OBS And Streamlabs Agreement

Amiel Rose Andres - December 25, 2021
OBS And Streamlabs Agreement

After announcing the introduction of its web-based broadcasting studio Streamlabs Studio last month, top live streaming software and tools provider Streamlabs was accused of plagiarizing promotional photos, formatting, reviews, and even certain important features of another platform.

Former employees and other companies in the streaming space responded to concerns about the glaring similarities between the two programs and marketing by highlighting instances of unethical behavior by Streamlabs, including allegations from the Open Broadcaster Software (OBS) team, which works on and maintains the open-source platform.

More than a month after the initial backlash and Streamlabs’ disappearance from all social media, the OBS team provided an update on its side of the controversy today, with Hugh “Jim” Bailey, one of OBS’ most prominent developers, stating that ongoing discussions between the Streamlabs and OBS teams have taken place over the last several weeks.

According to an OBS post, the focus of these discussions was on creating trust and partnership through open conversation, which resulted in both parties agreeing on a strategy for moving forward.

Jim said; “Both of our teams have a shared mission to support streamers, and the industry is better when we can all work together. We are happy to have Streamlabs support the project in the long-term so we can continue to build tools for the community. We would like to thank the team at Streamlabs for listening and taking immediate action to resolve the issues that led to the current situation. While past actions cannot be changed, we look forward to a fresh start.”

In a statement on November 17th, Streamlabs stated that it will immediately begin efforts to remove the OBS portion of its platform’s branding, which has mainly been achieved, as the program is now known as Streamlabs Desktop.

Streamlabs commended the OBS team for their open talks and hard work today in its first tweet since November 17th, repeating that the platform’s mission has always been to “serve creators.”

Despite this, many individuals remain wary about the situation, wondering what Streamlabs would do to demonstrate that it is actually interested in serving creators. We’ll have to wait for more information from the OBS or Streamlabs teams to see how this scenario is resolved and how the platform as a whole recovers.

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