Stolen Twitch source code, creator payment data revealed in apparent data leak

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Oct 6, 2021 | CYBERSCOOP

Source code underpinning the live streaming service Twitch has reportedly leaked, exposing information about some company plans and payment from popular accounts on the service.

Twitch, a subsidiary of Amazon, is a popular service that broadcasts esports, live music and other events to audiences that have numbered millions at a time.

An user of the message board 4chan — home to and trolls alike — posted a 125-gigabyte torrent file that they allege includes all of Twitch’s code, including information about internal , three years of payment history to Twitch “creators” and data related to proprietary . The poster hinted that more details would be forthcoming, with the stated goal of “foster[ing] more user disruption and competition in the online video streaming ,” as the Video Game Chronicle first reported on Wednesday.

Twitch did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

Twitch streamers earn revenue from a variety of methods, from enlisting followers in paid subscriptions and earning sponsorships from video game brands to generating advertising revenue from the company itself. The high-profile nature of their work — the most popular accounts have more than

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