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Who Hurts Most in $600 Million Axie Heist? ‘Not the Venture Capitalists’

Gamers complain and swap theories about their trapped crypto after an epic breach.

A blockchain “bridge” associated with the Axie Infinity game was hacked, leaving some players with losses.

A blockchain “bridge” associated with the Axie Infinity game was hacked, leaving some players with losses.

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After learning that hackers had made off with an eye-popping $600 million from a software system tied to their beloved Axie Infinity video game, players reacted with shock and disbelief — and for the most part, kept on playing.

In the Philippines and Vietnam, users took to Twitter and Facebook to air everything from complaints about cryptocurrencies frozen in their wallets to conspiracy theories. “I feel sad this happened,” Axie player Joni Watanabe said on Twitter on March 30, the day after the hack was announced. He added an admonishment to Axie’s operator about using proper security protocols, joining a chorus of crypto gamers clamoring for an explanation of how this could happen — and demanding that it be fixed.