The Importance of Security Testing in Gaming

Why security testing is a necessary step to take to ensure the quality, longevity and compatibility of your video game

Author: Sanal Nair
Sanal is the QA Manager – Security at GlobalStep and works with our video game clients to identify and resolve potential security and quality issues.


The popularity of the gaming industry has grown exponentially in recent years, and it shows no signs of slowing down. According to a report by PwC, the gaming market could be worth $326 billion by 2026. As the industry continues to grow and expand, so does the risk of cyber-attacks on video game development and publishing companies. To avoid potential security threats and retain players, these companies must prioritize security testing in their game development and deployment processes.

One of the primary reasons the gaming industry is at high risk of cyber-attacks is due to the large user base and valuable data held by gaming companies. Cybercriminals always look for new ways to exploit these vulnerabilities and steal sensitive information. Such information includes but is not limited to login credentials, payment information, in-game items, in-game currency, email addresses, phone numbers, location data, and in-game communications. They can also steal intellectual property such as game design documents, source code, and proprietary algorithms. Furthermore, they can access sensitive data from game servers such as game logs, personal information of players, and chat logs. With the increasing popularity of online gaming, there is a greater risk of data breaches, making security testing more crucial than ever before.

To secure their Intellectual Property (IP), gaming companies should consider adopting best practices in their security testing processes. One of these best practices is conducting regular penetration testing, simulating real-world attacks on their game infrastructure to identify potential vulnerabilities. It is essential to prioritize both internal and external penetration testing to cover all aspects of the game’s security.

Another best practice is to prioritize secure coding standards throughout the development process. It includes incorporating secure coding practices, such as input validation and error handling, and implementing strong access controls to ensure that only authorized individuals can access sensitive data.

In addition to these technical best practices, it is essential to prioritize player education and awareness. Players should be informed about the importance of creating strong and unique passwords and recognizing and reporting suspicious activity.

The repercussions of not prioritizing security testing in the gaming industry can be severe. A data breach can result in loss of intellectual property, financial loss, reputational damage, legal implications, loss of player trust, and a negative user experience.

In fact, recent data breaches in the gaming industry have resulted in substantial financial losses, legal implications, and reputational damage for companies that did not prioritize security testing. Such an attack can lead to a decline in player base and revenue.

For instance, the 2011 PlayStation Network data breach resulted in the loss of millions of user account details, including login credentials and payment information. The breach cost Sony an estimated $171 million, including compensation payouts, legal fees, and credit monitoring costs.

In addition to financial losses, data breaches can have long-term effects on a company’s reputation and player trust. Players may lose confidence in a company’s ability to protect their personal information, resulting in a decline in player base and revenue.

Therefore, gaming companies must prioritize security testing in their development and deployment processes. A well-tested defense is the best defense against cyber-attacks.

At GlobalStep, we understand the importance of effective security testing and provide customized solutions to help gaming companies protect their businesses and players from potential cyber-attacks. Our team of experienced security experts works closely with clients to identify vulnerabilities and provide tailored solutions that meet their specific needs.

In addition to our security testing services, we provide ongoing security support and consultation to ensure clients maintain a secure gaming environment via our Player Support teams. Our approach is based on a comprehensive understanding of the latest security best practices and industry expertise.

In conclusion, as the gaming industry continues to grow and expand, so does the cyber-attack risk. Video game development and publishing companies must prioritize security testing to protect their intellectual property, retain players, and enable them to have a smooth experience without compromising security. By adopting best practices in their security testing processes and player education, companies can safeguard themselves and their players from potential cyber-attacks.

Please don’t wait until it’s too late to secure your gaming company from cyber-attacks. Contact us at info@globalstep.com to learn more about our security testing services for the gaming industry and how we can help you protect your business and players.

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