Call of Duty Warzone: Accusations of plagiarism emerge over designing a new canine client

A popular new furry client in Call of Duty Warzone has become the subject of plagiarism allegations.

A new playable character, due to be released alongside the upcoming Terminator bundle, allows you to buy and play as “Loyal Samoyed” – a soldier with a very good boy head. You can see the design below in a promotional image from developer Raven Software.

Loyal Samoyed skin from Call of Duty Warzone and Vanguard. (Image credit: Raven Software)

However, concept artist Sail Lin claims that the design was stolen from a piece they created over two years ago:

They said on Twitter (below): “I’m the original artist whose next CoD Vanguard Samoyed skin was stolen from.” “Although I am also a CoD player, I am very disappointed to see my work being impersonated by a big company like Activision in this way.”

“I have contacted Activision for explanation and/or compensation, and I hope the situation will be resolved soon,” they explained. “As a solo artist, I can’t do much, and I have to talk about this to stop things like this from happening again in the future.”

The artist uploaded his original design (called ‘Samoye Medical’) to his online portfolio site ArtStation in December 2019, so there’s little arguing that their work preceded CoD’s upcoming appearance.

More interestingly, after the accusations, Raven Software has since removed reference to the “Loyal Samoyed” appearance from its website. As noted by Polygon, a blog post announcing the theme has been updated to remove images and references to the design. In addition to tweets promoting skin Also removed.

We have contacted Activision Blizzard for comment.

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Sail Lin is a concept artist from Shenzen, China, whose portfolio includes a full catalog of weapon designs along with a selection of cute dolls on combat gear.

It remains to be seen if Lin will be contacted by Activision or Raven Software. But it looks like this game about man’s best friend won’t be heading to Warzone — at least, not right now.

Activision Blizzard has previously been sued over a quasi-client, after photographer Clayton Haugen claimed the game’s character Mara was based on photos he took of a costume agent. This case was later settled.

Ryan Liston is an entertainment journalist and film critic for IGN. you can follow it Twitter.

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