Call of Duty Warzone: Plagiarism Allegations Emerge Over New Dog Operator Design

A popular new furry Operator in Call of Duty Warzone has become the subject of plagiarism claims.

The new playable character, launching alongside the upcoming one Terminator Bundle, you can buy and play as a “Loyal Samoyed” – a soldier with the head of a very, very good boy. You can see the design below in a promotional image from developer Raven Software.

The Loyal Samoyed skin from Call of Duty Warzone and Vanguard.  Credit: Raven Software

The Loyal Samoyed skin from Call of Duty Warzone and Vanguard. Credit: Raven Software

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

“I’m the original artist whose upcoming CoD Vanguard Samoyed skin has been plagiarized,” they said on Twitter (below). “Although I am also a CoD player, I am very disappointed to see my work being plagiarized in this way by a large company like Activision.”

“I have reached out to Activision for clarification and/or compensation, and hopefully the situation will be resolved soon,” they explained. “As an individual artist there is only so much I can do, and I need to speak up about this to prevent things like this from happening again in the future.”

The artist uploaded their original design (dubbed ‘Samoye Medical’) to the online portfolio website ArtStation in December 2019, so there’s little argument that their work preceded the upcoming CoD skin.

Even more interesting, after these allegations, Raven Software has since removed the mention of the “Loyal Samoyed” skin from its website. As noted by polygona blog post announcing that the skin has updated since then to remove images and mentions from the design. In addition, tweets promoting skin have also been removed.

We have reached out to Activision Blizzard for comment.

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Sail Lin is a concept artist from Shenzen, China, whose portfolio includes an entire catalog of weapon designs a set of cute dolls on battle gear.

Whether Lin will be contacted by Activision or Raven Software remains to be seen. But it looks like this take on man’s best friend isn’t going to make it to the Warzone – at least not for now.

Activision Blizzard was previously sued for the likeness of an Operator, after photographer Clayton Haugen claimed the game’s Mara character was based on images he captured of a cosplayer. That case was later settled.

Ryan Leston is an entertainment journalist and film critic for IGN. You can follow him on Twitter.

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