Riot Games formally responds to scope of recent cyber attack and address what players should expect in the near future.


This morning Riot Games formally responded on Twitter to a Cyber Attack incident last week. In this response, Riot confirms that source code for League of Legends, TFT, and a legacy anticheat platform were acquired by the attackers. While the attackers are making ransom demands, Riot has firmly stated that they will not pay.

Given the nature of the attack, players may see new exploits being released in the near future as the source code may give hackers new attack vectors to exploit: “Truthfully, any exposure of source code can increase the likelihood of new cheats emerging. Since the attack, we’ve been working to assess its impact on anticheat and to be prepared to deploy fixes as quickly as possible if needed”.

As far as user privacy is concerned, the good news is that it seems like no personal data was compromised in the attack.

In addition to exploits, there may also be new ‘leaks’ circulating regarding new content or game mechanics. It will be difficult to discern and filter through the leaks to understand what was a legacy experimental feature vs. something that may be in active development: “The illegally obtained source code also includes a number of experimental features. While we hope some of these game modes and other changes eventually make it out to players, most of this content is in prototype and there’s no guarantee it will ever be released”.

Understanding Vision Score in League of Legends is critical to competitive play.


If you’re new to League of Legends, you might be wondering what Vision Score is all about. The Vision Score is a metric that indicates how much of your team’s vision has been influenced by your play. It’s an indicator of a player’s contribution to their team’s control of the map. Mechanically, players can increase their Vision Score by placing wards as well as removing enemy wards (denying vision).

While the formulation for Vision Score has not been officially released by Riot, a fairly accurate estimation for Vision Score is:

  • 1 point per minute of ward lifetime provided
  • 1 point per minute of ward lifetime denied

Certain champion abilities that provide vision will also impact Vision Score. For example, Ashe’s Hawkshot or Kallista’s Sentinel, will reveal portions of the map for the benefit of your teammates in scouting out the enemy location.

The importance of vision cannot be understated in the game of League of Legends. As the game is fairly balanced as far as team vs. team games go, it doesn’t take much to tilt a game assuming all players are playing at a similar level. It’s all about gaining an information advantage over the enemy. For example, knowing that the enemy Jungle is top side will enable your bottom lane champions to play more aggressively and take bigger (but calculated) risks.

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