Nickelodeon Joins The Roblox Metaverse With An Officially Licensed Nickverse Experience, But Players Are Not Happy

Image via Roblox Nickverse Nickelodeon (Nick) has become the first TV channel to join the Roblox Metaverse with the launch of its official Nickverse experience. Within this experience, players can interact with a variety of notable Nickelodeon characters, including Spongebob Squarepants, Jimmy Neutron, and Aang, participate in themed mini-games, and explore numerous Nickelodeon universes. Despite these possibilities, however, many Roblox players are unhappy with the arrival of Nickverse. Since its BETA release on July 6, 2022, Nickverse has been met with mixed reviews. With over five million visits and 67,000 favorites, it’s no surprise that the experience has nearly 8,000 likes. What’s surprising, however, when looking at Nickverse from the surface is that the experience also has nearly 4,000 dislikes. Considering how popular and popular Nickelodeon is around the world, these many dislikes might seem oddly overwhelming. It’s only when social media app Twitter gets involved that the reason for the overwhelming backlash towards Nickverse becomes apparent. When Nickelodeon tweeted the video announcing the release of the experience, it was met with a plethora of negative responses that all reiterated the same statement: “Bring back the squishy construction project.” Released in early 2022, The Spongy Construction Project was a fan-made experience created by a small development team of the same name that allowed players to choose from eight SpongeBob characters and explore an incredibly in-depth recreation and well-designed of the beloved bikini bottom. In its short duration, The Spongy Construction Project managed to receive 8.2 million visits, 25,000 favorites, almost 8,000 likes and only 400 dislikes. Unfortunately, this experience was removed due to a copyright strike from Paramount, Nickelodeon’s parent company, on June 26, 2022. Since the experience was removed, many gamers have expressed their opinions about Twitter regarding the decision, including their feelings towards Nickverse. Give The Sponge Construction a license, instead of agreeing to this garbage. You can do better. — Lodek (@LodekRBX) July 7, 2022 Why couldn’t they at least allow Project Sponge which is 100 times better than this- — xanism❤🧡💛💚💙💜🇬🇧🎗 (@xanism1) July 13, 2022 Related: Leaked documents show that Roblox was ready for Chinese censorship These statements include notes stating that the squishy building project was a non-profit experiment, meaning the developers did not make any money from its existence and did not benefit financially from Nickelodeon’s intellectual property, and that the creators attempted to contact Nickelodeon several times about a license, but never received a response. Because of this, many players feel that The Spongy Project was unfairly deleted for no good reason. Ah. That’s why you canceled the Squishy construction project. A non-profit game. For your profitable game. for no competition. Hum — *vine boom* (@hellomate876543) July 7, 2022 Help @spongeis6 get his game back The Spongy Construction Project was a fun roblox game. pic.twitter.com/We6utP0lnq — Josh (@Zapthedeveloper) July 8, 2022 Paramount and Nickelodeon have yet to comment on these statements, and likely won’t anytime soon. In situations where experiences are removed due to copyright infringement, the decisions are often final and far more black and white than those on the outside assume. While there are exceptions to this normalcy, they don’t happen very often. More than likely, The Squishy Building Project will go down as a fan-favorite experience of the past, and the Nickverse will attempt to follow in its broad and seemingly impossible to fill footsteps. Interested in more Roblox news? Check out our recent posts on Leaks Reveal a Roblox x Razer Collab Could Be Coming Soon or Is Kim Kardashian Suing Roblox? | Everything you need to know about the Kardashian X Roblox feud here at our guides!

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