EA source code and tools for FIFA 21, Frostbite, and more stolen in hack

EA hack source code tools FIFA 21 Frostbite engine hacked stolen data

Malicious hacker groups are getting bolder all the time it seems. Back in February, CD Projekt Red announced it had been the target of a ransomware hack, and last year, Capcom was subject to a ransomware hack that leaked many of its future plans. Now, via Motherboard reporting, it has come to light that Electronic Arts (EA) has fallen victim to a hack of source code and tools, including the source code for FIFA 21 and source code and tools for the Frostbite engine.

Frostbite is the engine used for myriad disparate EA projects, ranging from Star Wars Battlefront II to Dragon Age: Inquisition, so its source code could be illuminating in the right or wrong hands. The hackers claim to have taken 780 GB of data in total, which also includes “proprietary EA frameworks and software development kits (SDKs),” and are reportedly aiming to sell the data stolen from the hack on hacking forums.

An EA representative provided a statement about the hack to Motherboard:

We are investigating a recent incident of intrusion into our network where a limited amount of game source code and related tools were stolen. No player data was accessed, and we have no reason to believe there is any risk to player privacy. Following the incident, we’ve already made security improvements and do not expect an impact on our games or our business. We are actively working with law enforcement officials and other experts as part of this ongoing criminal investigation.

Stay tuned for additional updates.


John Friscia
Head Copy Editor for Enthusiast Gaming, Managing Editor at The Escapist. I'm a writer who loves Super Nintendo and Japanese role-playing games to an impractical degree. I really miss living in South Korea. And I'm developing the game Boss Saga!