Kids smash figures and fight zombies on TV – VR headset rocket for insurance claims | UK News
According to the UK’s largest insurer, claims for accidental damage related to virtual reality (VR) headsets have risen sharply.
Claims for household items related to gaming headsets increased 31% over the past year and 68% in five years, Aviva said.
The average value of a VR-related claim is around £650, with TVs being the most damaged items.
The VR to ER Reddit forum showcases the various accidents that can happen in VR gaming, including people accidentally hitting others, running into walls, or throwing controllers across the room.
Aviva said it has already received a handful of claims this year for people wearing VR headsets falling or hitting TV screens, and more incidents are expected in the coming months as virtual reality devices become a popular holiday gift have proved.
Claims so far include a customer who threw a controller into a TV when a zombie jumped out during a game, and a child who smashed two designer figurines as he swept them off the mantelpiece.
Several customers have also reported tipping over while wearing VR headsets, with some falling headfirst into their TVs and the screens shattering.
Kelly Whittington, UK Property Claims Director at Aviva, said: “As new games and gadgets become more popular, we often see this reflected in the claims of our customers.
“In the past we’ve seen similar trends in consoles with mobile phones, fitness games and even renegade fidget spinners!
“These gadgets can be a great source of fun, but we want to encourage people to be aware of their surroundings and take a look at their home insurance to make sure it meets their needs.”