Source codes and user pay-outs were among a huge data leak from the online streaming platform Twitch.
The hacked files – by a hacker that has not yet been identified – were released on the anonymous imageboard website 4chan.
Gaming news website Video Games Chronicle state that the hack was confirmed to them by an anonymous source within Twitch.
Twitch later confirmed the leak and said in a statement: “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.”
The leak revealed the highest pay-outs on the platform; 81 streamers have been paid over $1 million more than £730,00) since the alter summer of 2019.
The leaked data includes the reports of pay-outs to users by Twitch since 2019, as well as various other pieces of confidential information including an as yet unreleased competitor to the video game distribution service Steam.
Around 150 gigabytes of information was released and the leaker claims that more information will be released in due course.
Who has earned the most from Twitch?
Skilled gamer and the popular xQcOW earned $752,467, (£553,827) with summit1g earning over $362,000, (£266,437) while the likes of shroud, Amouranth and ironmouse earned over $96,359 (£70,921), $92,949 (£68,411) and $51,948 (£38,234) respectively.
But it is the figures leaked from August 2019 that are truly remarkable.
Dungeons and Dragons role players Critical Role are reported to have had a total pay-out of $9,626,712.
The top 10 are:
Critical Role – $9,626,712
- xQcOW – $8,454,427
- summit1g – $5,847,541
- Tfue – $5,295,582
- NICKMERCS $5,096,642
- ludwig – $3,290,777
- TimTheTatman – $3,290,133
- Altoar – $3,053,839
- auronplay – $3,053,341
- LIRIK – $2,984,653
Gaming streams have become big business.
In 2020, a report by Juniper Research estimated the growth of the gaming industry over the coming years will grow from an estimated $155 billion in 2020, to over $200 billion in 2023.
The global eSports and games streaming industry will reportedly be worth $3.5 billion by 2025, rising from $2.1 billion in 2021.
Twitch, which operates as a subsidiary of Amazon, is estimated to have a net worth of $5 billion, according to The Wealth Record.