The MOP Up: League of Legends’ possible stolen identity

    
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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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traja

This one is interesting. It is impossible to say whether or not the character is actually based on this person. Pink hair and fairly mundane glasses are not enough that this could not be a coincidence. There is also the fact that she is not a celebrity so there is no obvious monetary value to using her likeness. That is one significant difference to the case with the football player.

I have a hard time believing that this would go far in court because where do you draw the line with protecting the likeness of people who are not celebrities. Would this mean that a company can’t use any appearance that resembles anyone who has had any connection with one of their employees?

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Narficus

It sounds like the most substantial claim could be made on “false light” – if she hadn’t shot herself in the foot by making it public all by herself before she filed suit.

Then there’s things like this long before she made her public claim, by a Riot employee:

Around the same time the claimant was looking like…

🤔

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styopa

I think her point is credible, certainly, from the way she presented it.

…but she completely lost me with the “it made me feel sick…” and “I can’t play the game”…c’mon, really? What ever happened to the day when someone could say “hey, that character might be me!” and then just move on?

Maybe she did inspire it? But if she pushes the “I think they should give me money” aspect, she may find out that her only connection is that this was what he WISHED she looked like, and that this was driven by his disappointment she wasn’t cuter. Does she really want that to be her 15 minutes?

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Bruno Brito

While i do agree that the hyperboly nature of her speech is a bit over the top, the fact of the matter is that this is NOT the first time Riot has done this, and it’ll not be the last.

And anyone should expect Riot to use their employees as they see fit, considering their past and present.

That being said, i’m not sure why are you engaging in character assassination. Making little of the artist and her issue as something akin to “disappointment she wasn’t cuter” is a really low blow and unbecoming of you.

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EmberStar

Meh. There’s millions of people online. Unless the new character is a tentacle monster or a necromancer, odds are any “basically human” character is going to resemble *someone* from the real world. I mean, I watch a Youtuber who has a running joke where he said “And this is all your fault, (random first name!)” Just because he knows his audience is big enough he can say Richard, or Dale, or Steve, and SOMEONE will have that name and also somehow not be aware of the running joke.

Granted a look is a bit more specific than a name, but if the character in question is the one in the header then she looks consistent with the little I know of the League of Legends aesthetic.

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Bruno Brito

Again: This is not the first time Riot did this. There’s a precedent for that.

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Utakata

*Pigtails drool at all that pink hair…*

…wait, what this about litigation? o.O

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If, like me, you were wondering about the woman that Seraphine was supposedly based on, read her post on Medium linked above. I’m generally skeptical of these kind of claims given the litigious nature of the US legal system these days. She makes a strong case though; I believe her. Whether what happened is actionable or not, and whether she choose to pursue some kind of legal remedy remains to be seen. I guess it depends on where you draw the line for “inspiration”. Andy ought to write this one up for Lawful Neutral.

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Narficus

It might be a convincing story if you can believe that nobody else has that look, nor would selfie with their cat, nor visit the beach.

Edit: She also kind of shoots a hole into the chronology of her story if her and her ex hadn’t spoken to each other since before she had dyed her hair pink. Characters are in development for quite a bit, so any character design would have required some last-minute changes or seeing into the future.

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Bruno Brito

It might be a convincing story if you can believe that nobody else has that look, nor would selfie with their cat, nor visit the beach.

Irrelevant, Riot did the same with a Lucian skin and there are thousands of dreadlock users in this world.

Edit: She also kind of shoots a hole into the chronology of her story if her and her ex hadn’t spoken to each other since before she had dyed her hair pink. Characters are in development for quite a bit, so any character design would have required some last-minute changes or seeing into the future.

Don’t fool yourself thinking that recolors take long. They don’t. Recoloring an hair pink is not hard to do. And quite long is a stretch, we don’t know how long Riot develops their characters. It could be a month for what we know.

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Narficus

That’s not enough after a Google search to see all those using similar look? Okay then. Glad everyone is okay with the precedent this establishes to satisfy their contempt for Riot, and I do think they are a fairly contemptable company.

Best part was how she made it into something that made her sick and “I’ve felt really grossed-out about it, to the point that I can’t play one of my favorite videogames.”and it’s all me…

My problem with Seraphine is much more personal. My problem with her is that I think she’s based on me.

…and then it’s not 100% me, so good luck on fooling any judge worth their bench ruling for her.

¯\\_(ツ)_/¯

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Bruno Brito

Best part was how she made it into something that made her sick and “I’ve felt really grossed-out about it, to the point that I can’t play one of my favorite videogames.”

Hyperbole. Doesn’t change the fact that there’s precedent for what Riot has done in the past, and what it seems, in this case. And no, of course it’s not totally based on her, but there is a main inspiration that artists take from it. This is not new.

And as you put it: Riot if a contemptable company. Don’t put this below them.

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Narficus

Whether you hate Riot or not, if we’re going to go by these standards of likeness claims then we’re going to have some fun with IPs all over the industry.

Geralt of Rivia, for example…

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Bruno Brito

we’re going to have some fun with IPs all over the industry.

You won’t see me complaining if there was a specific person as inspiration for it.