Riot Games denied a lady’s claim that her image was utilized without approval for a ‘League of Legends’ character
Discourse emerged in the wake of Stephanie’s post, with people trying to negate Stephanie’s allegations with a tweet that appeared to show that Seraphine was based upon another individual, even though Riot Games claims no person was the motivation for Seraphine.
On Thursday, a female who determined herself as Stephanie, stated in tweets and a post on Medium that she thought that the most recent “League of Legends” computer game character, Seraphine, may have been based on her.
In a Medium post entitled “The Problem With Seraphine,” Stephanie states that she believes Seraphine is based on her, citing comparable characteristics she showed the character along with a relationship that she had with a previous Riot Games worker in early 2019. The business develops “League of Legends” and developed Seraphine.
Riot Games writer Bethany Higa, who composed Seraphine’s tweets, informed Polygon that much of Seraphine’s story originated from her own battles with insecurity and imposter syndrome. However, innovative director Patrick Morales informed Polygon that “we likewise recognize that the story we picked had an unintentional effect beyond the story that we were trying to tell.”
Stephanie writes in the post that when she accepted John’s invitation to visit Riot’s head office in Los Angeles, he had actually publicly shown and internally dispersed a piece of composing she had done on Piltover and Zaun, two cities that are part of Seraphine’s tradition. She also claimed that he gifted her with posters and customized art that showed her as a “League” champ, which she showed in the post and said “Riot illustrators drew based on what he told/showed them about me.” Stephanie states in the post that their relationship ended when she canceled strategies to see him, after which he obstructed her.
Stephanie likewise declared that “while John never clearly discussed anything concrete, he did discuss a K/DA associated ‘surprise’ of something that would release around [her] birthday, which is on September 19th.” Stephanie didn’t state when this remark was made however did say earlier in the post that the two stopped talking in mid-2019. She then stated that a person of the only images from Seraphine’s Twitter account that features a date explicitly within the image itself is tied to September 19. That image was tweeted on September 19, 2020.
In Stephanie’s post, she composed, “While I don’t understand exactly what took place with her advancement, I didn’t make this up– I have actually employed a legal representative, and I’m seriously considering legal action.” In a statement provided to Expert, a Riot Games representative stated that “We take all claims of misappropriation seriously and instantly examined [Stephanie’s] claims after getting a legal need letter from her attorney last month. We verified that her claim of being the basis for Seraphine does not have benefit, communicated this to her lawyer, and welcomed him to further talk about the facts with us. We are still waiting on an action.”
The declaration likewise states that Seraphine was “produced by Riot Games and was not based on any individual, consisting of [Stephanie],” which the former Riot Games staff member that Stephanie referred to “left Riot more than a year earlier and remained in a department and role that has no input whatsoever into the creative design procedure.”
Insider has actually redacted discusses of Stephanie’s surname per Riot Games’ request and provided that it is not public on any of her own social networks. “Our company believe Stephanie and we wait her. I’m thankful she stepped forward with her story,” Mark Jaffe of TorMark Law, the attorney representing Stephanie, informed Expert. “As Riot Games mentioned, I have actually been in touch with the business’s legal representative and I can not reveal the content of our conversations.”
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Stephanie appears to have dealt with those responses on Twitter, referencing Riot Games’ declaration and writing, “it’s odd she’s ‘not based on any individual’ when individuals who disagree are posting … Individuals she’s based on.” Janelle Wavell-Jiminez, the f.
EuroGamer reported in 2017 that Edgar Davids, a previous Dutch football player, won a lawsuit versus Riot Games that year over the business appearing to utilize his similarity as a character skin in the video game. The claim reportedly referenced a tweet from a Riot staffer that stated that the skin, “Striker Lucian,” was influenced by Davids.
The business also came under fire in the latter half of the 2010s following a 2018 report from Kotaku in which current and former workers at the time declared a culture of sexism at the company.