On the first Wednesday of October, there was a user who posted a torrent link on 4chan that is reported to contain data related to Twitch, the most popular game streaming platform as of the moment. The leak includes the source code for the Amazon-owned streaming platform and a file on how much the top 100 streamers of the website have been paid in two years.
Initially, many suspected that this was not legitimate but Twitch itself has already confirmed that there was a breach that might have taken place as early as Monday of this week. The platform sent out a tweet regarding the issue and said, “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.”
According to the post pertaining to the file with the leak, the purpose of the hack is to “foster more disruption and competition in the online video streaming space”. It also labeled Twitch’s community as a “disgusting toxic cesspool”. The leak came just a month after a bunch of streamers has called to boycott the platform for 24 hours because of hate raids.
People Are Surprised About How Much Streamers are Making
While the leak has different information exposed about the platform, what many talked about is the list of the Top 100 streamers on the platform and how much they were paid from August 2019 to October 2021.
KnowNothingTV was one of the Twitter profiles that reposted these numbers and according to the page, the amount posted is just the Twitch earnings alone. KnowNothingTV tweeted, “It’s worth reiterating that these totals represent just a fraction of what streamers earn. Donors, merch, youtube revenue, and sponsorships are all unaccounted for here. Streamers can pull in over a million a month just from gambling sponsorships alone.”
Indeed, gambling is a hot category on Twitch at the moment. Creators would stream their gameplays and promote gambling sites for eSports real money betting and casino gaming. Some of the Twitch streamers with a large following who have partnered up with casinos are Roshtein, FaZeBanks, and Yassuo.
Here’s a list of the top 20 streamers on the platform and their total payout for the said period that are rounded up (USD).
• Critical Role – 9.6 million
• xQcOW – 8.5 million
• summit1g – 5.8 million
• Tfue – 5.3 million
• NICKMERCS – 5.1 million
• Ludwig – 3.3 million
• TimTheTatman – 3.3 million
• Altoar – 3.1 million
• Auronplay – 3.1 million
• LIRIK – 3 million
• _unknown_ – 2.9 million
• Gaules – 2.8 million
• HasanAbi – 2.8 million
• Asmongold – 2.6 million
• Loltyler1 – 2.5 million
• RanbooLive – 2.4 million
• MontanaBlack88 – 2.4 million
• Ibai – 2.3 million
• Castro_1021 – 2.3 million
• MOONMOON – 2.3 million
Some popular names that are also part of the list are Shroud who reportedly has earned over $2 million. Sykkuno also earned around the same and Pokimane at around $1.5 million. Ninja and Amouranth are said to have earned around $1.3 million each.
What Else Was Hacked
Aside from how much these streamers were paid, there was also a source code for Twitch going back years. It concerns the unannounced digital game storefront that is meant to go against gaming companies like Steam. The source code unveiled a game called Vapeworld based on Amazon’s unreleased platform called Vapor.
The leak also has years of financial records of Twitch streamers and software development kits for various Twitch apps and adjacent software. The leaker has stated that whatever was posted earlier this week is just the first part of the content that they will be leaking. However, no other details are stated about what they are planning to further leak and when it will be.
This is going down in the history as one of the biggest leaks to be ever seen. It has garnered a lot of reactions from people not only on the platform itself but outside too. Twitch has released a statement about the hate raids that are happening through a Twitter thread.
“No one should have to experience malicious and hateful attacks based on who they are or what they stand for. This is not the community we want on Twitch, and we want you to know we are working hard to make Twitch a safer place for creators.
“We’ve seen a lot of conversation about botting, hate raids, and other forms of harassment targeting marginalized creators. You’re asking us to do better, and we know we need to do more to address these issues. That includes an open and ongoing dialogue about creator safety.
“Thank you to everyone who shared these difficult experiences. We were able to identify a vulnerability in our proactive filters, and have rolled out an update to close this gap and better detect hate speech in chat. We’ll keep updating this to address emerging issues.
“We’re launching channel-level ban evasion detection and account verification improvements later this year. We’re working hard to launch these tools as soon as possible. Our work is never done, and your input is essential as we try to build a safer Twitch. We’ll be reaching out to community members to learn more about their experiences, and encourage you to share feedback.”