Twitch: Comprehensive leak reveals source code, streamer revenue and plans for Steam competitors "Vapor"



The streaming service Twitch has confirmed on its Twitter appearance that intruders have gained access to various data of the company: “Our teams are working hard to understand the scope of this. We will give the community an update as soon as we have additional Have information. Thank you for your patience. “

We can confirm a breach has taken place. Our teams are working with urgency to understand the extent of this. We will update the community as soon as additional information is available. Thank you for bearing with us.

— Twitch (@Twitch) October 6, 2021

PCGamer.com explains that the source code for the site, various unannounced projects, income from streamers and much more have been leaked to the public. It is not known whether Twitch had previously been subjected to extortionate demands. A surprising finding from the data leak is that Amazon subsidiary Twitch is working on a competitor to Steam. Ironically, this bears the code name “Vapor” or “Vapor”, which also means “steam” (or could also be understood as a humorous allusion to the term “vaporware”).

The first of two apparently stolen data packets has already been published, comprised 128 gigabytes and, for example, revealed the income of some well-known streamers. The dataminer “Sinoc” quoted by the magazine speculated on Twitterthat the “Vapor” project should integrate most of the Twitch features into a Steam-like service (with a store). In addition, there would be “game-specific support” for titles such as Fortnite or PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds. The Unity code for a game called “Vaporworld” could compete with the social app “VR Chat”, according to “Sinoc”. Discovered elements from the app are, among other things, a three-dimensional one Bob Ross chat emote as well as a Hearthstone card.

As early as 2017 – three years after Amazon’s Twitch takeover, a patent described a corresponding UI for “ordering, buying or otherwise acquiring a demo or a complete game” – in connection with “joining from a viewer system”. The patented software also contains a viewer UI that is suitable for “watching broadcast streams, joining live game sessions and starting new game sessions”.