Activision Blizzard sued over female Call of Duty: Modern Warfare character, Mara

In 2019, Call of Responsibility: Modern Warfare publisher Activision Blizzard presented a brand-new character to its video game: an operator called Mara. An author and professional photographer is now declaring that the business purposefully designed Mara after his own character, Cade Janus, from a narrative called November Renaissance.

Complainant Clayton Haugen submitted a copyright violation claim in a Texas court on Tuesday, according to court files very first released by Gush Freak. He declared that Activision Blizzard and designer Infinity Ward willfully planned to design Mara after Cade Janus — consisting of employing the very same design, Alex Zedra, to replicate the photoshoot and scan her similarity for usage in the video game. Haugen stated designer published his Cade Janus photos on the photography studio wall throughout the Call of Responsibility: Modern Warfare shoot.

Haugen stated he initially worked with Zedra in 2017 to design as Cade Janus prior to he pitched the story to film studios. He later on released images on his site, in a calendar, and on Instagram.

“In addition to hiring the same talent, they also hired the same makeup professional who had prepared the talent for Haugen’s Cade Janus Photographs,” legal representatives composed in the problem. “They instructed the makeup professional to prepare the talent exactly as she had done for Haugen’s Cade Janus Photographs. They instructed her to style the talent’s hair exactly as she had done for Haugen’s Cade Janus Photographs, even using the same hair piece extension.”

Haugen declares that Activision Blizzard and Infinity Ward needed the design and makeup artist to sign non-disclosure arrangements to “conceal their planned infringement.”

Image: Clayton Haugen/Activision Blizzard through problem

The character Mara, along with another character called Nikto, was contributed to Call of Responsibility: Modern Warfare in 2019. The character was readily available as part of the Call of Responsibility: Modern Warfare season one fight pass, which was readily available initially for 1,000 COD points, or around $10. A variety of skins are readily available for the character for extra COD points. One, the Kawaii Feline skin, puts Mara in a cat-eared military helmet and opens a kittycat appeal, called “Nyan Nyan,” that hangs from her weapon. The package costs 2,400 COD points.

Neither Haugen nor Activision Blizzard has actually reacted to Polygon’s ask for remark.

You can check out a complete copy of the problem listed below.

Jobber Wiki author Frank Long contributed to this report.