YouTube is preparing to launch a new feature that will allow select creators to invite a guest to go live with them, according to a blog post and a Creator Insider channel. At first, creators will only be able to co-stream using a phone, as the feature will not be available on YouTube’s desktop version. The new feature will be available to a limited number of creators at first, but YouTube intends to expand co-streaming to more creators in the future.
Creators can use their computer to schedule a livestream with a guest and then go live from their mobile phone. They can also go live right away from their mobile phone. You can rotate guests on your livestream, but only one guest can appear at a time. After inviting a guest, your stream feed will appear above your guest’s.
Some creators will be able to select the new “Go Live Together” button on their accounts in the coming weeks. Beginning with the title, description, monetization settings, thumbnails, and visibility settings, creators must enter their stream details. Creators can choose a guest to invite to their livestream after selecting the “Invite a co-streamer” option. The guest will be directed to a waiting room after clicking the invite. When both participants are ready, the host can press the “Go Live” button.
Advertisements can run in YouTube’s guest streams, but all revenue goes to the host. It’s worth noting that the stream will not appear on the guest’s channel, but YouTube acknowledges that visibility on guest channels is important, implying that the feature could be released in the future.
The new feature comes on the heels of TikTok and Twitch launching their own co-streaming features. TikTok launched a new feature called “Multi-Guest” a few weeks ago, which allows hosts to go live with up to five other people using a grid or panel layout. Twitch officially launched a new feature called Guest last week, which allows streamers to easily invite other creators and fans into their streams for a talk show-style experience. Guest Star allows anyone to bring up to five speakers into a stream at the same time.
TikTok and Twitch, unlike YouTube’s co-streaming feature, both allow you to go live with more than one person. Given that co-streaming on YouTube is still in its early stages, it’s possible that the limit will be raised to allow creators to go live with multiple people.