Twitch source code leaked and it reveals “a disgusting toxic cesspool”

October 28, 2021

The hacker showed that only a select few gamers make mega-bucks from the platform.

Twitch has been one of the most used streaming platforms by gamers who want to showcase themselves doing their thing to fans. Now, the platform is involved in a scandal after a hacker dumped its source code on the forum website, 4chan.

The anonymous hacker released 125 GB worth of files which not only contain the source code of Twitch, but also the income reports of some of the users on the platform.

“Jeff Bezos paid $970 million for this, we’re giving it away FOR FREE,” wrote the user. “Their community is also a disgusting toxic cesspool, so to foster more disruption and competition in the online video streaming space, we have completely pwned them,” they added.

The data leak is quite a big deal, because it reveals the very technology that makes Twitch work in the way that it does. The fear is that a competitor might end up using the code to gain an advantage over the company.

The hacker’s main motive to expose Twitch seems to lie in the fact that only 81 gamers on the platform are really earning megabucks. These 81 users have earned more than $1 million dollars alone. Twitch currently has more than 140 million active users.

Others, however, argue that the leak is downright unacceptable and can cause massive damage to an innocent company.

“Anytime source code gets leaked it’s not good and potentially disastrous,” says Ekram Ahmed, spokesperson at security firm Check Point. “It opens a gigantic door for evildoers to find cracks in the system, lace malware, and potentially steal sensitive information.”