The Streamlabs Backlash Explained

In this week's newsletter, we cover the recent accusations of plagiarism and unethical business practices against Streamlabs and provide a step-by-step guide for creators looking to switch from Streamlabs to OBS Studio.


November 25, 2021

Welcome to Stream Report, a newsletter from Gaming Careers covering important news and updates in streaming and content creation.

Streamlabs Accused of Plagiarism and 'Unethical' Business Practices

If you missed all the details of the Streamlabs situation, here’s a summary:

  1. Streamlabs announced Streamlabs Studio in partnership with Twitch. A way to add alerts, overlays, and widgets to Xbox streams without needing a PC or capture card.
  2. Lightstream (a company that built a very similar tool years ago) shared screenshots showing that Streamlabs had directly copied their entire homepage, pretty much word for word.
  3. The OBS team shared a series of tweets explaining that they had asked Streamlabs not to use the name “OBS” when they forked the software to create Streamlabs OBS. Unfortunately, their requests were ignored and instead, Streamlabs followed up by filing a trademark.
  4. It turned out, a large proportion of the streaming community wrongfully thought that Streamlabs OBS was a collaboration between the OBS team and Streamlabs.
  5. Ex-employees of Streamlabs started to share experiences of colleagues being reprimanded/fired for speaking up against unethical business practices.

If you want to see a more detailed breakdown of everything that happened, Ben and I discussed it in great detail in this week’s live podcast.

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How To SWITCH From Streamlabs to OBS Studio

Based on this news, a lot of creators have been looking to move away from using Streamlabs as their streaming software and alerts/donations provider.

To help those that are looking to switch, I’ve put together a step-by-step guide of exactly how you can easily switch everything over to using OBS Studio and StreamElements instead.

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The founder of Gaming Careers with a borderline unhealthy obsession for cameras, microphones, and all things streaming. He gets mistaken for Stephen Merchant at least 5 times a day.


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