RUNNER GUIDE (ONLINE MARATHONS)

v2.0 – Heavily revised prior to ESA Summer Online 2020

Streaming and running at an online ESA marathon is not all that much more complicated than streaming to your own channel like you would usually do, but it will require some pretty substantial changes however so please read this guide carefully.

Someone from the tech crew will be contacting you shortly after the game schedule is released. That person will be your point of contact for any questions related to the stream, but here are some of the more notable points.

You will need to use a custom OBS package that we will provide, as well as do a little setup for the audio.

Audio Splitting and OBS Configuration

Please follow the steps in the attached PDF carefully

Download the OBS Package
Open the audio splitting guide

Quality Requirements

  • Desired settings: 1920×1080, 6000Kbps bitrate, 60fps
  • Minimum settings: 1280×720, 2500Kbps bitrate, 30fps
  • A webcam is required, no exceptions
  • If your bitrate is below 4500, we would prefer 720p 60fps over 1080p 30fps
  • If know your game is 30fps or below, please stream at only 30fps

Please experiment to find what is the maximum you can achieve without dropping frames.

Layouts

You will find all the available layout templates in the OBS package. Find the one that fits you and simply insert your game feed and camera feed in their respective areas. The rest of the layout is blank and you’re free to add whatever information you’d like there for the benefit of the viewers on your channel as those areas will be covered up by the layout on the ESA stream.

Make sure nothing overlaps the game or camera feeds. We encourage you to to add your own timer or splits in the unused area.

Commentary and Audio

As a rough guide your game sound should be just below the top of the green in OBS Studio (-25dB) and all voices should be at the top of the yellow (-10dB). (Demo Link)

If your mic is “turned up” all the way and is still quiet, add a gain filter to it in OBS. If your co-commentators are quiet, they should turn themselves up first. Please ensure that the discord call is clearly audible before you begin your run!

The audio on the restream will come entirely from your stream. A discord channel on the ESA server will be provided for you and any commentators you wish to have. The donation reader will also be there with you.

All commentary must be in English.

Notifications and Alerts

Do not include any alerts on the stream such as new followers, subscribers, cheers and donations. Nothing must be shown or heard that is not the game, yourself, your commentators or the donation reader.

Please mute all windows desktop alerts and VOIP alerts.

If you’re playing on Steam, make sure to disable the in-game notifications as well.

Please turn off the chat (both yours and the ESA one) once you’re live. Imagine you’re in front of a live audience, and focus on the game, communicating only with your co-commentators.

CONTACT US

If you have any technical questions, please contact Tyr#3168 on the on the ESA Discord. We’re happy to help.