In September 2022, a disgruntled employee posted inappropriate hacked messages to Wizard101’s servers for all to see.
Published on September 20th, 2022
When you think of MMOs like Wizard101, you probably think fondly of the magical world with a bit of nostalgia from your childhood. After all, Wizard101 is a lot different from modern MMOs like Tower of Fantasy.
While Wizard101 remains in our minds as a symbol of childhood nostalgia, a disgruntled employee did something to make the game so unfriendly for children that developers had to temporarily take servers offline.
Here’s everything you should know about the Wizard101 fiasco and how an employee filled the site with hacked messages in September 2022.
Wizard101 Goes Offline As Employee’s Hacked Messages Go Viral
On 17th September 2022, a Kings Isle employee made this 14-year-old MMO take its servers offline temporarily after uploading swathes of inappropriate messages and displaying them to online users.
The messages popped up in the middle of online users’ screens, and their content varied from misleading to inappropriate to utterly chaotic.
“Touch the fountain to get Crowns,” one message read, urging players to touch the fountain in the center of the map – for seemingly no real reason. Crowns are an in-game currency purchasable with real money and cannot easily be earned through in-game efforts.
A few messages called some players’ attention to potentially poor working conditions at Kings Isle, suggesting that the employee may have had a reason for the chaos they caused.
“Kings Isle is the worst company I have ever worked for,” one of the messages read, a line of sudden seriousness amongst the other silly and lighthearted phrases. “I fucking hate my job,” another said.
One Twitter user even compiled a photo album of all the messages.
After the messages were reported by online players, Kings Isle temporarily took Wizard101 offline for a few hours.
“Wizard101 servers have been temporarily shut down due to an unexpected issue,” the team wrote in a Twitter post.
Shortly after, they announced that a temporary fix to the issue had been deployed and a more long-term resolution was coming in the near future. It’s unclear what that “resolution” is, and how the employee was handled.
That’s all we currently know about the situation with Wizard101’s hacked messages. As we find out more information about this developing story, we will be sure to report it to you here, so be sure to keep an eye out.
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Featured image courtesy of Kings Isle.
Written by Cole Podany
Cole is a Staff Writer at GINX Esports TV based in the United States. He’s a lover of all things horror and particularly loves old horror games like Silent Hill and Resident Evil. You can also find him writing about Dead by Daylight and a slew of other games. Outside of writing for GINX, Cole loves cooking and his two cats. You can contact Cole for pitches at [email protected]