So, you want to be a CSGO streamer.

Counter-Strike: Global Offensive (CSGO) is one of the most popular competitive online shooter games today thanks to its good balance and easy-to-play but hard-to-master approach. In fact, it’s one of the world’s biggest eSports, so it’s no wonder millions of people flock daily to watch CSGO streams on popular streaming platforms like Twitch.

Whatever your reasons for wanting to stream the game—whether you just want to flex your skills, be a part of the large CSGO community, or teach others—we got your back. In this article, we’ll take a closer look at the basic requirements, ideal setup, and the best OBS settings for Counter-Strike streaming to help you get started.

How to Stream CSGO Like a Pro

It doesn’t take much to run CSGO. Even an older PC setup will work. But if you want to stream it, you’ll need better PC hardware. Plus, there are certain things you need to consider, such as where and when to broadcast and what equipment you need to start your CSGO streaming career.

System requirements

Counter-Strike: Global Offensive isn’t a demanding game in terms of system requirements. You don’t need a fancy processor to run the game. Although it’s completely dependent on your computer’s processor and GPU, it can run on older PCs with at least a Dual-Core processor from any manufacturer. If you have a newer PC setup, you’ll have no problem playing this game.

CSGO is one of the few older games that’s still around which you can just load and not worry about whether your PC can handle it or not. The minimum requirements (with settings on low) offer 720p at 30 fps gaming resolution, while the recommended settings (with settings on high) will give you 720p at 60 fps resolution.

Minimum requirements

  • Processor: Intel Pentium Dual-Core E5700 3GHz or AMD Phenom 8750 Triple-Core
  • Minimum hard drive space: 15 GB
  • Memory: 2 GB
  • GPU: At least 256 MB and should be DirectX-9 compatible with Pixel Shader 3.0 support
  • DirectX: Version 9.0c
  • OS: Windows 7/Vista/XP
  • Screen resolution: 720p
  • Processor: Intel Pentium Dual-Core E5700 3GHz or AMD Phenom 8750 Triple-Core
  • Minimum hard drive space: 15 GB
  • Memory: 2 GB
  • GPU: AMD Radeon HD 6670 or NVIDIA GeForce GT 630
  • DirectX: Version 9.0c
  • OS: Windows 7
  • Screen Resolution: 1080p

The system requirements listed here are for playing the game. To stream Counter-Strike: Global Offensive, you’ll need a more powerful PC hardware that can handle the streaming software you’re going to use.

How to set up CSGO for streaming

While it doesn’t take much to play CSGO on your PC, live streaming the game is a whole different story. As a general rule of thumb, the better the computer you have, the better stream it’ll produce. We’re not saying you need an insanely powerful computer, but your setup should at least have enough specs to run and stream CSGO at high details with high, stable fps. Fortunately, broadcasting at 60 fps is usually enough to give you a smooth video stream.

Although the game only needs 2GB RAM to run, you’ll need more than that to run the game and other software to achieve a smooth Counter-Strike: Global Offensive stream experience for both you and your audience. This includes streaming software like OBS, multiple background processes, and more. We suggest at least 8GB RAM, especially if you’re using Windows 10.

You also need to consider your internet upload and download speed. To see the chat in real-time and enjoy a lag-free gaming experience, you’ll need high download speed. Upload speed, on the other hand, will give you a high-quality audio and video CS Go stream without lags and hitches.

Where to stream CSGO

Due to CSGO’s global popularity, every streaming platform that allows video game streams will let you broadcast it live. You can stream on Twitch, YouTube, or Facebook, and you’ll find a thriving community of CSGO fanatics on each of these platforms. Of course, you have to be careful not to violate any of the platforms’ rules. Each major streaming service has its own community guidelines and terms of use.

Generally speaking, sexist, racist, and other offensive content will get you reported and banned no matter what platform you’re in. But there are some things that may be fine on one platform but will get you in trouble on another. Make sure to carefully read the rules of each platform you want to use to avoid getting banned.

Equipment you need for streaming CSGO

Aside from your computer, you also need the following equipment to start live streaming CSGO.

Advantages and disadvantages of streaming CSGO

CSGO is a popular game and has been around for quite some time, so it has established a loyal following. If you manage to grow your live stream channel, you can potentially earn a steady income while playing games all day—and who doesn’t want that? But, as they say, it’s not all fun and games. If you’re serious about being a professional live video gamer, you need to put in a lot of hard work.

For starters, you need to play your best all the time while still being funny and communicative enough for your viewers to keep watching you. Aside from that, you need to keep leveling up your gaming skills because the competition is quite stiff, as many other popular streamers are broadcasting this game. Also, the more you stream, the more it may start feeling like work. As a result, you may stop enjoying the game. But don’t let something that hasn’t happened yet discourage you from giving it a try.

Overall, running even a small channel focused on streaming CSGO has more pros than cons. As we’ve mentioned earlier, it’s an extremely popular game with dedicated communities on every major game streaming platform. And as you hone your gaming skills, you also get to improve your soft skills the more you interact with your audience. Some of your loyal fans might even donate to your channel and send you monetary gifts.

Your total earnings may or may not be able to sustain you permanently. But it’s still nice to receive small bonuses and be appreciated while doing what you’d rather be doing than being stuck inside a boring office. Even if you start losing interest in the game, at least it’s not a tedious 9-to-5 job.

How to Set Up OBS Settings for CS Go After the Trusted Mode Update

The Trusted Mode update was implemented to restrict third-party software from connecting with the game. This feature is enabled by default. This is meant to prevent cheating in VAC secured servers.

Unfortunately, the creators of CSGO also decided not to whitelist even seemingly harmless applications, such as OBS, as they can be used to cheat in the game. This has left many CSGO content creators scratching their heads as to how they can stream the game. Fortunately, there are currently two ways you can stream the game after the update.

Here are the best OBS settings for recording CSGO after the Trusted Mode update.

Stream while Trusted Mode is enabled

To avoid launching in Trusted Mode, you’ll have to go directly to the source, which is OBS.

  1. Open OBS.
  2. Look for your CSGO sources and scene.
  3. Click the “+” symbol to add a display capture source. You can either create a new display capture source or use an existing one.
  4. Click “OK.”
  5. Click “OK” again on the pop-up window. OBS will now capture any open application or window on your desktop, including CSGO.
  6. Streaming with display capture will let you broadcast CSGO even while Trusted Mode is enabled. This is a simple and straightforward way to bypass the update, but the downside is you get input lags and fps drops.

Stream without display capture in OBS

The other method involves changing the game’s launch options. You can disable Trusted Mode completely if you don’t want to make changes to your sources and scenes. This works because Trusted Mode doesn’t differentiate between non-trusted and trusted queues. It also doesn’t ensure a lower trust factor.

But that means disabling it every time you want to start the game, which can get annoying in the long run. Fortunately, there’s a quick and easy workaround that’ll only take you a few seconds to set up.

  1. Right-click on the title in the Stream library and click “Properties” to access CSGO’s launch options.
  2. On the “Properties” pop-up window, choose “Set Launch Options” to go to the launch options.
  3. Enter “-allow_third_party_software” in the text box.
  4. Click “OK.”

This launch command will disable Trusted Mode, forcing the game to start in “un-trusted” (normal) mode. It’ll also let OBS capture CSGO using Game Capture.

Wrapping Up

CSGO isn’t a new game, but it hasn’t lost its appeal over the years. It remains one of the most-watched games on the internet. If you’re new to live streaming, you can’t go wrong with this one. Just make sure you have the skills to impress viewers before hitting that live button.