With revenue set to reach approximately £200bn by 2022, the gaming industry is rapidly becoming a target for cybercriminals. In fact, web application attacks on the gaming industry represent four percent of attacks globally.
So, security should be top of mind for any gaming studio that wants to protect itself and its players. That said, you need to know what to look out for.
That's why we're going to discuss the four greatest security challenges affecting the GameTech space today.
Cheating in online games is rife, and whether it's speed hacking, aimbots or wall hacks, it's ruining the player experience.
In fact, 60 percent of all gamers say they've had their gaming experience ruined by cheating. And 77 percent say they're likely to abandon a game if they feel other players have an unfair advantage.
If you want to increase player engagement and prevent frustrated gamers from abandoning your game, you need to ensure they can't cheat.
2. DDoS attacks
In August 2020, the gaming industry suffered a significant distributed denial of service attack. This attack affected major studios like Rockstar, Nintendo and Blizzard, with the latter two suffering a similar attack approximately two weeks earlier.
Attacks like these can lead to criticism, a decrease in player loyalty, and revenue loss.
If you want to safeguard your games against these kind of attacks, look no further than our Managed Perimeter Security Service. With expertly designed intelligent threat detection, rapid response times and real-time support you can keep players happy with reliable access to your games.
3. Credential stuffing
10 billion credential stuffing attacks hit the gaming industry in 2020. This is an automated account-takeover hack that can lead to hackers stealing either your business or player data.
This is so prevalent that, at the time of writing, there are nearly one million compromised accounts providing access to video game companies currently for sale on the dark web.
This is partially due to bad password practices. But, no matter the reason, if players feel they can't trust you with their details, you will lose their business.
4. Data breaches
Last month, VICE reported that hackers breached Electronic Arts and stole game source code data. This included the gaming code for the ever-popular FIFA 21, as well as the code for its matchmaking server.
Perhaps a global studio like EA can survive a hit like this, but could your studio? That's why it's vital to have your data secured across your whole infrastructure.
In this instance, EA would have benefitted from an effective Data Loss Prevention (DLP) strategy. After all, sixty-four percent of security professionals believe that DLP could have prevented data exfiltration events from occurring.
But not every business has the confidence, knowledge or resources to implement a DLP strategy. At Piksel Group, we have the expertise and experience to manage DLP policies that prevent your hard work being leaked or stolen.
Level up your IT security
IT security isn't a game, even if the rest of your business revolves around them.
You want to make fun, engaging games that people want to play. Not spend your time combatting the challenges we mentioned above.
So why waste time working on your back-end IT?
At Piksel Group, we have more than 12 years of experience managing cloud platforms. Our 24x7 GameOps service ensures your infrastructure is fully secure, supported and always available.
We can provide protection against any of the threats listed above from the edge of your network, as well as identify gaps and vulnerabilities in your infrastructure and game applications.
Let us keep your business and player data safe while you focus on what's important - your games.
If you'd like to find out more about how Piksel GameTech can help your studio, get in touch today.