Saillin, a concept artist, has accused Activision Blizzard of copying their work in a recent Operator skin that was added to Call of Duty: Vanguard and Warzone in the Season four mid-season update. The skin bears a striking resemblance to one of Saillins original paintings, and the artist has explained that they have reached out to the company for compensation.
The Operator skin in question is the Samoye Skin, which is a part of the Floor Fury Tracer Pack. It's a skin that makes your character appear like a samoyed dog dressed up in full military outfits. As noted in a tweet by Saillin, the skin uses many elements from their original artwork. The reason they feel comfortable saying this has been plagiarized is because they created their image two years before the skin was released.
COD Vanguard Samoye skin plagiarism is a problem, so I need to explain it.https://t.co/ltHTSNhEtf #COD #Vanguard @Activision pic.twitter.com/OD2M4WNUms
The news has rapidly spread among the Call of Duty fans, and has already sparked an outrage from Activision Blizzard. The entire blog post detailing all the changes to the Season 4 mid-season update has been deleted, as well as all social media accounts that have shared an image or mentioned the skin in the past.