Warner Brother Games is officially cracking down on streamers and content creators who use MultiVersus Modded content in their videos and uploads, earning said creators copyright strikes.
The Super Smash Bros-like game MultiVersus came out with a bang, where some of the biggest content creators and streamers immediately picked up on the game and began creating content based on the intense fights and multiplayer modes. Of course, as with many other games out there, mods were created to enhance things such as the look of characters, such as making WonderWoman more buff and skins that aren't available in-game. The creators took to the mods and began streaming content using these mods, which apparently is no longer allowed.
Modding is nothing new in the gaming industry, but it seems as of late, especially with games that utilize Easy Anti-Cheat have been really slamming down the hammer on those who choose to use mods. In July 2022, VRChat also decided to completely eradicate the use of mods, which sent the players into a state of outrage, as some of these mods were for making the game more inclusive.
Players of the game who posted videos using these mods have been receiving takedown notices directly from Warner Brothers Games, one of which targeted a YouTube video where the creator had used a Steve from Minecraft skin. After that, a Twitch streamer also received a notice after they were discovered using a Breaking Bad background within the game rather than the standard MultiVersus background on the Main Menu.
The players of the game took to Twitter and the MultiVersus Discord channel to elaborate on their findings, and Tony Huynh the Director of MultiVersus responded on Twitter in reply to a gamer who goes by RedshellOW, stating,
"After investigation, it's because you've been streaming with a modded client."
Further investigation from someone who is being referred to as a "high-level player" apparently was able to chat with Tony Huynh directly over voice chat, where he allegedly stated that mods will not be something that will be tolerated long term, and could end up with the players account being banned. The Discord chat states that WB is not happy whatsoever with the current use of these mods, due to skins being their main money maker. With the use of mods, gamers may not opt to purchase these new skins from WB themselves, meaning they will lose out on that income down the line as the game progresses and grows.
To read the full tweet that was sent out by @GhostsSoup regarding the takedown notices, check out the gamer's Tweet.