Reported Twitch Leak Includes Creator Payouts

The leak also reveals Twitch’s source code

An anonymous hacker on Wednesday posted a 125GB torrent link to 4chan, reportedly including creator payouts, Twitch’s source code, and an unreleased Steam competitor from Amazon Game Studios.

The leak originally was posted to 4chan and has been confirmed to house several pieces of information, according to VideoGamesChronicle (VGC). At 125GB, the leak includes a myriad of information, including creator payout reports from 2019 onward, and the entirety of Twitch’s source code, including comment history from the early days of the website.

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The leak also is confirmed to include the code for mobile, desktop, and console Twitch clients, as well as SDKs and internal AWS services used by Twitch. VGC also says the leak includes code for Vapor, a steam competitor from Amazon Game Studios, info on every property Twitch owns, like IGDB and CurseForge, and finally, internal tools that let Twitch staff pretend to be hackers to help improve security. 

The leak contains a lot of information, though, and users are still combing through it, so it's unclear just how much data is involved at this exact moment. The hacker has said this is just the first part of the content due to be leaked, but hasn't indicated how or when they will release more data. We've reached out to Twitch about the leak and will update with any response we receive.

The hack comes after Twitch has come under fire from both creators and users for not taking enough action against problematic members of the community—including some who have been behind the recent hate raids. The hacker says the move was made to foster more competition in online video streaming, because the Twitch community is a "disgusting toxic cesspool." 

Many users already have recommended changing your Twitch password and enabling two-factor authentication to avoid account loss, should the current or future leaks include user information.

At the time of publishing, Twitch has yet to release any official statement or alert its users to the leak.

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