The Sims 4’s latest policy update is causing tension and panic among modern users

On July 21, EA published a Update For The Sims 4’s policy regarding modding and content creation. While the post states that EA understands that mods are a “critical part” of the player experience and outlined how the player can re-enable mods after the Sims 4’s latest update is automatically disabled. It also established a new set of rules for content creators. And modders – and not everyone is happy about them.

According to EA’s new guidelines, Sims 4 custom content creators are no longer allowed to promote mods “in a way that suggests they are endorsed by or affiliated with The Sims, Maxis, or Electronic Arts.” As such, creators are prohibited from using any game logo or trademark “including versions of Plumbob, or prominent art designs” to promote their creations.

While this may be an inconvenience for modders, the second set of terms is proving to be far more controversial. According to the post, all content created by modders should now be distributed to the public for free. Mods may no longer be “sold, licensed or rented for a fee,” nor may they contain features that support “monetary transactions of any kind.” EA said creators are free to “recoup their development costs” by running ads on their websites to generate revenue and donations — as long as any in-game content they create is behind a paywall.

Shortly after it was announced, content creators began speculating whether this would affect the community’s popular early access pay model, in which creators provide mods and custom content on sites like Patreon before paying customers. Huh. for public access. Earlier today, Twitter user MarlynSims96 shared a conversation she had with a member of EA’s support staff, indicating that was the case.

While EA hasn’t added a clause explicitly stating the early access model is prohibited, this tweet – along with the new “non-commercial” requirement – implies that this is the case. While some members of the community are celebrating the decisionOthers are concerned with the new policies, which would essentially make all modified content free for all players.

“Early Access pricing is now being targeted by EA, when this was not a problem before,” said popular Sims 4 architect and EA creator kawaii foxita Told GameSpot. “Using Early Access as a way to secure some funding for the work these creators are doing is, to me, a great way and I’m going to benefit from paying creators getting early access to their creations. Totally support it. This is something I am doing. Don’t think the EA should be removed. People deserve some form of compensation for work and time, so early access is a good way to do this Is.”

For some, this compensation has proved vital to their daily lives. in their Patreon Post Regarding the change in policy, producer Jellypause wrote that the Patreon funding is part of what enabled them to pay for their rent, medication and other necessities.

“Early access to Patreon is the only reason I can afford my medicines, food, pet care and apartment, so I can stand above my disabled father and take care of him,” wrote Jellypause. “It’s really upsetting to see early access end, but I hope you all can continue to support my work, even without early access.”

jellypause The Sims 4 is a multiple of modders who used Patreon and an Early Access model as a means of income, but are now eliminating the perk as a result of EA’s new policies. Another modder, ChewyButterfly, has found himself in the same situation.

ChewyButterfly wrote, “Patreon has been helping me buy the tiniest of groceries over the past few months when my job was falling apart.” Patreon, “I am really hoping that EA will issue another statement clarifying early access, as they did not state especially that it was not allowed. But until then, no more early access.”

The Sims 4 community is on reddit massive appreciation Makers like Jellypaws and ChewyButterfly, who chose to pivot with EA’s new rules — albeit with frustration with those who “misused” paywall protocols put creators in this position.

However, there are some creators who are choosing to maintain current business practices. Felixandre, one of the most popular The Sims 4 content creators, made no mention of the policy changes on his Twitter or Patreon. Right now, Felixandre has 4,433 patrons, each of whom contributes at least $5 a month to the creator. Similarly, aggressive kitty (which sits at 649 patrons paying at least $6 per month), hey harry (4,293 patrons pay at least $2 per month), and Sixum CC There is no mention of intention to stop. maxismatchccworld And adeep indigo The two shared their thoughts about EA’s new policy on their Patreon, but have said that they will continue to trade as usual until it becomes clear that the early access model is prohibited. In the end, both cow plant And pixelvibesims Reddit has come under fire for finding “flaws” in the terms of the EA. Both creators have stated that they are severing any ties with The Sims 4 franchise and that the 3D models they create are their own property.

Ultimately the issue is a divisive one, with members of the Sims 4 community finding themselves in different places on a wide spectrum of views on the matter.

“As someone who builds primarily with custom content, I can understand why people are unhappy with paywalls.” Kawai Foxita said. “In the beginning it didn’t really bother me because I was of the mindset that these people deserved to be paid for the time and effort to create these amazing nets and properties. They are artists at the end of the day and I support I do artists’ work where I can. That said, I also understand how this can happen to people who can’t afford to and people who believe these people are breaking the terms of service. “

However, KawaiiFoxita raised another good point. The Sims 4 community has largely credited modders for being some of the first responders when there were bugs in the game, and brought more and more players to the franchise through their massive free additions.

“Many people who use mods and CCs feel that without them the game would be impossible in its current state. Therefore, with the removal of income for many modders, it may mean that they no longer make – and if they don’t last long, you risk losing a large portion of your player base,” Kawai Foxita said. “EA should really pay attention to what is happening within the modding and custom content communities and consider hiring these creators to help them implement these features/assets within the game itself. , so that they can be rolled out to more PC players and these people can be rewarded for everything they do.”

Update: In an email to GameSpot, EA has confirmed The Sims 4 modders Permission to continue using early-access periods,

The Sims team just updated The Sims 4 Mode FAQ To clarify, all users should be able to access the mod completely for free,” an EA representative told GameSpot. “Although creators can still run a reasonable early-access period for their content.

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