Hackers disrupted a virtual Le Mans event, eventually leading to a full shutdown after the lead player, Formula 1 World Champion Max Verstappen, got kicked out by hackers.
Verstappen took part in the “24 Hours of Le Mans Virtual” competition and was working to win a $250,000 prize. The race pitted real-world racers against virtual champions and while Verstappen was in the lead for most of the race, when his connection failed he re-entered at 14th place and remained there until he quit.
“This is the last time I am ever participating… Honestly it’s a joke, you can’t call this an event,” said Verstappen. “Clown show… It’s just a shame for everyone in the team because we all wanted to do well here and then you get this. I think I’m going to uninstall the game. That’s nice. Frees up a bit of space on the PC anyway. I hope everyone uninstalls the game.”
This particular race is a huge deal in the eSports world and for the entire thing to crash like this is a testament to the depths trolls will plunge to make sure nobody has much fun. The race organizers announced they suffered a security breach and shut down the 24-hour event.