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Riot denies artist’s accusations that LoL’s Seraphine is based on her

Published: 12/Nov/2020 23:59 Updated: 14/Nov/2020 0:05

by Theo Salaun

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Riot Games have publicly refuted claims from an artist and ex-girlfriend of an employee, who claims League of Legends’ Seraphine is based on her. Citing troubling similarities between herself and Seraphine, accusations and potential legal action were levied before Riot’s response.

Seraphine, League’s latest controversial character, is a pink-haired musical artist with glasses, a cat, and a tendency to draw herself in whimsical ways. Stephanie, a girl with close ties to Riot, is a pink-haired artist with glasses, a cat, and a tendency to draw herself in whimsical ways.

The similarities between Stephanie and Seraphine extend much deeper than the closeness of their names and, although there are tons of quirky e-girls with pink hair and Instagram art profiles, this situation is oarticularly intriguing. 

At its basis, Stephanie’s discomfort stems from the fact that her ex-boyfriend worked at Riot and made numerous indications that he’d like to use her as inspiration for League’s champions or skins. Still, Riot has denied that any of those conversations, and current Seraphine content, constitute legitimate evidence.

In a thorough Medium article, Stephanie makes her claims that Serapine is based on her. While inconclusive, she does a strong job of qualifying her ex’s uncomfortable messaging about using her as a muse and of showing similarities between herself and Seraphine. 

In sum, she states that “this whole situation has been really violating” with the qualification that this “may be just another way a giant videogame company has screwed over a woman without a second thought — and massively profited off it.” 

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Step_nie / Riot Games
Stephanie’s art and Seraphine’s art feel eerily similar.

Since pink hair and glasses are by no means undeniably unique character traits in 2020, the more interesting content raised includes similarities between Seraphine and Stephanie’s self portraits. Both go black and white, with minimalist noses and eyes, underneath pink hair. But, more damning would be the ex’s messages.

Stephanie shares communications between her and her short-lived ex, suggesting that he intended to use her as a muse for different iterations of LoL characters. Some of those troubling signs included sharing her writing internally, gifting her Riot art of herself “as K/DA Ahri,” and the idea of “an ‘e-girl’ or ‘awkward’ skin for Ahri … that he implied was inspired” by Stephanie.

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Step_nie / Riot Games
Stephanie’s photo comparison, as shared on Medium.

Ultimately, Riot have shut this issue down and stated that the results of their investigation conclude that Seraphine “was not based on any individual.” Further, they explained that Stephanie’s ex “left Riot more than a year ago and was in a department and role that has no input whatsoever into the creative design process.”

The possibility of this bizarre situation going to courts is, like migrating birds, still up in the air. But, with Riot indicating that their response has been ignored by Stephanie’s attorney, it’s entirely unclear what will happen.

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SypherPK reveals secret buff to Fortnite’s superpower abilities

Published: 17/Nov/2020 10:12 Updated: 17/Nov/2020 10:14

by Connor Bennett

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Popular Fortnite content creator SypherPK has revealed that Epic Games might have made a mistake with Siphon Squads, giving the mythic superpowers an unannounced buff. 

At the start of Fortnite Chapter 2, Season 4, a number of Marvel heroes and villains descended on the battle royale island to prepare for their impending fight against Galactus. 

As a result of their arrival, Fortnite has become awash with all sorts of Marvel references – be it through cosmetics, points of interest, or in-game challenges. Though, the biggest addition has been the mythical superpowers. 

These superpowers are obtainable by taking down the hero, or villain, that they usually belong to. Getting your hands on one won’t typically guarantee a victory, but, there might be a different story in Siphon Squads. 

Iron Man using the Unibeam ability in Fortnite.
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Iron Man’s Unibeam has received a huge buff in Siphon Squads.

During his November 15 video, Sypher pointed out that if you drop into a Siphon Squads game, the mythic superpowers actually act as if they’re still inside the Marvel Knockout limited-time mode. 

According to Sypher, when playing Siphon Squads, the Doctor Doom bomb will do 90 damage instead of its usual 60. On top of that, the Doctor Doom gauntlets do 45 damage instead of 35.

Iron Man’s Unibeam ability has also seen an uptick in power too, all the way to dealing 150 damage. “In this game, I found a Unibeam and I just started one-shotting everybody in the lobby. 150 damage is insane in a game mode like this,” Sypher added. 

As for the other abilities in-game, neither Wolverine or She-Hulk drop their abilities in Siphon Squads mode, so they don’t see a drastic improvement. 

The change to Doctor Doom and Iron Man might have been intended by Epic specifically for the mode, but given that they’ve gone unannounced, it might surprise a few players. Though, if it’s a mistake, the devs will likely roll them back to normal sooner rather than later.