Twitch hack references to an unreleased Steam competitor

Sources claim streaming service Twitch was hacked, putting out its source code to the world in a major leak. A 125GB torrent which contained the whole commit history of Twitch was reportedly released, sending the entirety of the Internet into a frenzy.

An anonymous poster hints “fostering more disruption and competition in the online video streaming space”. Video Games Chronicle was the first to post about this leak, which confirmed it as a legitimate one.

This leaked torrent was a really interesting one, drawing the attention of all. It spilled the tea about the site’s most earning streamers, with the top streamers earning up to a whooping $9.6 million between the time period of August 2019 and September 2019.

The leak includes the following:

  • 3 years worth of details regarding creator payouts on Twitch.

  • The entirety of, “with commit history going back to its early beginnings.”

  • Source code for the mobile, desktop, and video game console Twitch clients.

  • Code related to proprietary SDKs and internal AWS services used by Twitch.

  • An unreleased Steam competitor from Amazon Game Studios.

  • Data on other Twitch properties like IGDB and CurseForge.

  • Twitch’s internal security tools.

(via The Verge )

The hacker, while posting the leak, alleges that their intention was that the community was a “disgusting toxic cesspool”, which most probably alludes to the bots spamming comments with threats.

Rewinding the tape to summer, Twitch announced that they were working on fixing this. However, turns out this must not have been foreseen by them.

The hacker has said their motivation was to disrupt the space because “their community is a disgusting toxic cesspool.” This is likely in relation to so-called “hate raids,” where bots are used to flood the comments of streamers with personal attacks.

Twitch said back in the summer that the company was working hard to address this, but many are unhappy about the lack of results.