Update: Twitch has now commented publicly on the matter through its social channels, and says that the entire thing is under investigation.
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
Twitch has suffered a leak of over 120GB of data regarding the stream service’s source code, as well as data on its payouts for users and other personal information.
The leak itself was originally reported by VGC after it was posted to 4chan this morning, and the data found therein has begun spreading on social media platforms like Twitter. In a report by BBC, Fortnite streamer BBG Calc, as well as two other anonymous sources, confirmed the numbers in the leak were accurate.
Twitch has just had a major leak of a lot of stuff including their monthly payouts to streamers.
Here are some of the notables (note: this total is just their payout directly from twitch, so it doesn't include donations, sponsors, merch, etc.) pic.twitter.com/wDG0JkJuCx
— KnowSomething (@KnowS0mething) October 6, 2021
The leak has more than just payout information, however, as the hacker claims it contains Twitch’s extensive source code and comment history “going back to its early beginnings.” Also among the files are references to a service codenamed Vapor, which was meant to be a PC game service ala Steam from Amazon. Some folks who have been going through the data have also said encrypted passwords are found within the leaked documents, so If you have a Twitch account, it would be best for you to change your password and enable two-factor authentication to protect yourself.
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Despite this all having been online for several hours as of this writing, Twitch has yet to publicly comment on the leak. Fanbyte has reached out for comment, but we have yet to hear back from the company at this time. We’ll update the story should a Twitch representative get back to us, or release a public statement by other means.