Hackers hacked Twitch.tv, gutted all the local code, encrypted passwords, stuffing of mobile and desktop clients of the service, SDK, streamer salary reports and other little things of local life, then leaked their loot into the network. The hacking trophies have already spread across hard drives, flash drives and cloud storage for everyone. A total of 126GB of data leaked to the Internet (including the content of more than 6,000 internal storage on Github) related to the video service. Moreover, the hackers claim that they have published only the “first part” of the obtained data. Neither Twitch nor its owners Amazon have so far officially reacted to the internal disaster in any way, only admitted that it happened.
Let’s assume that the information and code merged as a result of the hack are genuine. What does this mean for us? First of all, you need to change all passwords associated with Twitch.tv. Login code, streamer keys, Twitch accounts from Steam, Epic Games Store and all-all-all other third-party companies, do something with your bank cards, then put two-factor authentication everywhere and everywhere and pray that nothing terrible happens not with your profile, not with game libraries, not with money.
What does this mean for Twitch and the streaming world in general? If there is any real sense from the leaked code, then the hackers have opened a real Pandora’s box.
Let’s start with a relatively small one – the public is now aware of the absolute values and dynamics of streamer salaries. Now, third-party analyst offices, potential competitors of Twitch, content producers and all other people involved in the process will be able to calculate much more accurately how much money is going and where, where and how much it comes from, and most importantly, what expenses and profits can now be realistically counted on. Data – a wagon, all salaries of all streamers, from 2019 to today.
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Some Twitch stars, however, have already called their own and others’ paychecks fake. So, one of the top streamers Sodapoppin on his personal twitter was outraged by his 42nd place in the “overall standings” and said that he refused to believe the data that appeared on the network.
Most streamers, however, prefer not to argue with the published numbers and just give their comments. Many top Twitch gamers simply took the opportunity to openly talk and show how volatile their earnings can be. It also turned out that many streamers receive significantly less money than the public had previously assumed.
Leaking the internal code of all elements of Twitch potentially entails the emergence of new competing services, much better prepared for a real fight for an audience.This is wonderful.
However, that there are newcomers. I’m sure YouTube, Facebook, and multiple Asian services are taking their lessons from Twitch data right now. Competition must intensify even if no new players enter the market.
As a cherry on top, we now know that Twitch / Amazon are developing their digital store a la Steam. With the telling name Vapor, hehe.
We’ll see what will grow out of this epic hack, await statements from Twitch and findings from those who like digging into third-party code ..