Today, Streamlabs is happy to announce that we are getting additional support for YouTube. Through the integration of a new API, live streamers on YouTube can use Streamlabs Desktop to add alerts for Member subscriptions.

For the last year, YouTube Gaming Live has been undergoing steady growth. The platform recently acquired top talents like CouRage and Valkyrae. Last quarter YouTube Gaming Live experienced a 39.6% increase in hours watched compared to the previous quarter. The platform now represents 20% of the market share, only behind Twitch, in hours watched.

At Streamlabs, our goal is to support creators regardless of platform. We want to be there to assist everyone. The work we are doing here is another step in that direction. We’re excited to give our streamers on YouTube even more ways to create their perfect live stream.

How to customize Alerts For Members

Channel memberships let your viewers support your channel through monthly payments in exchange for member-only perks. You must have at least 30,000 subscribers or, if you are a gaming channel, you must have 1,000 subscribers. Lastly, you must be a part of the YouTube Partner Program.

Manually customize your own by navigating to the Streamlabs dashboard and clicking on “Alert Box” on the left-hand side.

This page is your command center when it comes to editing your alerts. From here, you can choose to edit your “General Settings”, which will affect every single alert type and/or further customize specific alert types.

Depending on the platform you choose, your alert types will differ.

Choose to edit your General Settings or specific alert types here

General Settings

General Settings apply to every alert type. You can edit the alert delay, mod approvals, profanity filters, add custom bad words, etc.

General Settings that apply to every alert

How to Customize Specific Alert Types

To customize an alert, click on the specific event type you wish to edit. In the example pictured below, we are editing alerts for new followers.

Here you can customize the layout of the alert, the image or gif that’s played, the sound, font, animation, duration, etc. Now when I receive a new follower my viewers will see a sweet gif of Obi-Wan Kenobi.

How to Add Alert Variations

Alert Variations allow you to play exclusive alerts if a viewer meets certain conditions. For example, you can play a different alert for a $10 tip vs. a $5 or $1.

Let’s say you would like a special alert to play when someone sends $10 or more.

  1. Click on “Open Alert Variation” and add a variation with default alert settings or your custom alert settings

2. Name your new variation. In this case, we’ll call it “Donations greater than $10.”

3. Set the correct condition so that tips over $10 trigger a different alert. Remember, each alert type will have different conditions. We recommend getting familiar with each alert type and the conditions available for each one.

Now when someone tips $10 or more, my viewers will see a sweet picture of my dog.

Gordon in all of his glory

Now your alerts should be set up and ready for your first live stream. If you have any questions or comments, please let us know. Remember to follow us on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, and YouTube.

Remember, on-screen alerts are often your viewer’s first impression. We recommend spending time to make them unique and memorable.


If you have any questions or comments, please let us know. Remember to follow us on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, and YouTube.

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