‘Among Us’ developer scrambles to thwart recent hacks

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‘Among Us’ developer scrambles to thwart recent hacks

Among Us developer InnerSloth has released a statement addressing the ongoing hackling issue that has hit the popular viral game.

Since US House representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez began a Twitch channel to stream herself playing Among Us in order to “get out the vote” for the upcoming US presidential election, players have been hit with of in-game hacks that carry a political message.

The hack spams text chat messages advertising streamer and YouTuber Eris Loris and threatening to damage players’ devices if they do not subscribe, before signing off with “TRUMP 2020” message.

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Check out some of the messages below, as captured by players.

Developer InnerSloth has since taken to Twitter to address the hacking issue. “We’re are super duper aware of the current hacking issue and we’re looking into it. We will be pushing out an emergency server update so people who are in game will get kicked from games. Please play private games or with people that you trust!!! Bare with us!!”

Check out the tweets below.

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Among Us now includes a new in-game message, which promises that action is being taken. The message also reveals that the developer is working on adding a system for players to report toxic behaviours.

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Among Us’ in-game announcement. Credit: InnerSloth

According to the alleged hacker Eris Loris, who spoke to Eurogamer, the spam attack in Among Us is a publicity stunt “to see reactions and for the lolz”. As for the inclusion of Trump slogans in the messages, Loris said he’s a college student and that he supports the US President’s re-election bid.

This isn’t the first time video games have been used to promote political agendas. Apart from AOC’s recent Among Us streams, democratic nominee Joe Biden and Kinda Funny Games revealed Biden Island earlier this month in Animal Crossing: New Horizons in support of the presidential candidate.

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Published at Mon, 26 Oct 2020 03:59:10 +0000

Sony announces strategic creative partnership with Travis Scott

Sony Interactive Entertainment has announced thenewest strategic creative partner for its upcoming PlayStation 5 console: American rapper Travis Scott.

The news was first shared via a PlayStation Blog post on Friday, October 23, followed up by social media posts from the rapper himself. Per the announcement, the ‘Sicko Mode’ rapper is one of the few key personnel who were approached by Sony for a number of upcoming collaborations.

A video featuring Travis Scott in front of a massive gaming setup, and a number of other people who worked on developing different aspects of the PS5, has also been released. Check it out below.

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“We heard Travis is a huge PlayStation fan, so we started a conversation with him that led to this unique partnership,” PlayStation’s senior vice president Eric Lempel said. “Through our mutual passion for gaming and creativity, we plan on collaborating with Travis and his Cactus Jack brand to produce innovative projects that we hope will delight our collective fans.”

Travis Scott also released a statement in the same press release: “I’m really looking forward to being able to showcase everything that Cactus Jack has worked on with Sony and the PlayStation team. Most importantly I’m excited to see how the PlayStation fans and family respond, and I look forward to running some games with everybody very soon!”

It is currently unclear what kind of projects Sony has lined up with Scott’s Cactus Jack brand. The collaboration marks Scott’s latest venture into the world of gaming, following his record-breaking virtual gig in Fortnite in April earlier this year.

Sony’s PlayStation 5 consoles are set to release on November 12 in the US, Japan, Canada, Mexico, Australia, New Zealand and South Korea. The rest of the world is expected to receive the PS5 on November 19.

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Published at Mon, 26 Oct 2020 02:51:10 +0000

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