They’re deprecating v1 in 30 days. https://medium.com/walletconnect/walletconnect-v1-0-sunset-notice-and-migration-schedule-8af9d3720d2e
Yeah, I heard about this...I think most apps will just stick to v1. Connecting a wallet should be a public good & table stakes, not an Avenue for rent extraction. Though I understand they have to build a business.