Recent matches in the LCK Spring 2024 season are facing disruptions caused by persistent ping issues attributed to DDoS attacks.

These disruptions lead to prolonged technical pauses, impacting players and fans, both online and on-site. Consequently, numerous matches are being postponed and instead, broadcasted via pre-recordings.

LCK Spring 2024 faces long technical pauses, match delays, and postponements due to DDoS attacks

The disruption began on February 25, 2024, during the matches between DRX versus Dplus KIA, and OKSavingsBank BRION versus Kwangdong Freecs.

Despite expectations for the first series to last one and a half to two hours, typical for a best-of-three, it extended to over six hours due to technical pauses prompted by the attacks.

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During the match, Dplus KIA’s top laner Hwang “Kingen” Seong-hoon disconnected from the game, prompting DRX players to report a sudden increase in ping.

Subsequently, matches involving OKSavingsBank BRION and Kwangdong Freecs were rescheduled and conducted online to prevent the recurrence of similar issues.

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Affected teams competed from their respective accommodations, with the matches broadcasted through pre-recordings.

Even after network inspections and response measures by LCK management during the league’s rest days later that week, DDoS attacks persisted, disrupting broadcasts.

LCK Spring 2024 on pause due to DDoS issues
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Notably, the T1 versus FearX series was postponed, with pre-recorded games broadcasted at 12:30 AM KST on February 29, 2024.

Due to these ongoing incidents, the LCK management opted to switch to pre-recorded matches for the remainder of Week 6 to mitigate the impact of continuous DDoS attacks.

Additionally, ticket holders for affected matches are to receive full refunds, and ticket sales are halted until further notice.

What are DDoS attacks in esports?

LCK Spring 2024 DDoS attacks official statement
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DDoS (Distributed Denial of Service) attacks happen when a bunch of computers flood a website or an online service with so much traffic that it can’t handle it, causing it to slow down or even crash.

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In the context of online esports matches, a DDoS attack disrupts the game by overwhelming the game server or players’ internet connections with bogus traffic.

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This can lead to lagging gameplay or even disconnections, ruining the experience for everyone involved, akin to trying to play a game of soccer while someone keeps interfering, making it impossible to have a fair match.

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