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Electronic Arts has confirmed that it is the latest gaming giant to get blindsided by hackers. In a statement delivered to Vice/Motherboard, the Battlefield and Mass Effect publisher said that it is currently “investigating a recent incident of intrusion” into its network, which resulted in the theft of various game source code and internal tools. These include the source code and matchmaking server code for FIFA 21, as well as source code and tools for the Frostbite engine. Frostbite powers a majority of EA’s biggest franchises, such as Battlefield, Need for Speed, and Star Wars Battlefront. EA pointed out that no player data was accessed as part of the hack.

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Other stolen information includes proprietary EA frameworks and software development kits (SDKs), bundles of code that can make game development more streamlined. In all, the hackers say they have 780gb of data, and are advertising it for sale in various underground hacking forum posts viewed by Motherboard.

Sources: Vice, Game Informer

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7 Comments

  1. You know I’d almost suspect ea of intentionally doing this so they can start suing people with similar code in their games or filing suite to.get access to the source code to learn from it.

  2. [QUOTE=”Grimlakin, post: 35809, member: 215″]
    You know I’d almost suspect ea of intentionally doing this so they can start suing people with similar code in their games or filing suite to.get access to the source code to learn from it.
    [/QUOTE]
    If it were any other company (apart from some Russian / Chinese based firms) – I’d say your crazy. But… but… EA.

    I can’t wait to see what comes from the multiplayer matching code. I expect there to be some dirty chicanery there to drive people to the cash shops.

  3. Source code for free loot boxes?

    edit: [URL]https://www.gamesindustry.biz/articles/2021-04-26-leaked-ea-document-says-fifa-21-is-driving-people-to-loot-boxes[/URL]

  4. Hell even the DICE guys hate using Frostbite… who would WANT to steal it?

    It can produce some gorgeous output but from I’ve read it is an absolute PITA to use

  5. [QUOTE=”Burticus, post: 35839, member: 297″]
    Hell even the DICE guys hate using Frostbite…
    [/QUOTE]
    too true. I’ve read the same in other threads over the years.

  6. They have been hated so much lately, it doesn’t surprise me that someone targeted them.

  7. [QUOTE=”Peter_Brosdahl, post: 35863, member: 87″]
    too true. I’ve read the same in other threads over the years.
    [/QUOTE]

    Still, can’t be as bad as unreal engine which can’t even do keybinds correctly (looking at you borderlands 3 and gears 5)

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