League of Legends players have accused Riot Games of plagiarizing an artist for the creation of the skin art of the Skin Bel’veth Battle Chief . The new cosmetic will arrive on the occasion of the champion’s launch in the next 12.11 patch and is one of the most spectacular aspects that have accompanied the premiere of a character. However, his illustration has been the reason for a great controversy in the community. According to many players, who provide forceful evidence, the company would have plagiarized one of the key elements of Splash art.

controversy by plagiarism in the splash art by Bel’veth

Some skins of the “battle leaders” belonging to the “Arcade” cosmetic line include elements that seek to honor other video games. This is the case of the cosmetic that Riven and Blitzcrank share, which shows a character selector similar to fighting titles. The reference is more than evident, although the differences with any known game are very large. However, in the case of the new Skin of Bel’veth there are hardly any distinctions and Riot Games could have copied the mod created by a member of the Terraria community .

The truth is that The life bar looks extremely similar , with just a few elements modified at the edges. The community, which has realized the similarities, has even carried out a pixel comparison by Pixel to realize that even the changes and color happen in the same coordinates of the image. Something similar occurs with the red degraded inside this life bar. The creation of Riot is, in many ways, identical to the original version created by Tyler and shared freely with the Steam community.

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Before turning on those torches, there are several circumstances that could explain the similarities. Almost all the elements in which the company has been accused of plagiarism has a common factor. They are artistic pieces subcontracted to self-employed workers outside the company . This happened in the case of an emoticon that Riot Games ended up changing. The case would be tremendously similar, since the company also usually subcontract many of the illustrations created for its skins. In this case, the ruling would not realize the situation.

The artist lives in the state of California, where Riot also has its offices. In response to this situation, the possibility that who has done the original work has also been in charge of the splash art of Bel’veth has even been mentioned. In this sense, although the copy remains a reuse that it might not like, the practice would hardly be reproachable. However, to finish clarifying the mess, an official response from League of Legends developers will have to wait. Of course, we will be here to tell you the conclusion.

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