A Chinese-American model and YouTuber has called out Tencent for allegedly using her likeness in Ring of Elysium without permission.
In a thread on Twitter, Mei Yan accused Tencent of stealing, photoshopping, and using her image for a character in its recently released battle royale game.
Describing it as "weird and freaky", Yan highlighted the facial, outfit, and even collarbone similarities between her original image and the character of Lynn from Ring of Elysium.
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
The game trailer which apparently featured Lynn has since been removed from YouTube by Tencent.
Additionally, an image shared by Yan of the in-game store show an unaltered version of her original photo as the character icon.
Yan said she was hoping to raise some awareness about what was going on, having been alerted to this by one of her fans.
"If more people can know about this, I guess that's all I can really ask for in this situation," she told Kotaku.
"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."
A moderator for the Ring of Elysium subreddit claimed to have been told that an "official investigation" is underway. GamesIndustry.biz has reached out to Recent for comment.