Twitch is the largest streaming platform on the entire internet, and as such, it's a platform that makes a huge amount of money annually, and just like it, many of the content creators on it also make exorbitant amounts of money each year streaming video games or simply chatting.
Despite knowing this, the official figures of how many Twitch Streamers earn annually not public information to, of course, not expose them but, despite this, that reality came to change a few days ago.
This happened as an anonymous hacker managed to hack the platform giant and steal its source code, thus exposing the annual bitcoin and subscription earnings that thousands of streamers make annually, which is shocking many for the amounts are quite high for people who only stream part of their daily lives.
As first reported by VGC , the anonymous hacker obtained 125 GB of information and published it to "promote further disruption and competition in the platform's streaming space," describing the Twitch community as "a toxic and disgusting platform."
Among the information is, as I mentioned, the full Twitch source code, as well as details about a very rich platform. This is supposedly Amazon's attempt to build a rival platform to Valve's Steam as a place to house Amazon Game Studios titles, like the recently released New World.
However, the most interesting data from this leak revolves around the main streamers of Twitch because it reveals how much they earn in a year with subscriptions and bits and, as I've said numerous times, they earn very well, not counting donations and sponsorships.
Twitter user "KnowSomething" made a compilation and this reveals that in one month alone it is possible for streamers like the famous Canadian xQcOW to make over $750,000 and in just one year over $8 million, very large amounts for someone who spends the day in the chair playing video games.
Following this unfortunate attack, digital streaming platform Twitch says it is working to figure out how big the damage caused by the attack was and who was responsible for it. A longer statement issued 24 hours after the initial reports gives more details on how the data theft happened and states that the personal information of the platform's users was not exposed in any way.