We published Vrerience under a commercial license because it’s intended for professional use. It’s a Virtual Reality Therapy (VRT) library that isn’t intended for regular customers in order to treat themselves (which would also be difficult since each program requires a second person outside VR to control what happens inside the simulation). A commercial license gets this point across, and it’s a more sensible way to sell our products since it’s meant for therapists to make a living using Vrerience in their therapies. This is also why we don’t have plans to release Vrerience under a standard Steam consumer license. We believe that VRT is a very delicate and serious therapeutic (exposure) method, and wouldn’t want it to fall into the wrong hands.
You can think of Vrerience as a “Netflix” for professional therapists. However, because a therapist won’t always need all of the programs Vrerience has to offer, we made Vrerience itself free and each individual simulation requires a small monthly fee. Each month you can choose which subscription to end or to extend. This allows a therapist to decide their own total monthly fee, based on their current, specific group of clients.
Our main goal is to make VRT much more accessible to independent therapists than it usually is. With most VRT developers, you buy a complete library for thousands of dollars. This isn’t affordable for many independent therapists, so VRT remained largely unused. With the Vrerience initiative, we want to change this. We also hope to make Vrerience a community-driven initiative. We listen to feedback and use it for frequent updates. We also invite interested programmers to build simulations for us (in exchange for royalties) and have psychologists evaluate and communicate whether or not it is suitable for therapeutic means.
Indeed, we see a drop in sales, and also paused our own VRT practice for the time being. We simply can’t risk the health hazards by letting multiple clients use the same VR headset. Public health and safety comes first, so I hope that other therapists also take this into account, regardless of what this means for our sales. We’ll also notify our registered users to exercise caution using the headset for public use.