A huge data breach at Twitch has seen the site’s source code, several unannounced projects, and the incomes of contributors are also leaked, among much more. There are some shocking revelations: such as that Twitch is making a Steam competitor. But the fallout from such a huge and severe leak of information will not settle for a long time.
In its first public statement since the incident, Twitch says: “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.”
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.October 6, 2021
The first news about the leak, claims to only be part one of two, consisted of 128GB of data. The first things picked out were of course the earnings of high-profile streamers and the more exciting-looking unannounced projects. But now the question ‘how safe is your data with Twitch’ has been answered in the worst possible way.
Twitch continues to enjoy huge success, but this year was already a bad one for the streaming giant’s reputation. A new phenomenon of hate raids began in early 2021 and the platform was flat-footed in response, leading to the #ADayoffTwitch protest and a significant-albeit-temporary drop in viewership.
All of those problems plus today’s leak makes 2021 is a big problem for Twitch, and we’ve still got four months to go. The safety of this platform, its primary ability to protect its users, has been entirely exposed. The source code is out there. Who knows what else remains to come out. Twitch has to answer some of the most important questions.