Last month, the leading provider of live streaming software and tools, Streamlabs, was accused of copying promotional images, formatting, reviews and even some key features from another platform after announcing the launch of the web-based broadcasting studio Streamlabs Studio.
When concerns emerged about the apparent similarities between the two programs and the marketing, former employees and other streaming companies subsequently pointed out cases of unethical practices by Streamlabs, including allegations by the Open Broadcaster Software (OBS) team working on them maintains the open source platform.
Now, more than a month after the initial backlash and the silence from Streamlabs on all social media, the OBS team today released an update on their part of the controversy, with one of OBS’s most prominent developers Hugh “Jim” Bailey noting that There have been discussions between the Streamlabs and OBS teams over the past few weeks.
The focus of these discussions was the building of trust and partnership through transparent discussions, see above to a post of OBS, which resulted in both sides agreeing on a plan to move forward.
“Our teams have a shared mission to help streamers and the industry is better when we can all work together,” said Jim. “We are pleased that Streamlabs is supporting the project in the long term so that we can continue to develop tools for the community. We’d like to thank the team at Streamlabs for listening and taking immediate action to resolve the issues that led to the current situation. Even if past measures cannot be changed, we look forward to a fresh start. “
Streamlabs already indicated in a November 17th statement, most of which has been completed as the program is now called Streamlabs Desktop, that it will immediately begin removing the OBS portion of its platform’s branding.
In its first post on Twitter since November 17th, Streamlabs thanked the OBS team for their open discussions and hard work today, reiterating that the goal of the platform has always been to “serve the creators”.
Even so, many people are still very skeptical of the situation and ask what Streamlabs is willing to do to prove that it is really trying to serve YouTubers. We will have to wait for more updates from the OBS or Streamlabs team to see how this situation will be addressed and how Streamlabs will recover as a platform.