Minecraft 1.9 came out today. You can read about it here. In short, it brings a massive overhaul to the combat mechanics, and new content to The End. However, there was also one small change that went mostly unnoticed in Minecraft 1.9 – the Twitch Broadcasting feature that allowed you to livestream from directly in the game.

If you relied on this feature — which a lot of people did— it’s removal might appear to be a blow to your livestreaming career. This isn’t the case however, as there are alternatives which provide a lot more control over what’s being streamed.

Open Broadcaster Software (OBS)

Probably the most used streaming software, OBS is free, and has a lot of customisability. It’s what I used while streaming, and it affords you a lot of control over what goes on the screen – overlays, donation trackers, images and so forth.

As a bonus, it’s free! However, the huge number of  options can be very daunting at first, and it can be tricky to get everything working properly together. The official forums have a number of guides to help with this, and it’s worth reading at least one.

Get OBS: obsproject.com


XSplit is probably the most well known streaming software. There are two versions, XSplit Gamecaster, and XSplit Broadcaster, both of which come together when you purchase a license. Both versions are similar to OBS, although with a much easier to use interface. The downside is that they costs money. The free versions have a number of limitations including a watermark and a 30fps lock. However, for a price, you can have a lot more functionality that OBS out of the box.

Get XSplit: xsplit.com


FFSplit is another free program that allows you to livestream. I had never heard of it before researching this article, but according to a number of sources, it’s supposed to be quite good. It has a much more user friendly interface than OBS, meaning you can get streaming faster!

Get FFSplit: www.ffsplit.com

Do you livestream? If so, what software do you use? Let us know in the comments below!

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