Video game firm Riot Games hacked, now it faces problems to release content

Riot Games hacked

Video game developer and publisher Riot Games announced that it will delay the release of game patches after a security incident.

Riot Games is an American video game developer, publisher and esports tournament organizer known for the creation of the popular games League of Legends and Valorant.

Last week threat actors hacked the company’s systems in its development environment, Riot Games announced it will delay the release of game patches after the security breach.

The cyberattack temporarily impacted the ability of the company to release content, inclusing the patches for its titles.

Unfortunately, this has temporarily affected our ability to release content. While our teams are working hard on a fix, we expect this to impact our upcoming patch cadence across multiple games.— Riot Games (@riotgames) January 20, 2023The League team confirmed the difficulties in releasing Patch 13.2.

Heads up, players. This may impact our delivery date for Patch 13.2. The League team is working to stretch the limits of what we can hotfix in order to deliver the majority of the planned and tested balance changes on time still.— League of Legends (@LeagueOfLegends) January 20, 2023The head of League Studio, Andrei van Roon, confirmed that Patch 13.2 would not be canceled despite the problems the company is facing.

They will. Nothing that would have been in 13.2 will be cancelled, we might just have to move things that can’t be hotfixed (e.g. art changes) to a later date instead— Andrei van Roon (@RiotMeddler) January 20, 2023Gaming firms are privileged targets for threat actors. In June 2021, hackers compromised the network of the gaming giant Electronic Arts (EA) and claimed to have stolen approximately 780 GB of data.

In January 2021, the threat intelligence firm Kela reported the availability for sale of the credentials in multiple hacking forums and criminal marketplace. Over 500,000 credentials for the top two dozen leading gaming firms, including Ubisoft, were leaked online.

In September 2022, a hacker used 2K Games’ support desk to send malware to the gamers.

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