active teammates by taking control of drones and surveillance cameras.

Siege is a large game. Currently, there are 20 playable maps and nine game modes, including seasonal events. Each one has a different determiner for achieving victory, like hostage rescue or bomb defusing.

You have a choice of 60 operator types, which are distinguished by their loadouts. Specific operator types work well together in a team. At the same time, operators have counterparts from the opposing team. For example, some character classes have gear that render the equipment of some enemy classes useless.

Every Rainbow Six Siege match is dynamic. The mood of each match shifts from slow and calm to frantic and violent several times. It’s an exciting spectator game, making it an excellent title for live streaming.

In this tutorial, we’ll teach you how to set up a Rainbow Six Siege live stream on PC.

Rainbow Six Siege System Requirements

First things first. Here are the minimum requirements for running Rainbow Six Siege:

  • OS: 64-bit version of the following operating systems: Windows 7 SP1 / Windows 8 / Windows 8.1 / Windows 10
  • CPU: Intel Core i3 560 @ 3.3 GHz or AMD Phenom II X4 945 @ 3.0 GHz
  • RAM: 6 GB
  • GPU: Nvidia GeForce GTX 460 or AMD Radeon HD5770 (1024 MB VRAM)
  • Hard Drive: 85.5 GB
  • DirectX: 11
  • Sound: DirectX Compatible Sound Card with latest drivers
  • Supported controllers: X-Input Compatible
  • Multiplayer: Broadband with 256 kbps upload

Ubisoft recommends running Rainbow Six Siege on these system specifications:

  • OS: 64-bit version of the following operating systems: Windows 7 SP1 / Windows 8 / Windows 8.1 / Windows 10
  • CPU: Intel Core i5-2500K @ 3.3 GHz or AMD FX-8120 @ 3.1 GHz
  • RAM: 8 GB
  • GPU: Nvidia GeForce GTX 670 or AMD Radeon HD7970 / R9 280X or better (2048 MB VRAM)
  • Hard Drive: 85.5 GB
  • DirectX: 11
  • Sound: DirectX Compatible Sound Card with latest drivers
  • Supported Controllers: X-Input Compatible
  • Multiplayer: Broadband with 512 kbps upload

How to Stream Rainbow Six Siege

For this guide, we’ll use OBS Studio as our streaming software for linking your Rainbow Six Siege stream to Twitch and YouTube.

  • If you haven’t already, create accounts on Twitch or YouTube and set up your profiles.
    • On YouTube, there’s a 24-hour waiting period after verifying your account before you can start streaming.
  • Download and install OBS Studio.
  • Give OBS administrator access on Windows.
  • Run OBS but don’t go through the setup wizard. Click cancel instead, 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. Do this so your CPU won’t get overworked.
    • Set the bitrate anywhere from 4500 to 9000 Kbps. This is the recommended bitrate for a 1080p at 60fps video quality stream. Your internet upload has to maintain a speed of at least 6 Mbps.
    • The rule of thumb is keeping the bitrate at no more than 50% of your upload speed. Stay within this range, and you’ll minimize Rainbow Six Siege stream lag.
    • Hit “Apply”.
  • Go to “Audio”. Select your microphone from the “Mic/Auxiliary Audio” dropdown menu. Click “Apply”.
    • This is optional but you’ll likely use a mic since Siege is better played with team voice chat.
  • On Video, set both Base and Output resolutions to 1080p. Click “Apply” then “OK”.
  • You’re on the OBS main interface. Let’s set up your scenes, which is what your viewers will see.

On the Scene box, in the lower-left corner, rename the pre-loaded scene to something that’ll make sense to you for better scene management. Name it something like, “game” or “game and cam”.

  • Run Rainbow Six Siege.
  • 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 Siege as a fullscreen program and show the game on the preview display. Make sure that Siege is the only fullscreen app currently running.
    • If the above method doesn’t work, double-click “Game Capture” on the “Sources” panel. Select “Capture specific window” from “Mode”. Choose the window where Siege is running from the “Window” dropdown. Then hit “OK”.
  • Now let’s add a facecam.
    • 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 ensures that your facecam will stay over your gameplay feed on the final scene.

  • 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.
    • Siege’s HUD gets busy at times. We recommend positioning your camera in the upper left or right corner where it’s less likely to get in the way of important stuff viewers may want to see.
  • Your computer’s audio should appear on the “Audio Mixer” panel next to “Sources”. We recommend disabling Windows’ system sounds, so you don’t get distracting audio alerts.
    • If you have a mic, it should also appear on the mixer box. This 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. You’re probably using a separate mic for your stream.
  • Once your audio and video sources are locked in on OBS, link your stream to Twitch or YouTube.
    • On YouTube, click the “Create” icon in the upper right corner of the homepage, then “Go live”. On the “Manage” tab on the right side, schedule a live stream. Leave “Enable Auto-Start” disabled.
    • Configure your personal broadcast preferences. Then copy the stream key.
    • Switch back to OBS, go to settings, then “Stream”. Choose “YouTube - RTMPS” from “Service”, then paste your YouTube stream key on the field.
    • Click “Apply” then “OK”.
    • For Twitch, go to OBS’s settings, Stream, then select Twitch from “Service”. Connect OBS to your Twitch account.
    • Click “Apply” then “OK”.
  • You’re back on OBS’s main dashboard. Once you’re happy with everything, click “Start Streaming.”
    • Your Twitch live stream should begin immediately.
    • On YouTube, click “Go live” on YouTube Studio once it starts receiving data from OBS.

Rainbow Six Siege is a fast-paced first-person shooter. Your computer has to account for a lot of movements on screen. All that action on the highest visual settings can destroy your framerates. The game doesn’t just put a toll on your graphics card. The CPU shoulders the processing for some graphical elements. So, Siege is a workout for your whole system.

For a better Rainbow Six Siege live stream and overall gaming experience, we suggest prioritizing performance over graphical quality.

Here are our recommended graphics settings.

  • Texture Quality. Set this to “Medium” for a major framerate boost.
  • Anisotropic Filtering. X16
  • Level of Detail (LOD). This impacts the details of distant objects. Set this on “High”.
  • Shading. This determines how textures react to light. You can leave it on “Low”.
  • Shadow. This affects shadow realism. “Medium” should suffice.
  • Reflections and Ambient Occlusion. Both have subtle effects on visuals. Just turn them off.
  • Lens Effect. The flash and flare from gunfire and explosions. You can do without this.
  • Zoom-in Depth of Field. This has little effect on performance, so you can turn this off.
  • Multi-sample Anti-aliasing. This makes the edges of in-game objects and is handled by the CPU. It’s very resource-intensive. Set it to “No”.

Rainbow Six Siege has an auto-detect feature. Run it at least once to see how your system fares. Change individual settings according to your preference.

Quick Tips for Playing Rainbow Six Siege

  • Play with people you know.

Victory relies heavily on good communication in this game. It’s better to play with people you’re familiar with rather than randos from the internet. Strategizing is hard when your teammates don’t even speak the same language.

  • Use earbuds.

This game has a good sound design. Audio cues, like footsteps and rustling, may alert you of enemy or drone positions. Earbuds put you at an advantage because headphones, even the noise-canceling ones, may still produce white noise.

  • Headshots

Any non-shotgun weapon guarantees a one-shot headshot kill even at long distances. Use this information however you see fit.

  • Don’t get kill-hungry.

While eliminating all the members of the enemy team leads to a win, it’s not really what the game is all about. Siege deals with patience and tactics. Use the tools that your operator and the level afford you. Brute force is fun but victory using your wits is much sweeter.

  • Be ready for cheaters.

The Great Rainbow Six Siege Ban of 2020

Any game is susceptible to cheats. Online multiplayer games are a breeding ground for people who want an unfair advantage over others. Some jerks just want to troll and be toxic. Others want to rank up without putting in the work.

In 2020, Rainbow Six Siege banned almost 100,000 players for cheating. Siege cheats are your usual exploits. You have god mode, aimbots, kill/death ratio editors, etc. Some particularly powerful hacks can even change your entire team’s operator types right before a match!

Fortunately, Ubisoft is further beefing up its anti-cheat measures. They’ve linked BattleEye, their anti-cheat software, with Steam’s Valve Anti-Cheat (VAC) for synchronized banning. Every update also includes more robust security measures. They make it harder and harder for cheat developers to worm their way into the game’s code.

With all this automation, Ubisoft still enforces manual moderation as they’ve done since 2015. They still review individual reports of cheating. So, you as a player still play a large part in keeping despicable hacks out of the game.

There’s No Stopping Rainbow Six Siege

Despite Rainbow Six Siege’s rocky beginnings, it rose to become one of the most popular and well-reviewed tactical shooter titles in recent history. Siege successfully united several run-of-the-mill gameplay mechanics into one exhilarating game that stands out from the sea of battle royales and roguelikes.

Each player’s decision ripples across the round. There is a large emphasis on the risk/reward concept, making every win incredibly satisfying. These come from Ubisoft’s receptiveness to user suggestions and dealing with the game’s core issues. It’s no wonder the game’s current player count is over 70 million across all platforms.

Rainbow Six Siege is an intense experience for both players and viewers. This makes the game an excellent candidate for your next live stream session.