9to5Google reports that Stadia players can now live stream their sessions to YouTube. Streaming to YouTube is available for only the Chrome version on computers, not for Chromecast, Android, or iOS.
Direct streaming to YouTube clears plenty of hurdles for aspiring livestream personalities. On PC, streamers must use capture software such as Open Broadcaster Software (OBS), and must configure the software and their computer to be able to stream, as well as setup a Twitch or YouTube account and link the streaming code. For streaming console games, streamers must additionally install a capture card for their computer. Stadia eases the burden by providing a powerful platform to play the games and cutting out the middle-man of capture software and hardware. No console is required. Only a cheap PC or Mac. With the Stadia business model, streamers will need to purchase the game unless it’s available for free as part of the Pro subscription, just as they would on computer or console. Of course, streaming to Twitch is also not an option, at least not directly, if that’s your preferred platform.