THE Metaverse is a virtual world in which to live out your fantasies, but VRChat, one of its most popular apps, tries to crack down on illegal activities.
VRChat is a virtual playground, similar to Roblox or Minecraft, where users can build, create and socialize in an almost completely uncontrolled world.
The difference is that VRChat is mainly played through a virtual headset, which immerses you in the world, similar to Ready Player One.
It’s one of the most popular apps in the Metaverse, with over 35,000 players online at any given time.
With such a large player base, it’s difficult for the creators to control what everyone is up to in the seemingly endless world.
Although VRChat is mostly popular with kids, it has amassed a number of players engaging in unsavory activities.
It has been accused of allowing virtual strip clubs where married people can cheat on their partners.
Worse, there have been accusations of grooming when children enter these places full of simulated sex.
Recently, the developer behind VRChat has been looking for solutions to its troubling problems.
A recent EAC update has integrated anti-cheat measures into the game, preventing users from using the Metaverse in unintended ways.
Community members have also claimed that they have received court orders to cease and desist over modifications to the game.
While the vast majority of mods for the game are harmless – inserting custom avatars or recreating your favorite places in its world – this blanket ban seems aimed at discouraging nasty activity.
The VRChat community has expressed disappointment with how the developers have handled the issue.
in one discord message in which a modder announced they were shutting down their server for fear of legal action, they expressed their anger at VRChat’s path.
They claim: “This is extremely dangerous behavior by VRChat and not only means that VRC modding is dead, but that other communities could be next.
“As a reminder, NSFW content and activity is against VRChat’s Terms of Service, so I wouldn’t be surprised if this could be your next target.”
VRChat has responded to these claims by saying, “Whenever you take something from users, it will always cause pain — even if there’s a good reason for it.”
“In this case, releasing EAC was something we had to do for the safety of our users.”
Facing concerns that EAC has also prevented accessibility mods that add features like sign language, VRChat has said it’s trying to fix those issues.
“Unfortunately, accessibility mods have been caught in the crossfire. We fixed that as soon as possible.
“Last Friday we put 12 accessibility and quality of life features into a live” open beta. “
VRChat also denies the allegation that the cease and desist letter was filed because of mods.
It said: “It is true that we have sent out a cease and desist letter – but it has nothing to do with the situation with EAC and the modding community.”
“The person it was sent to made a copy of our services to bypass our security, violate our copyrights, and additionally threatened us with malicious actions such as publishing exploit information.”
Since the EAC update, player counts have dropped to around 20,000 concurrent users.
It’s unclear if the VRChat purge will eventually result in a player base recovery, or if the modding community was the primary reason for its success.
Written by Georgina Young on behalf of GOOD LUCK AND HAVE FUN.
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