League of Legends developer Riot Games lost a lawsuit filed against them for using the likeness of former professional soccer player Edgar Davids without permission. Davids had requested Riot Games to stop using the Striker Lucian skin back in 2015 due to his likeness claims.
According to Dutch site Het Parool, Riot Games argued that the similarities between former pro soccer player and the Striker Lucian skin are not as relevant as Davids claims. However, a tweet posted in 2014 by a former QA analyst at Riot Games said, “for all you wondering, Striker Lucian was inspired by soccer pro Edgar Davids.” The tweet was recently deleted, and the account has been locked, but the evidence was still presented to the court
The judge has ordered Riot Games to reveal to auditors how much the Striker Lucian skin has earned since its release in 2014. Davis’ compensation for the lawsuit will be based on the skin’s earnings.
League of Legends is a popular MOBA inspired by the Warcraft III: The Frozen Throne mod, Defense of the Ancients. Since its release in 2009, the MOBA has garnered a huge fan base, and is currently the most viewed game on the game streaming platform Twitch.