California-based Chinese-American model Mei Yan is accusing Ring of Elysium developer Tencent of stealing her likeness for one of the characters in the game.
Ring of Elysium is a free-to-play shooter that has elements of battle royale games similar to Fortnite. Yan claims that the character 'Lynn' has been based on herself.
Her accusations are based on an older image of her that she claims was photoshopped and used across marketing videos, including an unaltered version of the same image that is featured within one of the game’s areas.
Mei shared her thoughts on her official Twitter page, accusing Tencent of repurposing one of her old images to put in the game. The conversation also continued over on Reddit.
hey twitter it's been a while but i just wanted to share this here too. i found out recently that the game Ring of Elysium @roe_tencent by the company Tecent stole an image of me from several years ago, photoshopped it and used it in their game for their character Lynn (cont) pic.twitter.com/mYGaxcQ9bK— mei (@rottenmei) January 25, 2019
Mei shared more thoughts about the matter when speaking with Kotaku: “my original goal was to just bring some awareness… if more people can know about this, I guess that’s all I can really ask for in this situation. People have been paying for this Adventurer Pass, and are therefore paying to have access to this skin. I feel like, in a way, people have been deceived, and that’s really, really not okay."