July 05, 2022 13:10
Virtual characters are becoming popular in Korea as more and more YouTubers seek to conceal their true identities over privacy concerns. They use motion-capture apps so the virtual characters mimic their movements.
One 29-year-old who posts his song and dance covers using a character on YouTube said, "I'd wanted to open my own YouTube channel for quite a long time but couldn't because I was worried about my privacy being exposed. Then I found out about these virtual characters and finally had guts to start it."
Video tutorials called things like "How to Create a Virtuber" offer easy step-by-step instructions. Such apps are particularly popular among YouTubers who also have other jobs and do not want their employers to know, or people who prefer not to be seen for other reasons, perhaps because they are scared of overzealous fans or public vilification.
Another big draw is novelty value as the fun characters appeal to a younger audience.
A 23-year-old YouTuber said, "It's not difficult at all to create a virtual character and I've found it a lot of fun."
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