Warzone dog skin leads to accusation of plagiarism by artist

A Call of Duty Warzone dog skin included in season 4 of the battle royale game has been hit with an accusation of plagiarism by an artist, causing controversy

Call of Duty Warzone 'Loyal Samoyed' skin - a human with the large, fluffy head of a Samoyed dog

August 11, 2022 –  Added comment from Activision.

A new Call of Duty Warzone dog skin included in season 4 of the battle royale game is the subject of controversy as an artist accuses Activision of plagiarising a design they created two years prior. The ‘Loyal Samoyed’ skin, introduced as part of the ‘Floof Fury’ tracer pack, replaces the head of operator Kim Tae Young with that of the giant, fluffy pup breed.

Concept artist Sail Lin claims that the skin, which also sports a black and white patterned scarf and blue camo clothing, closely resembles a design called ‘Samoye Medical’ that they uploaded to Artstation in December 2019. They posted comparison shots on their Twitter account, along with a statement about the situation.

“I am the original artist that the upcoming CoD Vanguard Samoyed skin was plagiarised from,” writes Sail Lin, “Even though I am a CoD player, I am very disappointed to see my work being plagiarised by a big company like Activision in this way.” They say that they have reached out to Activision to seek “an explanation and/or compensation.”

Warzone developer Raven Software has yet to respond to the allegations, although several mentions of the skin have been removed from both its official Twitter account and its website. Raven’s blog talking about the launch of Warzone season 4, which previously included images of the Loyal Samoyed skin, no longer features the images on the current version of the page (as noted by Polygon).

Update – August 11: Activision has now removed the Loyal Samoyed cosmetics. In a statement to Polygon, the Call of Duty publisher says, “We have the utmost respect for creativity and content creation. We love the Loyal Samoyed, but regrettably we erred in our process and have removed this imagery from the game. We apologise for the misstep.”

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