Activision Blizzard is being accused of stealing skin designs from artists for use in Call of Duty: Warzone.
Call of Duty: Warzone is full of new cosmetics but a recent skin has rubbed the gaming community the wrong way. The new Warzone Floof Fury skin is based on the Samoyed breed of dog and part of the upcoming Floof Fury pack. While it was initially met with “good boy” comments and squeals of joy over its cute design, an artist stated that it may not be as innocent of a skin as previously thought.
On July 29, an artist posted stated that the design for the skin was directly lifted from a piece they had previously done. The artist using the handle Saillin stated they were not even aware that the skin was being used until it was announced.
“Even though I am also a CoD player, I am very disappointed to see my work being plagiarized by a big company like Activision in this way,” Saillin said.
Along with the accusations, Saillin included some screenshots as evidence that their design was taken without permission. The included image showed some spot-on similarities, down to the detailing of the pants.
Was Activision stealing fan artwork for a new Call of Duty: Warzone skin?
After seeing the images from Saillin, the Call of Duty fandom was quick to agree that the designs were identical. Many called out Blizzard, asking why they weren’t willing to pay artists for their work. Others pointed out that this isn’t the first time Blizzard has been accused of stealing work.
Blizzard has not responded to the accusations. While the images are very similar, it’s currently not proven that the Blizzard artist responsible for the Floof Fury skin was aware of Saillin’s artwork.