Improving Your Life Streaming Experience with StreamlabsIt is hard to imagine the life of any serious game streamer without Streamlabs – one of the most popular third-party applications on Twitch and, since recently, YouTube. For now, Streamlabs is used by 78% of the top streamers on Twitch and YouTube. The service presents multiple tools for live streamers ranging from notification system to different chat widgets. Streamlabs does all dirty work for streamers allowing them to concentrate on the game and chat interaction. As stated on Streamlabs official website, “you focus on streaming, we’ll handle the rest.”
Most Popular Streamlabs FeaturesStreamlabs folks are attentive to community feedbacks and strive to improve the system regularly launching new features and updates. Streamlabs allows you to make your stream more attractive and professional-looking. Below we list the most popular widgets already available on Streamlabs:
- Alerts Box Widget
- Donation Goals Widget
- My Wishlist Items Widget
- Labels to Scenes Widget
Streamlabs Features under Development
- Chat Box that will allow you to include your chat into the stream and make it look pretty
- Event List to let you include your channel’s most recent events into your stream
- Combination of YouTube and Twitch chat alerts for those who want to simultaneously broadcast on Twitch and YouTube
- Addition of Hitbox and Beam alerts for streamers using Restream service for multiple locations
- Merging Twitch and YouTube accounts’ donation settings
- Custom HTML/CSS for alerts
- TeeSpring integration for T-shirts: this will allow Twitch partnered steamers to see when and who bought a T-shirt from the campaign
- Alert Themes that will let you have multiple themes of alerts (for example, having League of Legends alert theme or Christmas alert theme)
- 3rd party integrations with such tools as Discord, Gamewisp built into all Streamlabs widgets: this innovation will allow streamers to add only one Streamlabs widget without the need to download multiple widgets to OBS
Frequently Asked Question about Streamlabs
Where’s the Catch or How Does Streamlabs Make Its Living?If Streamlabs service is absolutely free for broadcasters, so how does Streamlabs profit? Is there any hidden fees? The answer is simple: money comes from viewers. Every viewer can go PRO to have access to a set of exclusive features named Name Effects. With PRO subscription, a user can customize effects showing up on the name in every follow, tip, sub and resub alert he/she related to. The advanced subscription is available for $2 per month ($24 annually). As it officially stated, subscription money helps to support the broadcasters and continue improving existing service. One must admit that $2 is a reasonable monthly charge, but all together these small payments constitute good profit.
How to Install Streamlabs’ Widgets?Streamlabs is very easy to install. You don’t have to create a new account, just login with Twitch or YouTube from Streamlabs site. To be able to use all Streamlabs features you should download a live streaming software, such as OBS Studio (recommendable). Then, add your browser URL of a chosen widget page, test the alert, make a preview of your stream and go live. Watch more detailed instructions in the video below:
Are the Any Donations’ Limits?You can donate any amount you’d like. But, be aware that sums over $100M can’t be made without third-party processors, such as PayPal, Skrill, etc.
Which Platforms Does Streamlabs Support?At the moment, Streamlabs service is available for Twitch and YouTube users. But, Hitbox, Facebook and Beam.pro are going to appear in the list soon.
When A Streamer Receives a Tip, Does He/She Receive the Whole Amount?Yeas, all 100% of tips go to streamer. The money is processed through PayPal directly to a receiver. In case you have some unclear issues with received tips, address your problem to PayPal.
Is It Possible to Use Streamlabs from Console?Unfortunately, it is not possible to embed widgets to console at the moment. To use Streamlabs, you should play games from your computer with previously installed OBS or XSplit software.
Are There Any Alternatives to Streamlabs?In spite of being a leading all-in-one platform, Streamlabs has strong competitors. We list here some of them. Maybe, you will find them useful.
TakeawaysStreamlabs as well as the listed alternatives provide almost similar set of tools to make your streaming channel more pretty and your streaming experience more comfortable. They all allow you to display on screen events when someone follows, subscribes to, tips or hosts your stream. In essence, they are a perfect way to show “thank you” to your viewers that are supporting you. Although Streamlabs is acknowledged successor of Twitch Alerts, you may try other services to find the one that most closely matches your needs.