Amazon (which owns Twitch) is reportedly building a Steam rival, according to leaked information from the recent hacks.

The would-be online games store is called Vapour (or Vapor), and it will include Twitch features as you might expect. Data miner Sinoc discovered this on Twitter.

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/4KeeEOspyQOctober 6, 2021

Imagine Twitch, but with a built-in gaming platform that lets you buy the newest games and keep your game collection in the same location.

Code for what appears to be an app called ‘Vapeworld’ was also found, which would appear to be some sort of virtual reality chat software with 3D emotes. Given the name, it’s likely that this will be integrated into Twitch.

The (claimed) presence of this material in the leaked documents does not necessarily imply anything more than concepts and possible future ideas, of course.

Is it likely that this will occur, or is it more probable that there will be vaporware?

The idea of Vapour – or whatever it will be called if anything comes of it – makes sense from Amazon’s perspective, given that Twitch is an existing community as a purchasing audience on tap.

It’s not difficult to see how this might be a method for rapidly developing a compelling competitor to Steam with some clever thinking and exclusive games or content.

According to TechCrunch, this new platform would provide Amazon with a competitive advantage in gaming.

With Prime Gaming (formerly Twitch Prime), which is currently free in-game goodies (and free games, for that matter), it already offers free in-game goodies.

Vapour’s rise and fall, and the mystery of what happened to it all, will likely continue to fascinate us for a long time. Although Vapour may end up on the pile as a missed (or perhaps ‘mist’) opportunity, or if it will ever come true, this is yet to be seen.

According to PC Gamer, which discovered the above tweet, there is evidence that appears to support the possibility – specifically an Amazon patent filing from 2017 describing a user interface for “joining games from a spectating system” with the ability to “order, buy, or otherwise obtain demo or full versions of games.”

Yes, there are a few digital dots here and there, but we should be careful to jump on board too soon. For years now, Epic has gone toe-to-toe with Steam backed by a large amount of cash for exclusives, and Valve has thus far survived the storm…

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