Roblox was accused of child labor exploitation by a video investigation made by the YouTube channel People Make Games. Basically what is to all intents and purposes a development platform, owes its success to the unpaid or poorly paid work of the minors who attend it, who are milked in every possible way even when they step into the shoes of the developers.
According to what is reported in the video, Roblox has about 200 million active users per month, most of them between the ages of 9 and 15. Anyone who wants can devote himself to the creation of games using the internal tools, with the promise of being paid in case of success. The problem is that the part that belongs to the developers is minimal compared to what is collected by the company: 24.5% against, for example, 70% given by Steam and 88% given by the Epic Games Store and the Microsoft Store.
In addition to this, it is really difficult to get your game noticed on the Roblox store, given the few important spots available, against the more than 20 million works present. Young developers can only hope their games are organically successful, or they can pay to get the prime spots. Payments are made in Robux , the Roblox currency that can be purchased with real money or obtained by selling content to other users.
In short, the chances of a game being noticed are the same as a video on TikTok of going viral: almost non-existent, as confirmed by a young developer.
But there is also more, because Roblox pays users in Robux. Anyone wishing to turn them into real money would have to accumulate at least 100,000, but instead of receiving the $ 1,000 they are worth, only 350 would be credited, in line with the conversion rate established by the platform. Moreover, only the premium subscription of $ 5 per month gives the right to withdraw the money. You will understand that adding up all the convenience of developing games for Roblox is practically nothing, beyond the success stories that are never lacking and which serve, as usual, as a red herring.