A data breach affecting Twitch exposed the streaming giant’s source code, creator payments over the past three years, and a potential Steam competitor from Twitch’s parent company. Amazon.
We can confirm a breach has occurred. Our teams are working urgently to understand the extent of this. We will update the community as soon as more information becomes available. Thank you for bringing with us.
& mdash; Twitch (@Twitch) October 6, 2021
Twitch confirmed the leak on Twitter, shortly after the news broke. “We can confirm that a breach occurred,” Twitch wrote. “Our teams are working urgently to understand the extent of this. We will update the community as soon as additional information becomes available. Thank you for accompanying us. “Digital Trends has reached out to the platform for further comment.
The leak, originally reported by Chronicles of video games and verified as legal by The Verge, posted on the forum website 4chan by an anonymous user. According to users, the goal of the leak was to “drive disruption and more competition in the video streaming space.” It appears that Twitch user account and password information was not included in the leak, but streamers and fans should still change their passwords.
The leak contains various documents from Twitch, including source code for all of Twitch’s console-based desktops, mobile devices, and clients, data, and information about other properties of Twitch. Twitch, internal security tools, and “an unreleased Steam competitor from Amazon Game Studios,” according to The Verge. The leak is a whopping 125 GB in size, which means all this information is actually included as possible. This may not be the end of the leak either – the leak is reportedly “part one”, implying the potential for more.
This is the latest in a string of bad PR incidents and tricks for Twitch. In September, prominent streamers took “A Day Away From Twitch” as a 24-hour boycott to protest the streaming giant’s lack of response or action to hate attacks. enemy. The company has also lost major streamers to competitor YouTube Gaming, who some say is offering more lucrative deals and contracts. These events, combined with today’s leak, don’t paint a favorable picture of Twitch’s future.