Twitch, the video game streaming service, is informing its users that it has reset all account passwords on their service after a possible breach. The live video game streaming service which Business Insider reported was purchased by Amazon for $970 million in cash is proactively taking steps to ensure security for its users by resetting everyone’s password after what it is calling possible unauthorized access.
The following note on the Twitch blog has set Twitch users to their keyboards in order to reset their passwords.
“We are writing to let you know that there may have been unauthorized access to some Twitch user account information.
“For your protection, we have expired passwords and stream keys and have disconnected accounts from Twitter and YouTube. As a result, you will be prompted to create a new password the next time you attempt to log into your Twitch account.
“We also recommend that you change your password at any website where you use the same or a similar password. We will communicate directly with affected users with additional details.”
Eurogamer reached out to Twitch for further clarification but the streaming video giant declined to comment beyond its original blog post. The lack of details can mean a couple of things, including that this reaction by Twitch was simply a quick response to a possible incursion into their databases. The Verge reported that the company stated, “we will communicate directly with affected users with additional details.”
Therefore the next time you log into Twitch you will be promoted to change your password.
The Inquisitr covered the purchase of Twitch by Amazon in August of 2014. At that time, Twitch has just over 15 billion minutes of content with the average user spending more than 100 minutes a day on the site which makes any online marketing guru practically salivate. The service began as a way for gamers to broadcast their game play sessions online while engaging with viewers through speaking through video overlay or via a chat window.
The service has evolved into a platform for video game personalities to emerge and for many of them, it is a living. There is enough traffic to generate that kind of income as Twitch accounts for two percent of all internet traffic in the U.S. during peak hours. The only sites that command more traffic bandwidth is Netflix, Google and Apple, all outpacing Hulu. All of this was accomplished in just three years and has now evolved into other avenues of entertainment.
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