Riot Games, the video game developer and publisher behind League of Legends and Valorant, has announced that game patches will be delayed following the compromise of its development environment last week.
On Friday night, the Los Angeles-based game publisher revealed the incident in a Twitter thread, promising to keep customers updated on whatever the ongoing investigation uncovers.
“Earlier this week, systems in our development environment were compromised as a result of a social engineering attack,” according to the company.
“We don’t have all of the answers right now, but we wanted to communicate early to let you know that there is no evidence that player data or personal information was obtained.”
“Unfortunately, this has hampered our ability to publish content for the time being. While our teams are hard at work on a solution, we anticipate that this will have an impact on our upcoming patch cadence across multiple games “Riot Games explained.
Riot Games also stated that the breach had a direct impact on its ability to publish game patches.
The League of Legends (LoL) multiplayer online battle arena and Teamfight Tactics (TFT) auto battler games’ development teams confirmed the incident on Friday.
The tweets also acknowledged future delays in the game’s planned changes and the release date of the next major patch.
“This could delay the release of Patch 13.2. “The League team is working hard to push the boundaries of what we can hotfix in order to deliver the majority of the planned and tested balance changes on time,” the LoL team stated. “Other things, such as the Ahri ASU, may need to be moved to patch 13.3 (Feb. 8), but we’ll keep you updated as we work through this.”
“This issue may limit our ability to release the full scope of planned balance changes, but we’re working to implement the most significant of those through a hotfix at our scheduled patch time,” the TFT team added. Andrei van Roon, the head of League Studio, added that nothing on the Patch 13.2 release schedule would be cancelled.
“Nothing that would have been in 13.2 will be cancelled; instead, we may have to move things that can’t be hotfixed (e.g., art changes) to a later date,” van Roon said. This follows the announcement in September 2020 by 2K Games, another major video game publisher, that its help desk had been hacked in order to infect some of its customers with malware.
When Bleeping Computer contacted Riot Games earlier today, no one was immediately available for comment. After the September security breach, 2K emailed users to warn them that some of their data had been stolen and sold online.