A post on Twitter gained traction yesterday when Ruby Ramirez, a young DeviantArt artist, alleged Epic stole her design.
A tweet from another artist DJShadow_TV was picked up by the community and currently sits at over 16,000 likes.
Ok, This … This is just awful, A company like epic games, just STEALING the design from a small artist for making profit ('because they sell the skin …) Without giving, credit or ANYTHING, They STOLE the full design. pic.twitter.com/Pt6JLMg933
– ShadowTV (@DJShadow_TV) March 31, 2019
As you can see from the Facebook post, the two designs are very similar, from the unique aspects of The character to the colors chosen by the designer.
Here are some things that appear in both designs: Horns, blue hair behind a red / yellow headband, white face, red ribbon belt with white on knot, and feather- like the design on the shoulder blades
Here is the original Facebook post from the artist with the translation from Spanish under it:
Here is a translation where the top two breaks are from Google Translate and the bottom two provided by one of
"Help: ^ (the fortnite took out a skin almost identical to my burrito and now I can not use it without being told to copy it 🙁
JzjNJ has already died my burrito x "d
Please, if you re an "intellectual" wanting to be like a complete idiot better get out of here, they are disgusting: ^ (
by the way ,,, I did not do it for Fortnite, it's one more character than the thousand I have , do not tell me that bullshit because I hit them "
Basically, she claims they copied her skin and is worried that now she will not be able to use her own design without people claiming she copied it from Epic.
The dates have been called into question but several people have said that they have seen her artwork before the design ever appeared in the game. She also says that she didnt design it for Fortnite or send it to them in any time. DeviantArt seems to be back this up according to this tweet:
OOF https://t.co/zhSMHYPIX1 pic.twitter.com/gKDpe14AeP
– EIton (@AirisuBaka) March 31, 2019
While it is true that DeviantArt artists can change the content of a post, people in the comments pulled up previous versions of her design where you can see the beginnings of the pictured design in the original Facebook post.
Forbes was One of the first sites to report these allegations and Forbes reporter Erik Kain reached out to Epic Games for comment.
A spokesperson replied to Kain with this: "We take these claims seriously and are in the process of investigating them."  While Ramirez did not mention a lawsuit in her initial post, her comments sections were filled with people telling her to go after Epic Games in court.
Whether or not she has a case will come down to how much of the copyright She keeps posting a design to DeviantArt, and How 19659006 Our readers are familiar with the lawsuits arising from the rappers / actors alleging Epic stole their dances. As we covered earlier, copyright of
Art designs, on the other hand, are easier to identify a copyright case. Esports attorney Ryan Morrison offered fr council to the artist b ut said he would not share his opinion on this matter in a public forum.
This is a developing story and we will likely receive an update. how is epic going to be in the coming days.