Lightstream and Elgato fire at Streamlabs to copy their homework

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The live streaming service Streamlabs was caught by the hand in the cake tin. Lightstream, a competitor to Streamlabs in the live streaming industry, took to Twitter with a meme to point out what Streamlabs’ new Streamlabs Studio site looks like compared to Lightstream’s own.

Console streaming has historically had issues. Some companies block recordings as they occur if you use the internal tools on a PlayStation or Xbox. Other developers try to prevent streaming completely. On top of that, console streamers have limited options for designing their layout. Professional streaming has often required a capture card to get around these restrictions.


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Lightstream offers a browser-based streaming solution. Its subscription-based service lets streamers design a layout in their browser. They can then stream from their consoles or PC through it, to live streaming sites.

Streamlabs is best known for their free streaming software Streamlabs OBS. The software allows live streamers to configure and customize their streams, as well as display visual alerts for notifications. Streaming from a console to Streamlabs OBS has mostly required a capture card. The new Streamlabs Studio offers similar functionality as Lightstream offers, eliminating the need for additional hardware. It is currently exclusive to Xbox. Streamlabs Studio is also subscription based.

Elgato participated in the Twitter thread with a meme of its own.

Elgato's response tweet to Lightstream.

Above: Elgato’s reply tweet to Lightstream.

The creators of the popular live streaming tool Stream Deck put together a gif to point out that Streamlabs has done this before. Streamlabs launched an app called Streamlabs Deck in 2018, a year after Elgato launched Stream Deck. Its tweet showed that Streamlab’s website called its app Stream Deck; the name of Elgato’s product.

Streamlabs responded directly to the Twitter thread also with an apology.

“We made a mistake. Text on the landing page was placeholder text that went into production by mistake. It’s our fault. We removed the text as soon as we found out. Our intended version is now live. The Lightstream team is great, and we have contacted them directly to apologize. “

While this kind of thing is usually not illegal or even worthy of a civil lawsuit, it is a bad look and something Streamlabs should avoid as it works with people producing original content.


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