Twitch leak exposes sensitive information and earnings

Today: Pokémon theme park experiences could be coming to Japan — Critics deliver verdicts on Metroid Dread — Animal Crossing Direct airing later on this month

Hacker leak exposes sensitive information from Twitch

Smartphone with Twitch logo

Amazon's streaming platform Twitch has been compromised by a hacker, who has posted a 125GB torrent of the whole site and its data (minus videos) on 4Chan.

An anonymous source at Twitch claims the contents of the archive are the real deal, and the hacker claims to be motivated by a desire to “foster more disruption and competition” because Twitch is a “disgusting toxic cesspool.” The data is believed to represent the site as of Monday 4th of October.

What leaked?

  • Twitch source code including comment history
  • Mobile, desktop and console clients
  • Proprietary SDKs and internal AWS services
  • “Every other property that Twitch owns”

Passwords: Dataminers sifting through the 125GB archive have found encrypted passwords, so it might be a good idea to change yours and perhaps opt into two-factor authentication, although Twitch claims there's "no indication that login credentials have been exposed"

Big breach: Payment information for creators from 2019 has also been discovered along with the Unity source code for Vapeworld, a chat software based on Amazon's unreleased Steam competitor Vapor.

What console was Clock Tower first released for?

a) Famicom
b) Super Famicom
c) PlayStation
d) Atari Jaguar

The answer will be revealed at the bottom of today's issue. Join up with our community on Twitter and Facebook to discuss what the answer could be.

Pokémon and Universal Studios Japan enter “long-term creative partnership”

Pokemon and Universal Studios Japan logos

Universal Studios Japan and The Pokémon Company have just formed a “long-term creative partnership for theme park experiences.”

The result of their collaboration won't be announced until next year, and considering it took about 4 years from when construction started until the Super Nintendo World park in Osaka opened, it will probably take a while to materialize.

Poképarks: Nintendo and Universal are planning to open several more Super Nintendo World parks around the globe, and this probably means that Pokémon will grace these parks alongside denizens of the Mushroom Kingdom.

Immersion: Universal and The Pokémon Company gushes about “combining innovative technology and extraordinary creativity” that will “immerse guests into the world of Pokémon.” This probably means Super Nintendo World parks will become amazing hunting grounds for Pokémon Go players.

Metroid Dread and Switch OLED reviews

Metroid Dread's Samus Aran and E.M.M.I.

The very first Metroid for Switch is out this week alongside the new Switch OLED model, and we've gathered a nice cross-section of the critical reception. Perhaps unsurprisingly, Metroid Dread is receiving high praise while the Switch OLED seems to be the best choice for the discerning gamer thanks to its bigger, more vibrant OLED screen.

Metroid Dread reviews

  • VGC (Score 5/5) – ”…a near-perfect balance of nods to the past and fresh ideas…”
  • Nintendo Life (Score 10/10) – ”…a triumphant return for both Samus Aran and developer MercurySteam…”
  • IGN (Score 9/10) – ”…Metroid Dread gets so much right after so many years…”
  • Gameinformer (Score 9/10) – ”…After 19 years, Nintendo finally delivers an official sequel to Metroid Fusion…”
  • TheSixthAxis (Score 9/10) – ”…Metroid Dread sees the galaxy's best bounty hunter return in fine form…

Switch OLED reviews

  • CNET (Not Scored) – ”…Switch OLED is the best Nintendo Switch there is, period. But your kids aren't going to care…”
  • Digital Foundry (Not Scored) – ”…the new OLED Model is the absolute best way to enjoy the machine's excellent library of games…”
  • Verge (Score 8/10) – ”…it all comes down to that screen. You already know what else to expect from a Switch…”
  • Wired (Score 8/10) – ”…you don’t yet own a Nintendo Switch, the OLED Model is unassailably the one to get…”
  • TechRadar (Score 4/5) – ”…a welcome upgrade, but one that pleases more than it wows…”

Publisher sales alongside classic games

Humble Games Publisher Sale banner

There is another sales frenzy at Humble Bundle, with no less than four publisher sales and a genre sale. First up is the Classic Games Sale, which offers up to 90% off a broad range of classics ranging from arcade games to real-time strategy.

Moving on to the publishers, Idea Factory Publisher Sale offers up to 70% off its catalogue, the Square Enix Publisher Sale offers discounts up to 85% while Fatshark Publisher Sale lops up to 90% off retail price.

  • Ubisoft’s 20th Anniversary Showcase for Ghost Recon teases Breakpoint and offers a “new take” on battle royale in Frontline
  • Back 4 Blood is appearing on Xbox Game Pass this month alongside Destiny 2: Beyond Light for PC as Windows 11 rolls out
  • Pokémon Unite adds ranged attacker Sylveon ready to “stare opponents into submission” and menace foes with Fairy Frolic
  • Animal Crossing: New Horizons Direct broadcasts on October 15th and will last “roughly 20 minutes” showcasing upcoming content
  • Coatsink sent over word that Gang Beasts has been delayed by a week on Switch, it will now release on 12th October

What console was Clock Tower first released for?

The fabled Slenderman, staring you down in an abandoned building with a static filter

ANSWER: Gimmie Twenty Dollars!

Oh, Slenderman. Where would we be without you? For one, we wouldn't have thousands of dudes screaming exaggeratedly into their webcams on YouTube. It's hard to express just how big Slenderman was in 2012, featuring spots on Toonami and getting a lot (like, a LOT) of attention on the internet.

If the game was too spooky for you, you could pare down the horror with the $20 Mode which would play Ron Brownz's Gimme 20 Dollars every time Slenderman appeared on the screen. Why, though? It's a reference to an internet joke saying that the only way to get past Slenderman is to give him a twenty. Since the developers didn't have a license to use the track, it vanished from later releases of the game.

Today's issue of DailyBits was written by Gavin Herman, Erlend Grefsrud, Simon Priest, and Jamie Davey. If you have any feedback or news tips for the team, please email us!