Last week, it was revealed that Twitch had suffered a massive data breach in which information about the platform was stolen. This contained data like Twitch’s source code, payout information to streamers, and a rather interesting tidbit of information, such as how Amazon could be looking to build its own Steam competitor.
Steam, for those unfamiliar, is a digital storefront for games by Valve. It has become more or less the de facto platform to purchase video games online. According to a tweet by Twitter user @Sinoc229, as part of the data breach, it was discovered that Amazon could be working on their own version of Steam which they have cheekily codenamed “Vapor”.
Grabbed Vapor, the codename for Amazon's Steam competitor. Seems to intigrate most of Twitch's features as well as a bunch of game specific support like fortnite and pubg.
Also includes some Unity code for a game called Vapeworld, which I assume is some sort of VR chat thing. pic.twitter.com/4KeeEOspyQ
— Sinoc (@Sinoc229) October 6, 2021
It seems that Amazon is hoping to leverage Twitch’s user base because based on the findings, Vapor will apparently integrate a bunch of Twitch’s features into it, presumably livestreaming, and will also offer support for games like Fortnite and PUBG, hoping to lure gamers over to its new digital storefront.
There is no mention of when Amazon plans to launch Vapor, if at all. It could be that the company is simply exploring the concept, but then again, we wouldn’t be surprised if they were to launch it. Amazon already dominates the digital storefront for just about everything else, so why not video games too, right?