Editorial: Gaming / Facebook / Twitter / YouTube / Instagram / News / Discord /Telegram / Google News Plagiarism in the video game industry, unfortunately, is more common than one thinks. Now, the companies responsible for the Call of Duty franchise are in the eye of the hurricane after an artist spoke on social networks and pointed out the alleged theft of one of his designs. An update debuted this week which, among many other things, brought in new themed skins from the Terminator franchise. In a post on the war franchise’s official blog, Activision showed off those new features and also revealed a new look for operator Kim Tae Young that will debut in Season 4. The suit in question is inspired by a huge Samoyed dog that, admittedly, it looks very adorable. Unfortunately, controversy reared its head very soon after a freelance artist took to his personal Twitter account to publicly accuse Raven Software and Activision of ripping off one of his designs and using it in the multiplayer game.
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“I am very disappointed”, artist accuses Call of Duty: Warzone of plagiarism
According to the Polygon portal, the conceptual illustrator Sail Lin uploaded to the ArtStation website the concept of a character named Samoye Medical in December 2019. In the image we see a bipedal dog carrying a weapon and wearing military clothing. Certainly, the design is the same as the new Call of Duty skin. The similarities did not go unnoticed by the artist, who accused the companies responsible for the online video game of using his work without previously contacting him or giving him financial compensation.
“Although I am also a CoD player, I am very disappointed to see my work being plagiarized in this way by a big company like Activision. I have contacted them for an explanation and/or compensation, and I hope the situation will be resolved soon. As an independent artist, it’s the most I can do and I have to speak up about it to prevent things like this from happening again,” Sail Lin said. Since the accusation gained traction on social media, Raven Software has modified the original blog post to remove images referencing Kim Tae Young’s skin. Also, all social media posts mentioning and showing the suit have since been removed.
In case you missed it: They accuse mobile game of being a copy of Call of Duty: Modern Warfare We will have to wait to find out how this situation evolves and if the company will address the controversy publicly in an official statement. In the meantime, we remind you that this is not the first time that the Call of Duty franchise has been accused of plagiarism. Last year, fans noticed that a promotional image for Modern Warfare looked identical to a Goblin Slayer opening segment. But tell us, what do you think of this situation? Let us read you in the comments. You will find more news related to Call of Duty: Warzone if you click here.
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