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New League of Legends Champion will have “Steep Learning Curve”



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League of Legends players are preparing for the arrival of the new champion Lillia, who will arrive alongside the ‘masked assassin’, but Riot Games is warning players that Lillia will come with “steep learning curves” ahead of the arrival.

Both are expected to arrive on the Summoner’s Rift in Patch 10.14 which is due out later this week.

Lillia will be League of Legends 149th champion, while the “masked assassin” is rumored to be Yasuo’s brother Yone and will arrive alongside Lillia.

“Our upcoming dreamy jungler and masked assassin are both likely to appeal to players looking for more novel experiences, and will require a pretty heavy investment to get over the initial learning curve,” Riot Games stated (h/t Dexerto).

“While we’re confident that mastering these two new champions [expected to arrive together later this week] will be worth the effort, there will likely be some bonus ‘feels bad’ feels too, especially in comparison to simpler future champion releases.”

“We don’t want players to worry about us releasing new/updated champs that consistently dominate like they have in the recent past,” they said. The ability to take a longer-term approach should mitigate this, they added.

“Without a pressure to make these champs win at the same rate as the rest of the champion pool at release, we can better ensure they’re not running away with games as players become more experienced on them.”



Riot Games Victims of Cyberattack



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Riot Games issued a statement on Wednesday saying that they  received a ransom email after hackers stole source code for League of Legends and Teamfight Tactics, with the attack also targeting its legacy anticheat platform, according to an official release.

“Needless to say, we won’t pay,” Riot said in the statement.  “While this attack disrupted our build environment and could cause issues in the future, most importantly we remain confident that no player data or player personal information was compromised.”

Riot Games continued by saying that it’s been working to assess the leak’s impact on anticheat as “any exposure of source code can increase the likelihood of new cheats emerging.” The company added that “experimental features” were also exposed, saying that “most of this content is in prototype and there’s no guarantee it will ever be released.”

Riot Games first announced the hack back on January 20th, saying it was a “social engineering attack.”


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Squanch Games CEO Justin Roiland Resigns



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Squanch Games CEO Justin Roiland has officially resigned from his position at the company after news broke that Adult Swim would be parting with popular series ‘Rick & Morty’, according to an official announcement.

Per the company, Roiland’s resignation was received on January 16th, and the company added that it will continue to support High on Life, which released on December 13, 2022, and “keep developing games we know our fans will love.”

Roiland, who is the studio’s co-founder, was charged with felony domestic battery with corporal injury and false imprisonment by menace, violence, fraud, and/or deceit earlier this month.

“Adult Swim has ended its association with Justin Roiland,” Adult Swim/Cartoon Network/Boomerang senior vp communications Marie Moore said in a statement issued on Tuesday.

According to the Hollywood Reporter, ‘Rick & Morty’ will continue, but with new voice actors cast in the iconic roles voiced by Roiland.

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Washington Post Set to Shut Down Gaming Section



Washington Post

The Washington Post is reportedly gearing up for a round of layoffs and as part of those cuts they will be shutting down their video game label Launcher and student focuses section KidsPost, according to Axios’ Sara Ficher.

According to the report, Washington Post executive editor Sally Buzbee sent a memo to staff today informing them of the upcoming changes, explaining that the media brand will be laying off 20 people from the newsroom.

While the memo does not make a mention of Launcher, the report cited two sources with saying that the Washington Post plans on axing Launcher.

When the Washington Post initially brought Launcher live back in 2019, they hyped it as “a dedicated section that aims to recalibrate the conversation with classically trained journalists who were raised on games.”

Unfortunately, the Washington Post is just the latest video game news media brand to impost layoffs, much like IGN, GameInformer, Vice, G4 (which was shut down entirely), and Polygon, among others.

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