Activision accused of plagiarising artist for Call of Duty DLC

By Sean Lawson,

Activision Blizzard is once again embroiled in allegations of plagiarism after an artist has come forward calling out the billion-dollar company. The post shows the striking similarities between the Floof Fury DLC and their art.

Activision-Blizzard is being accused of plagiarising artwork for the new and upcoming Call of Duty DLC. The DLC will be coming to Call of Duty Vanguard on PS4, PS5 consoles in the near future. This is not the first time that the billion-dollar company has been accused of plagiarising work for its Call of Duty franchise.

Call of Duty Vanguard's new DLC may have been plagerised

As reported by OtakuKart, artist Saillin took to Twitter with the allegation that Activision-Blizzard had stolen their artwork that they had originally posted on ArtStation. In the Tweet, Saillin points out a bunch of similarities between his artwork and the new character skin that will be included in the Floof Fury DLC for COD Vanguard.

"Hello everyone, I am Saillin, I am the original artist that the upcoming COD Vanguard Samoyed skin was plagiarised from. I only just found out at the time of the announcement that my work was plagiarised. Even though I am also a COD player, I am very disappointed to see my work being plagiarised by a big company like Activision in this way. I have reached out to Activision for an explanation and/or compensation, and hopefully the situation will be settled soon. As an individual artist, I can only do so much, and I have to speak out about this to stop things like this happening again in the future."

Saillin has also had an interview with Jake Lucky, a YouTuber and Twitch Stream who reports on the various topics that unravel in the gaming industry. At current the interview is not out, but, as soon as it drops we will update this article with any new information that is revealed to us.

Activision is yet to comment on the fiasco at hand. If it does, hopefully, it can provide some form of resolution and either own up to the plagiarism or has an explanation as to why there are so many similarities to Saillin's original artwork. Saillin posted their artwork onto ArtStation back in 2019, so it has been circulating the web for quite some time now.

Call of Duty VanguardDo you think this is plagiarism?

With this scorned artist speaking up online and going public with this alleged information, fans from all around the world are voicing their opinions on the matter. A Reddit post on the matter has now garnered over 150K upvotes. The post is littered with fans voicing their opinions on the situation, with a big chunk supporting the artist and calling out Activision. However, there are a number of individuals who are also on Activision's side, pointing out how it could merely be a coincidence and the artist should be grateful
for the exposure.

Sony is also openly discussing Activision-Blizzard as well, with the company arguing that Call of Duty is too big for Microsoft acquisition, games like Modern Warfare 2 and any other COD releases should also come to PlayStation consoles. How do you guys feel about this plagiarising allegation? Do you think it was merely a coincidence? Or do you think there is something more sinister at work here? Let me know all your thoughts and feelings in the comments below!
Sean Lawson
Written by Sean Lawson
Sean is a Staff Writer with a focus on the geekiest Sony news. He writes stories about PlayStation exclusives such as Demon’s Souls, Marvel’s Wolverine, as well as RPGs. Sean’s favourite games include Mass Effect, Tomb Raider, Tekken, and Persona.