Streamlabs OBS controversy, explained – Polygon

Streamlabs OBS, a leading business for live-streaming software application, is getting rid of the expression “OBS” from its name after dealing with criticism from numerous sources, consisting of popular banners and other business. Beginning today, the business will be referred to as “Streamlabs.”

On Tuesday, the business likewise dealt with accusations that it had actually copied its site descriptions and style from a rival called Lightstream. Streamlabs reacted to this claim from Lightstream in a public Tweet: “Text on the landing page was placeholder text that went into production by error. This is our fault. We removed the text as soon as we found out. Our intended version is now live. Lightstream team is great and we’ve reached out directly to them to apologize.”

On Wednesday, Streamlabs released a declaration stating that it would drop the “OBS” from its name which it takes “full responsibility” for its actions. (The declaration did not refer to the allegation from Lightstream.) Polygon has actually connected to both Streamlabs and Lightstream for remark however did not hear back prior to publication time.

Streamlabs’ choice to drop “OBS” from its name begins the heels of a public tweet from the initial developers of the open-source software application OBS. OBS’ tweet declares that Streamlabs connected ahead of its launch to inquire about consisting of “OBS” in its software application title. OBS asked Streamlabs not to do this, however Streamlabs did it anyhow. “We’ve tried to sort this out in private and they have been uncooperative at every turn,” the tweet from OBS stated.

For those unknown, Streamlabs OBS is a totally free open-source software application that makes streaming more easy to use. Its software application is constructed off of a various open-source software application called OBS (Open Broadcaster Software Application), which came prior to it. A method to consider it is that Streamlabs OBS is a more recent, shinier variation of OBS that is simpler to utilize. However the name wasn’t the only concern dealing with the business.

On Tuesday the company launched Streamlab Studio, a cloud-based software for streaming that allows content creators to share live gameplay without a capture card, PC, or third-party software. It also allows streamers to customize the look of their stream using their phones. It’s meant to give console players the chance to stream without needing all the fancy tech. It was announced as part of partnership with the streaming platform Twitch.

The main concern is that a similar software already exists. It’s called Lightstream, and just like Streamlab Studio, it offered creators a way to stream from their consoles and customize their streams through a mobile browser. If that wasn’t enough, the actual website for Streamlab Studio also looks very similar to Lightstream’s website for the software — which Lightstream pointed out on their official Twitter account.

This resulted in many people piling on Streamlabs and accusing the business of copying from Lightstream, both in terms of its software concept and in the actual website. That coupled with the fact that this new service would come as a premium service, with subscriptions starting at $4.99 per month or $49.99 annually, garnered criticisms as well.

Popular streamers Hasan “Hasanabi” Piker and Imane “Pokimane” Anys called the business out, with Piker threatening to “never use” Streamlabs again if the company didn’t resolve the matter. Anys similarly said that she would ask for them take her face off the platform if Streamlabs did not resolve these issues.

Jobber Wiki author Frank Long contributed to this report.