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Streamlabs (formerly TwitchAlerts) is a California-based software company founded in 2014. The company primarily distributes livestreaming software. Streamlabs was acquired by Logitech in 2019.[1]

Overview[edit]

Streamlabs was founded in 2014 as TwitchAlerts, an Open Broadcaster Software-based software that allowed live streamers to add visual alerts on the screen that were triggered by viewer interaction such as new followers, subscribers, and donations.[2] TwitchAlerts was later renamed to Streamlabs in 2019 while changing the name of their livestreaming software from Streamlabs OBS to Streamlabs in late 2021. Both re-brands were due to having no affiliation with their namesake. Streamlabs also produces CrossClip, a video converter; Melon, a podcast streaming service; Oslo, a video editing tool, and Willow; a website builder.[3][4][5][6]

History[edit]

Streamlabs was founded in 2014 as TwitchAlerts, but changed it due to having no official affiliation with Twitch. Logitech purchased the company for $89 million on September 26, 2019.[7][8][7]

Criticism[edit]

On November 16, 2021, Streamlabs released 'Streamlabs Studio', a cloud capture software for the Xbox One, Xbox Series S, and the Xbox Series X.[9] After the release, the streaming service Lightstream accused Streamlabs of plagiarising their promotional materials, down to every marketing word and layout,[9] comparing it to plagiarized homework.[10][11] Later that same day, the OBS Studio team tweeted that Streamlabs used the name "OBS" for their products, giving the false appearance of being in partnership with them, despite OBS Studio already denying Streamlabs permission to use it upon request. The main software in question, Streamlabs OBS, had been considered a "hostile fork" (a fork which has been done without permission or consultation of the main project) of OBS by members of the libre software community prior to this controversy. OBS Studio's tweet resulted in Twitch streamers including Pokimane and Hasan Piker threatening a boycott of their product if changes were not made.[12] Other companies, such as Elgato and 1UpCoin, have also spoken up on Twitter about Streamlabs copying their products.[13][14] The company has subsequently promised to remove "OBS" from the name of its product.[15]

Products[edit]

Streamlabs Desktop (formerly Streamlabs OBS) is a free and open-source streaming software that is based on a fork of OBS and employs Electron for user interface.[16] Streamlabs distributes their user's content over platforms such as Twitch, YouTube Live, and Facebook Live.[7][17]

Crossclip is a video converter website that allows users to convert, edit and share live streaming content across multiple platforms. Crossclip formats video in the correct dimensions for TikTok, Instagram, and YouTube shorts.[18]

Willow is a link-in-bio link tool that aims to help users increase revenue and make their links more discoverable. It includes a tipping feature and allows users to tip directly on the page. [19]

Melon is a browser-based live streaming studio. Users can broadcast their live streams to Twitch, YouTube, Facebook, Linkedin, or a custom RTMP destination.[20]

Oslo is a tool for video review and collaboration. Users can upload and share projects in the cloud, and Oslo's project management and annotation tools provide ways for teams to receive and review feedback, as well as upload videos directly to YouTube. [21]

Streamlabs Charity is a free fundraising platform that assists charities in raising funds and connecting with streamers. Excluding standard processing fees, the platform takes no cut from donations, allowing everything to go to charity. [22] [23]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Marino, Andrew (8 October 2019). "Logitech CEO Bracken Darrell on acquiring live-streaming app Streamlabs". The Verge. Vox Media.
  2. ^ Perez, Sarah (2021-02-23). "Streamlabs launches a 'link in bio' website builder that includes tipping". Techcrunch. Retrieved 2021-08-05.
  3. ^ Hatmaker, Taylor (2021-07-15). "Streamlabs launches Crossclip, a new tool for sharing Twitch clips to TikTok, Instagram and YouTube". Techcrunch. Retrieved 2021-08-05.
  4. ^ Perez, Sarah (2021-02-23). "Streamlabs launches a 'link in bio' website builder that includes tipping". Techcrunch. Retrieved 2021-08-05.
  5. ^ Corden, Jez (2020-10-01). "Say hi to 'Oslo', a new and essential collaborative team video editing tool". Windows Central. Retrieved 2021-08-05.
  6. ^ Boddy, Zachary (2020-09-30). "Melon is a new service designed to make live podcasting much easier". Windows Central. Retrieved 2021-08-05.
  7. ^ a b c Ballard, John (November 3, 2019). "Logitech Is Making an $89 Million Bet on Game Streaming". Retrieved November 4, 2019.
  8. ^ Peters, Jay (September 26, 2019). "Logitech is buying Streamlabs for $89 million". Retrieved November 4, 2019.
  9. ^ a b "Streamlabs under fire from rival software owners and streamers following release of new product | Eurogamer.net". www.eurogamer.net. Retrieved 2021-11-17.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  10. ^ Lightstream [@Lightstream] (November 16, 2021). "🤡 Hey, can I copy your homework? ▽ Yeah, just change it up a bit so it's not obvious you copied. 🤡 Bet. t.co/xODY5uDZeP" (Tweet). Archived from the original on November 19, 2021. Retrieved November 21, 2021 – via Twitter.
  11. ^ "Lightstream and Elgato fire off at Streamlabs for copying their homework". VentureBeat. 2021-11-17. Retrieved 2021-11-17.
  12. ^ Michael, Cale (2021-11-17). "Pokimane, Hasan, OBS, Elgato among those who call out Streamlabs for apparent copy of Lightstream's product". MSN. Retrieved 2021-11-17.
  13. ^ Elgato [@elgato] (November 16, 2021). "@Lightstream Know that feel. t.co/lqwWxL4pY9" (Tweet). Archived from the original on November 19, 2021. Retrieved November 21, 2021 – via Twitter.
  14. ^ Warp World [@WarpWorld] (November 16, 2021). "@Lightstream They reached out to us when our startup was barely born about our Cryptocurrency donation service (t.co/3OF2ZDbnor) with a "let's collaborate to bring this to more people" tone. Only to then take everything discussed and doing it themselves as "pioneers" So, we feel this" (Tweet). Archived from the original on November 19, 2021. Retrieved November 21, 2021 – via Twitter.
  15. ^ Roth, Emma (17 November 2021). "Streamlabs will drop 'OBS' name after getting called out by open-source app". The Verge. Retrieved 18 November 2021.
  16. ^ "Streamlabs OBS V1 is Officially Here!". Streamlabs. Retrieved 2021-03-27. Electron, the desktop framework that powers our app{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  17. ^ Downing, Shane (December 14, 2018). "How these brothers run a gaming startup without sibling rivalry getting in the way". Retrieved November 4, 2019.
  18. ^ Hatmaker, Taylor (2021-07-15). "Streamlabs launches Crossclip, a new tool for sharing Twitch clips to TikTok, Instagram and YouTube". Techcrunch. Retrieved 2021-08-05.
  19. ^ Perez, Sarah (2021-02-23). "Streamlabs launches a 'link in bio' website builder that includes tipping". Techcrunch. Retrieved 2021-08-05.
  20. ^ Boddy, Zachary (2020-09-30). "Melon is a new service designed to make live podcasting much easier". Windows Central. Retrieved 2021-08-05.
  21. ^ Corden, Jez (2020-10-01). "Say hi to 'Oslo', a new and essential collaborative team video editing tool". Windows Central. Retrieved 2021-08-05.
  22. ^ May, Ethan (2019-11-25). "Streamlabs launches fundraising platform to raise millions for charities through live streaming". Streamlabs. Retrieved 2021-08-05.
  23. ^ "Start your next charity stream". Streamlabs Charity. Retrieved 2021-08-05.

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