The banned Roblox person can also be a preferred 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 attorneys filed the lawsuit Tuesday in a California court docket, alleging that Simon “commits and encourages illegal acts designed to injure Roblox and its customers.”
Roblox is searching for $1.6 million in damages.
Simon has an extended historical past with the Roblox platform, from which he’s been banned for a number of years. He continues to entry the platform, nonetheless, 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 photographs of Adolf Hitler, Roblox’s attorneys stated. A few of this content material is uploaded to his YouTube and Patreon channels, the place he makes cash from them, they stated.
However most just lately, Roblox attorneys stated 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 taking pictures from April 2018, through which Simon reportedly stated “wait till [someone] does it to Roblox.” In the course of the occasion, Simon reportedly posted a message on Twitter suggesting that San Francisco police had been “looking for infamous Islamic Extremist” at RDC 2021. He and others continued to submit faux threats like these — together with one which reportedly stated “Don’t come to RDC tomorrow” — attorneys stated.
The occasion was delayed and “pressured into a short lived lockdown whereas native police and personal safety performed a search to safe the power,” based on the lawsuit. Roblox stated it price $50,000 to research 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 staff 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 essentially a platform for teenagers, estimated to be worth $45 billion. Greater than merely a sport, Roblox is a platform that lets folks construct video games and worlds: There are millions of video games on the platform and storefront, the New York Times reported, with a mean of 32.6 million folks logged in every day in 2020.
Folks discuss Roblox lots 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 gadgets. Roblox’s video games range 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 creating on the platform. It’s additionally a spot that’s attracted scammers and fascists, at the same time as Roblox ups its moderation efforts.