San Francisco, CA - Streaming company Twitch has gone completely open source. The company released a massive trove of code, internal data, and even software to the general public, including:
- 3 years worth of details regarding creator payouts on Twitch.
- The entirety of twitch.tv, “with commit history going back to its early beginnings.”
- Source code for the mobile, desktop, and video game console Twitch clients.
- Code related to proprietary SDKs and internal AWS services used by Twitch.
- An unreleased Steam competitor from Amazon Game Studios.
- Data on other Twitch properties like IGDB and CurseForge.
- Twitch’s internal security tools.
The timing and nature of the move surprised many, leading to questions about motivation and rationale. A spokesperson from Twitch had this to say:
"We understand that this is a bit of a surprise - even to some of us within the company - and we understand the skepticism. We hope the public will embrace our...sudden...new focus on openness and transparency."