Call of Duty accused of plagiarism over another skin design

Sean Carey - August 17th 2022

Activision is facing fresh allegations of plagiarism over a new Call of Duty: Warzone and Call of Duty: Vanguard skin that looks similar to a design from Dr Disrespect's upcoming first-person shooter, Deadrop.

Recently, Activision was accused of copying a design for the Loyal Samoyed skin for Operator Kim Tae Young. Shortly after these accusations came to light, Activision apologised and pulled the skin from both Warzone and Vanguard. Now, Activision is facing a second claim of plagiarism over the new Doomslayer skin.

Call of Duty facing fresh plagiarism claims

On Twitter, shortly after the new Doomslayer skin was revealed, users began pointing out how similar it looked to a character design from Deadrop, a new FPS developed by Dr Disrespect's studio, Midnight Society, that also features NFTs.

While not directly referencing the tweet, Robert Bowling, an ex-Infinity Ward developer who is the studio head of Midnight Society later tweeted, "At least name it after me."

However, not everyone believes that Activision has ripped off Midnight Society, with many saying that it simply could be a coincidence and that the skin is a classic sci-fi design that could potentially be seen in any game. At the time of writing, Activision has not issued a statement over the controversy.

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