Riot Games had a "social engineering incident" last week that damaged systems in its development environment, which would affect future content releases. In an update today, the company has revealed the scope of the incident and what sorts of impacts players may expect in 2023.
Riot has confirmed that the attackers targeted and obtained source code for several titles, including League of Legends and Teamfight Tactics, as well as a legacy anti-cheat platform. Today, the attackers sent the data to Riot, but the company will not pay anything to the perpetrators.
Riot said that although this situation may arise in the future, the team is confident that no player data and personal information was exposed. However, the loss of data does mean that new cheats may be introduced to the live servers later this year. Devs are currently assessing how severe this attack will affect the game's current anti-cheat system so they can respond as swiftly as possible.
Developers anticipate that all damaged computers will be repaired by later this week, so that the teams may resume their normal patch schedule as soon as possible. However, some patches and upcoming content will be delayed. For example, the highly-awaited art and sustainability update for Ahri in League will not be released in Patch 13.2.
Riot will take the necessary steps to investigate how this incident occurred so that it may better protect against future incidents. “We’re committed to transparency and will publish a complete report in the future detailing the attackers' methods, the areas where Riot's security controls failed, and the steps we're taking to ensure this doesn't happen again,” said the company.
This is a breaking news story that will provide further information as soon as possible.