On October 6, Twitch was the victim of a massive data leak - which seems to be going around in the digital space of late.
Apart from the bad stuff - like the potential for all of our emails and passwords being out there - there was some news about Amazon's behind-the-scenes plans for Twitch and video games as a whole.
Unless you've been living under a rock, you probably know that Amazon recently released their first video game, New World, and that it's already extremely popular.
It's a great game, which is great for MMO fans and bad for those rooting against Amazon's global domination.
Amazon Game Studio
It shouldn't be a surprise to learn that Amazon isn't stopping at New World. In fact, the data breach revealed that Amazon is working on something that should make a lot of sense for them: a game platform that could compete with Steam.
To date, the only viable game launcher that has been able to compete with Steam is the Epic Games Launcher. They rode the success of Fortnite and were able to bring other exclusives to their platform, along with offering free games to bolster their user base.
As Epic Games continues to improve their launcher, it looks like Amazon will be throwing their hat into the ring.
We don't know when or if this will come to fruition, but it makes a lot of sense. Amazon already has the online infrastructure for a store, and could make a similar move to Epic - bringing their massively popular game to their own platform and signing developers to exclusive contracts.
Some Fortnite News can be found in this Twitch leak:— Shiina (@ShiinaBR) October 6, 2021
Amazon (Twitch) is working on a competitor for Steam. That basically means another store next to Steam and Epic Games Store.
The launcher will apparently have some kind of game-specific support for Fortnite..? 🤔
According to ShiinaBR, who typically covers Fortnite news, the platform could have specific Fortnite features, although it's hard to make sense of that.
For now, Fortnite players can only use the Epic Games Launcher to play their favorite BR. Although, we can't doubt the power of Amazon in whichever space they decide to enter.
For now, this is all we know about a potential Amazon Games Store. With Amazon Prime Video, Amazon Games Studio, Twitch, and Amazon itself, we'd be surprised if we didn't see something like this on the horizon.