A Lesson in Integrity (and Streaming) ⚖️
One way to avoid mistakes is to draw conclusions and learn from other people’s mistakes. Last week, a streaming software provider gave a free and important lesson to anyone operating in the influencer industry. Read on and find out what it was.
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If you need to know one thing about Gen Z, it’s that they have very sensitive bullshit detectors built in. For young people, integrity and a fair approach are fundamental values that they hold in high regard. Violating these can turn into a PR nightmare for any company trying to play dirty – sometimes, even simply not playing consciously can be enough.
Last week Streamlabs, a commercial streaming software provider, learned this hard lesson themselves. The media storm began after the launch of Streamlabs’ new software named (at the time) ‘Streamlabs OBS’. This web-based streaming software aims to improve streaming on consoles. Just after the announcement, a rival company – Lightstream, exposed in a tweet how Streamlabs’ website is basically identical to theirs. This was a spark that started the fire. As the news broke, more companies started sharing their negative experiences with Streamlabs. One of them is OBS Studio, a well-known open-source streaming software. As they pointed out, Streamlabs used the terminology ‘OBS’ without OBS Studio’s permission. Former Streamlabs employees reported that people have been fired for speaking against the immoral practices of the company which included auto-subscribing users for Streamlabs’ premium service. Prominent figures in the streaming community also took a stand.
Streamlabs did not address the accusations about internal company practices. They have announced to start the process of removing ‘OBS’ from the software name. In response to Lightstream plagiarism accusations however, Streamlabs stated that the webpage has been a draft of the website with placeholder text.
Will renaming the software be enough? Many streaming scene insiders are quite skeptical about it. To clear its name, Streamlabs will need to show the community that they have made fundamental changes in its approach towards rival companies and employees alike. Pokimane already warned Streamlabs that if these matters will not be addressed, she will request to remove all the materials including her image from Streamlabs website. And if there’s one thing a company dealing in the influencer ecosystem cannot afford, it’s losing a face.
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Pokimane to cut ties with Streamlabs after company uses images of her without permission
Just days after Pokimane slammed Streamlabs for allegedly copying work from competitors, she announced she’s had the company remove images of her from their website—some of which she claims were used without her permission.
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