Twitch leak reveals Steam competitor called Vapor

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Twitch, the video game-centric live streaming platform, has suffered a data breach so massive it can only be described as disastrous. Along with information pertaining to top streamer subscriber numbers and income, apparently Twitch is or has been working on a competitor to Steam called Vapor. 

Per our sister-site PC Gamer, the name of the platform is likely a cheeky codename as it's unlikely Twitch would so closely mimic Steam's name. Vapor would not only compete with Steam and the Epic Games Store but also integrate Twitch-centric features for popular titles such as Fortnite and PUBG.

Twitch's official Twitter account confirmed today (Oct. 6) that "a breach has taken place" but did not confirm the nature or extent of the stolen data. 

Unfortunately, there's little other information to go on so far. At this moment, we can't even say if Vapor will ever materialize. 

What we do know, apart from in-game integration with Twitch, is that there was code for a game called Vapeworld. It doesn't seem to be a vape-shop simulator. Instead, it may be an open-world metaverse-type platform similar to VRChat, an existing game in which users can create avatars and hang out with other people in virtual reality.

Interestingly, Vapeworld also included some familiar, if curious assets. There were 3D emotes of painter Bob Ross, cards from the game Hearthstone and other 3D models we can't make full sense of. 

Apart from Vape world, it's interesting to see the purported earnings of some of Twitch's biggest stars. If the leaked files are real, then streamers like Félix "xQc" Lengyel brought in over $8.4 million, before taxes. Ludwig Ahgren, another top streamer who recently surpassed Tyler "Ninja" Blevins' in most paid subscribers, brought in $3.2 million. 

It's uncertain which years these earnings reflect. The pseudonymous hacker who posted a link to a torrent containing the stolen data said that the financial records went back to 2019.

With about 125GB of data available, gamers and security researchers — and perhaps Twitch's competitors — may be poring over every document. It will take some time before all the information comes to light. But we'll continue keeping an eye out for anything major. 

Imad Khan

Imad is currently Senior Google and Internet Culture reporter for CNET, but until recently was News Editor at Tom's Guide. Hailing from Texas, Imad started his journalism career in 2013 and has amassed bylines with the New York Times, the Washington Post, ESPN, Wired and Men's Health Magazine, among others. Outside of work, you can find him sitting blankly in front of a Word document trying desperately to write the first pages of a new book.