The banned Roblox person can also be a well-liked and controversial YouTube creator, Ruben Sim
The Roblox Company is suing controversial Roblox content material creator Benjamin Robert Simon, higher identified on-line as Ruben Sim, for main a “cybermob” that they are saying terrorizes the Roblox platform and its builders. Roblox legal professionals filed the lawsuit Tuesday in a California courtroom, alleging that Simon “commits and encourages illegal acts designed to injure Roblox and its customers.”
Roblox is on the lookout for $1.6 million in damages.
Simon has a protracted historical past with the Roblox platform, from which he’s been banned for a number of years. He continues to entry the platform, nevertheless, by “hacking” and utilizing accounts created by different folks. He was banned, initially, for harassing customers and utilizing racist and homophobic slurs, in addition to for sexual harassment and importing pictures of Adolf Hitler, Roblox’s legal professionals mentioned. A few of this content material is uploaded to his YouTube and Patreon channels, the place he makes cash from them, they mentioned.
However most lately, Roblox legal professionals mentioned Simon posted “terrorist threats” that quickly shut down the Roblox Builders Convention in San Francisco in October. In keeping with the lawsuit, Simon and his “cybermob” followers mentioned the YouTube headquarters capturing from April 2018, by which Simon reportedly mentioned “wait till [someone] does it to Roblox.” Through the occasion, Simon reportedly posted a message on Twitter suggesting that San Francisco police have been “trying to find infamous Islamic Extremist” at RDC 2021. He and others continued to put up faux threats like these — together with one which reportedly mentioned “Don’t come to RDC tomorrow” — legal professionals mentioned.
The occasion was delayed and “pressured into a brief lockdown whereas native police and personal safety performed a search to safe the ability,” in line with the lawsuit. Roblox mentioned it price $50,000 to analyze and safe RDC after the incident. Simon has since deleted a lot of his tweets.
Additionally outlined within the lawsuit is Simon’s “focused harassment” towards Roblox customers and workers in-game and on social media.
Roblox is suing him for fraud and breach of contract, amongst 4 different counts. Neither Simon nor Roblox has returned Polygon’s request for remark.
Roblox is basically a platform for teenagers, estimated to be worth $45 billion. Greater than merely a recreation, Roblox is a platform that lets folks construct video games and worlds: There are literally thousands of video games on the platform and storefront, the New York Times reported, with a median of 32.6 million folks logged in every day in 2020.
Folks speak about Roblox so much as a result of there’s reportedly some huge cash to be made with it — young developers have earned millions per year. The platform itself and the video games inside are free, however gamers can spend Robux, a digital forex tied to actual cash, on in-game objects. Roblox’s video games differ wildly; there are first-person shooters and Squid Game remakes alongside roleplaying servers.
The corporate has been criticized for reportedly exploiting younger builders; a People Make Games investigation in August detailed the expertise of youngsters growing on the platform. It’s additionally a spot that’s attracted scammers and fascists, whilst Roblox ups its moderation efforts.