Twitch Streamer Payments Are Getting Stolen, No Fix from Twitch
We’ve seen a sudden spike in Twitch streamer payments being stolen, and there’s nothing Twitch appears to be able to do about it. This likely began after the Twitch hack, and all of that valuable data got spread around the internet. It’s likely that a few enterprising people gained access to passwords and worse, allowing them to redirect people’s Twitch funds from a personal Paypal to the hacker or thieves’ PayPal. The first major instance of this appears to be from Killadelphia, a streamer with just under 10k followers. So what’s going on with this?
Several Streamers Report Stolen Payouts
Last week, Killadelphia posted that despite having 2-step verification, someone logged into their Twitch account, changed all the payout info, and that was just that. Since his repeated tweets weren’t getting any traction from Twitch, he even said he might have to get “lawyered up.” All Twitch could tell him is that the payout was sent by the method on Killadelphia’s account. So if the Twitch payments were stolen from this streamer, there’s nothing Twitch can do about it.
Other streamers have come to declare the same thing, from xSophieSophie, Dakillzor, and EliteJonas1. Their payout methods were also changed, so they were not going to be able to get their latest payouts. Dakillzor said that someone changed his payout from “wire to PayPal and added their own PayPal.” It’s absolutely shameless behavior on someone’s part.
xSophieSophie spoke about this on Twitter as well, saying:
“Just frustrating now, my password was changed, my 2fa was on, it still is!!! And they’re STILL changing my payment method, why don’t you want to even investigate how they’re doing this to protect others????”
But what can Twitch actually do? They could re-send payments to people that were hacked – in theory at least. According to the official Twitch Support response, all streamers can do is “take precautionary measures” to make sure it doesn’t happen again. It’s genuinely unfortunate, and it does sound like some streamers might be talking to a lawyer to see if anything can rightly be done about this sort of situation. Twitch has said these kind of credentials weren’t a part of the data breach, but the timing is incredibly convenient. We will keep you up to date as this story develops.