Former Dutch footballer Edgar Davids is suing League of Legends developer Riot Games over their Striker Lucian skin after claiming his likeness was used without his permission.
According to news outlet Het Parool, Davids has won approval from the Amsterdam court system to proceed in the case. The judge concluded that the Striker Lucian skin was based on Davids and looked very similar to him “dark skin colour, rasta hair, muscular posture, aggressive playstyle and well-known sports goggles.”
The character was available for purchase in League of Legends during the World Cup 2014 in which the Netherlands National Team was playing, which Davids had previously played in between 1994 and 2005. Of course, there is one significant difference between Davids and Lucian, Davids was a Defensive Midfielder and not a Striker.
Things weren’t helped after Riot Games confirmed on their own forums that “Davids was the source of inspiration for Striker Lucian.” Additionally, an ex-QA tester from Riot Games confirmed at the time:
for all you wondering, Striker Lucian was inspired by soccer pro Edgar Davids
The Tweet was made back in June 2014 and while the post is no longer available, it does still exist in search engine caches.
The judge covering the case has ordered Riot games to reveal how much Striker Lucian has earned for the developer. On the basis of those findings, the right amount of compensation will be paid.
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