YouTube is preparing to launch a new feature that will allow select creators to invite a guest to go live with them, the company announced on its Creator Insider channel and in a blog post. At launch, creators will only be able to co-stream via phone, as the feature will not be available on the desktop version of YouTube. The new feature will initially only be available to a select group of creators, but YouTube plans to expand collaborative streaming to more creators in the future.
Creators can schedule a live broadcast with a guest from their computer and then go live from a mobile phone. Or they can go live right from their mobile phone. Although you can rotate guests on your live stream, you can only have one guest appear at a time. After you invite a guest, your stream feed will appear above your guest’s.
Over the next few weeks, some creators will be able to select the new “Go Live Together” button on their accounts. Creators should start by entering details about their stream, including a title, description, monetization settings, thumbnails, and visibility settings. After selecting the “Invite co-streamer” option, creators will be able to select a guest to invite to their live stream. Once the guest clicks on the invite, they will be sent to a waiting room. When both are ready, the host can tap the Go Live button.
Guest streams on YouTube can run ads, but revenue will go solely to the host. It’s worth noting that the stream won’t appear in the guest’s channel, but YouTube says it’s aware that visibility in guest channels is important, indicating that the company could potentially ship the feature in the future.
The launch of the new feature comes after TikTok and Twitch recently launched their own co-streaming features. A few weeks ago, TikTok has released a new feature called “Multi-Guest,” which allows hosts to work live with up to five other people using a grid or panel layout. Last week, Twitch has officially launched a new feature called Guest, which allows streamers to easily bring other creators and fans into their streams for a talk show-like experience. Guest Star lets anyone stream up to five speakers at once.
Unlike YouTube’s co-streaming feature, TikTok and Twitch allow you to watch live with more than one person. Given that collaborative streaming on YouTube is still in its early stages, it’s possible that it will expand the limit to allow creators to stream live with multiple people.