There’s been a troubling development in the world of Minecraft YouTubers, one that could unravel the community.
According to a report by Vice’s Motherboard, it has come out that several Minecraft YouTubers have been abusing their popularity and connections with the super popular game to prey on underage fans.
The issue exploded when YouTuber Lionmaker posted nude pictures of a fifteen year old girl, and claimed he had sexual relations with her via Skype. Lionmaker also allegedly committed sexual assault on other minors, including a sixteen year old boy and a twelve year old girl.
The worst part is Lionmaker’s repulsive acts were not an isolated incident of a popular Minecraft YouTuber taking advantage of young fans. YouTubers Yamimash and Miniladdd both were embroiled in controversy when they sent obscene messages to a fourteen year old. One of these YouTubers, Lee Carson, was even convicted of sexual misconduct. All Minecraft YouTubers mentioned above all continue to make videos.
A Microsoft spokesperson gave this response when asked about the issue:
Helping promote a safe online experience for children has always been a priority for us. We encourage parents to play an active role in monitoring their children’s online activity.
Minecraft has surpassed 22 million units sold on PC alone and is available on a range of platforms. It has also been adapted for an educational edition.
Beyond Minecraft essentially being ruined forever, neither Microsoft nor Mojang can be held accountable for the actions of the Minecraft YouTubers under the provisions of the UN convention on the rights of the child, the onus should be on them to ensure their products do not enable illegal, and unethical activity as a matter of corporate responsibility. Nintendo shut down Swapnote for this very reason.