The MOP Up: League of Legends’ possible stolen identity


Have you ever had this happen: A new video game character is introduced in one of the world’s most popular MOBA — and it’s based on you? All the time, we bet. Well, according to an author who identifies herself as “Stephanie,” League of Legends’ Seraphine is based on her. She points to a brief relationship with a Riot employee as a reason for this “inspiration.”

“The short version is that a lot of details about Seraphine line up very closely with facts about myself,” she wrote in a details Medium post complete with comparison photos. “Her name, her drawings, her cat, a lot of her pictures, her hair color, her eye color, her face shape, and even where she’s from.” Riot Games emphatically denies that this is the case and said that the employee in question was let go before Seraphine was in development, though of course it wouldn’t be the first time in recent memory that Riot has been accused of yoinking a real person’s likeness – and the last time, the courts sided against the company.

And this is just the beginning of the rest of the news! Read on for a roundup of other smaller MMO news stories and videos from this past week in this edition of The MOP Up (and if you don’t see a news story that we should have covered, drop us a tip)!

If you like to know the lore and development details behind Path of Exile’s divination cards, you should read a new post about the Fool card.

Nintendo Switch finally got Torchlight III’sgear ‘n’ goblins update” from late October with new legendary gear and spooky pets.

Improbable got a second contract to do more work for the British military. But what about our games?

Electronic Arts sees a whole lot of potential in pressing further into the mobile market — and it’s going for it, hardcore.

PlayStation 4’s Ghost of Tsushima is celebrating a huge milestone this month, as the title has sold over five million copies.

Dark Age of Camelot’s latest grab bag is up, and I read “Can you debuff racial resists?” as “Can you debuff racists?” I think I need more sleep.

Old School RuneScape dropped a new patch to make adjustments to some dungeons and the Leagues II server.

Wakfu’s testing out Update 1.70 right now, giving players a chance to see the new Shhhudoku Kingdom.

WURM Online put out a patch that included some fixes and adjustment to PvP.

MU Online put out a press release about a new mobile app called MU Lite that lets players ascend the Infinity Tower and gain rewards for the PC version.

Twitch is eating crow on how it handled some false copyright claims: “One of the mistakes we made was not building adequate tools to allow creators to manage their own VOD and clip libraries.”

EVE Echoes is about to apply a balance pass: “These are meant to both allow players to progress further in PvE Encounters at a better pace (to improve the experience with progression in difficulties) while creating a more realistic universe (with NPC actions and difficulty).”

Happy 10th birthday to Grand Fantasia, which is celebrating with lots of in-game events:

Last Oasis added a new type of walker, the Balang Walker:

Destiny 2’s Beyond Light update is finally here, as is the Season of the Hunt:

And finally, a quick word from PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds:

The MMO industry pumps out more and more news every year – no site could possibly cover everything. That’s why we gather together all the extras every week in The MOP Up, our a weekly compilation of MMO info we don’t want lost in the cracks of time. Send us your news bits through our tips line!
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