Activision Blizzard is accused of copying artist's work for Vanguards Samoyed Skin

Activision Blizzard is accused of copying artist's work for Vanguards Samoyed Skin ...

Concept Artist Saillin 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 Saillin's original paintings, and the artist has stated that they have reached out to the company for compensation.

The Operator skin in question is the Samoyed Skin, which is 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. The reason they feel comfortable declaring this to be plagiarized is that they created their image two years before this one was released.

COD Vanguard Samoye skin plagiarism is to be explained.https://t.co/ltHTSNhEtf #COD #Vanguard @Activision pic.twitter.com/OD2M4WNUms

Saillin identifies several visual reference points that appear to have been removed from their artwork like for life. They claim to have reached out to Activision Blizzard and expect to be compensated. They claim to have never wanted this to happen again.

This news has quickly circulated among the Call of Duty communities, and has already sparked a response from Activision Blizzard. The blog post describing all of the new features in this Season 4 mid-season update, such as new Operator Ikenna Olowe, has been modified, removing all references to the skin and bundle. The same applies to all associated social media accounts that have shared a picture or mentioned the skin in the past.

Activision Blizzard has been accused of stealing artwork from Call of Duty skins for the first time. A character in Call of Duty: Modern Warfare, Mara, allegedly stole belongings from an artist outside of the company.