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Oddities of virtual reality: Insurance claims spike as gamers crash into furniture – ​Metaverse magic

With the rise (and improvement) of virtual reality, more and more people have gotten onto the bandwagon, with Meta (formerly Facebook) even planning for a massive virtual reality, dubbed the metaverse.

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​Crash and burn

As more and more people play games using virtual reality, incidents of people falling over in their houses and breaking furniture have increased, with insurance claims seeing a 31% jump in UK over the past year.

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Screens pay the price

The most common damage has been smashed screens, with insurance provider Aviva telling the Guardian that the average claim is around £650, “often from broken TVs smashed by overenthusiastic gamers”

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​Wild claims

Over the past year Aviva has seen claims ranging from a user throwing a controller at his TV to a child smashing two designer figurines during a “swipe” move.

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​Of course there’s a subreddit

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​Of course there’s a subreddit

With many getting VR devices for Christmas, the content is unlikely to run out, with a subreddit called r/VRtoER collating the various mishaps caused by people engrossed in virtual battles.

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Source: https://economictimes.indiatimes.com/news/international/business/oddities-of-virtual-reality-insurance-claims-spike-as-gamers-crash-into-furniture/slideshow/89721053.cms

Donovan Larsen

Donovan is a columnist and associate editor at the Dark News. He has written on everything from the politics to diversity issues in the workplace.

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