Breaking: 2024 LBP Server Shutdown, Moderation Issues

This is a developing story. More details will be added as we learn more. This post was last updated at 11:32 PM EST 1/31/24

On January 7th, LittleBigPlanet fans took to X (Twitter) once again in outcry as numerous community members reported being falsely banned from PlayStation Network for content they supposedly uploaded through the game. Following the incident, the LittleBigPlanet servers for PlayStation 4 were temporarily shut off as the team investigates. First to report the issue was popular YouTuber BlazingVictini with this post shortly after midnight January 7th EST:

BlazingVictini added, “This isn’t the first time I’ve been falsely suspended on LittleBigPlanet for something I didn’t do either and I assume it’s targeted.” He asserted that he hadn’t played the game in a long time, and that there was nothing that he could have done that would have warranted moderation action.

Thankfully, Steven Isbell promptly responded with this assurance:

However, the situation has escalated significantly. 18 hours later, other players started experiencing similar issues. Click the dropdown below to see a list of users that may have been affected.

Affected Users

  • Amaiha (Not affected)
  • Aucratic
  • Ayee
  • barelyaugust
  • BlazingVictiniYT
  • CatgirlFishing
  • Cheriune
  • EpicLBPTime
  • FattyMcIntosh
  • hallm3
  • HardestLevels
  • ima_taka
  • indo2042
  • John4Lul
  • Kimnchi-i-
  • KyronWolfy
  • m88youngling
  • MmOfficial
  • MysteriousCube
  • Poms
  • Relevant-ish
  • SamuraiEzoiar (Xander_Beck)
  • Sergeylogvinov
  • SketchyModders
  • Smuffy04
  • Sonichu
  • StevenI
  • Sumo-MBryant
  • Swouse-Mouse
  • TechnicalSock
  • Tom_Molecule
  • Trixel_Creative
  • VeryCoolMe
  • ZephhyLeo
  • IShowSpeed (?)

Unfortunately, we were not able to get all the exact usernames. We don’t know if every user on this list was banned from PSN. However, we know that they have had their LBP profiles moderated.

We’ve observed the following pattern in the situation:

  1. A player is hearted by a user named Chilly-Bath95
  2. The user’s profile description is moderated some time afterward.
  3. The user may receive an email saying that they have been suspended from PSN and they will lose access to PlayStation Network services.

Based on the names on this list and the patterns involved, it’s highly likely that each user was specifically targeted, meaning that the vast majority of LittleBigPlanet players weren’t at risk.

A screenshot of m88youngling's LittleBigPlanet profile. Under the latest activity section, Chilly-Bath95 has hearted m88youngling.
Note the user that recently hearted my profile.

In fact, this same phenomenon has afflicted LittleBigPlanet’s own Community Manager Steven Isbell’s account, StevenI.

A screenshot of StevenI's account on LittleBigPlanet 3 moderated.

At 6:57 AM, LBP Union’s status monitoring tools detected that the LittleBigPlanet servers were switched offline. Those in our Discord server with notifications for the status history channel were the first to know.

At 7:05 AM EST, the official LittleBigPlanet account on X posted the following message:

At 7:10 AM EST on January 8th, Steven Isbell responded to a message from m88youngling explaining that any record of their suspensions will be removed from their accounts.

Later, at 2:15 PM EST, the official LittleBigPlanet X account explained that the servers would remain offline while the investigation continues.

This marks the first time in nearly three years that the LittleBigPlanet servers have been fully brought offline due to malicious activity. One week after the incident, the LittleBigPlanet 3 servers for PlayStation 4 remain offline with no word on when they might return.

On January 17th, 2024, influencer news outlet Dexerto posted a clip from popular streamer IShowSpeed reacting to a PlayStation Network ban that occurred on January 8th, the same day as the other false bans. IShowSpeed is seen in the video angry at his little brother for using his account on LittleBigPlanet. Although he accuses his brother of doing something inappropriate on the game, it’s entirely possible that IShowSpeed’s account was targeted in the attack. There have been various LittleBigPlanet community members on X speculating about the incident.