MultiVersus players have started reporting that modded videos and streams for the PC version of the game have received takedown notices from publisher Warner Bros.
Multiple reports of video removals have surfaced in recent weeks. a takedown directed to a YouTube video (opens in a new tab) with skins of Steve from Minecraft and All Might from My Hero Academia. Other targeted a Twitch streamer (opens in a new tab) who replaced the game’s main menu background with an image of Breaking Bad.
Tony Huynh, director of MultiVersus confirmed (opens in a new tab) that the last takedown was “because you have been transmitting with a modified client”. Huynh has fiance (opens in a new tab) to “have a deeper discussion about what’s going on with the team running this” on behalf of the community. Earlier this month, Huynh indicated (opens in a new tab) that “you have no control over this”.
We’ve reached out to Warner Bros for comment and will update when we know more.
It’s unclear if these video removals will eventually translate into account bans for players using mods, but that’s part of the community concern: lack of official clarity on MultiVersus’ mod policy. For now, the players are warning each other (opens in a new tab) modify at your own risk.
The game itself doesn’t put many barriers in the way of mods. It’s as simple as putting a ‘mods’ folder in your MultiVersus installation folder and copying a mod file to it. The vast majority of mods currently available are purely cosmetic, such as replacing Batman with a Master Chief skin, and those mods are only visible to the player who installed them.
Of course, MultiVersus is free to play and its business model is based around selling cosmetic items to players, and it could just be that WB doesn’t want anything to interrupt that revenue stream.
MultiVersus Season 1 seems to be going up fast.