Streamlabs under fire from rival software owners and streamers after release of new product • Eurogamer.net

Streamlabs yesterday announced the release of Streamlabs Studio, a new product that brings web-based Twitch streaming to the Xbox and uses cloud capture to eliminate the need for capture cards.

Now it has been accused of plagiarism from rival companies. Top streamers, including Pokimane, have also chimed in and threatened to move to other services.

Lightstream is a web-based streaming studio that similarly allows console streaming without a capture card. The company’s Twitter account shared a photo of their website with that of Streamlabs Studio and said “Hey, may I copy your homework?”.

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The image shows the two websites side by side with almost identical layouts, copy and even quotes from users.

StuV2, CEO of Lightstream, shared the tweet. “The team at @streamlabs should be ashamed. Not happy enough to run on @OBSProject’s hard work. Now we need to copy our down to the layout and every word on our marketing page and our UX into this product,” he said.

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This tweet was later shared by OBS, the provider of open source video recording and live streaming software. While OBS came first, Streamlabs took the name of their most important Streamlabs OBS product (SLOBS).

“Near the launch of SLOBS, @streamlabs contacted us to use the OBS name. We kindly asked them not to. They did so anyway and followed up by submitting a trademark,” reads the OBS tweet.

“We have tried to arrange this privately, and they have been uncooperative at all times.”

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The thread goes on to explain how many users and companies confuse OBS and Streamlabs OBS and think they are the same app because of the name.

“Legally, they have obeyed the terms of the GPL, but they have repeatedly ignored the spirit of open source and giving back,” OBS said.

Elgato, a provider of streamer hardware including the Stream Deck app, also came up with a tweet that said “know that feeling”. Streamlabs Studio allows users to control their stream from their phone, just like Elgato’s Stream Deck.

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In the wake of this, streamers have threatened to move from Streamlabs to OBS.

Pokimane, one of the most popular creators on Twitch, is one such streamer. “Streamlabs better solve this whole thread of problems, or I’ll ask them to take my face off the platform and look to use another donation service,” she wrote on Twitter.

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It appears that her face has already been removed from Streamlab’s website.

HasanAbi, another popular streamer, also expressed his opinion: “I will never use @streamlabs again if they do not resolve this issue immediately.”

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Eurogamer has contacted Streamlabs for a comment.

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