That thing about Epic Games stealing an user's oc

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Update 3: Please stay civil and don't harass this user, they're more likely a kid and scaring them off the internet is not going to help anybody

Update 2: I managed to archive the post with the "original design" before they deleted it after being called out: 
web.archive.org/web/2019033121…

Update: apparently they deleted the pictures 

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Not sure where else to post it, tried on reddit but my account is too new and it's too long to be posted on twitter, so I'll post i here

I'm 100% sure it's fake

You might have already read about it, it's all over twitter/reddit and some people is mentioning it here on deviantart, here's the original post on twitter:

twitter.com/DJShadow_TV/status…


( Made a twitter post if you want to share it: twitter.com/Z0MBIRB/status/111… )

I'm an artist myself and I was also outraged by this but the more I looked into it the more suspicious it seemed to me so this is what I have and why I'm 100% sure this deviantart user made it up.

*Something to have in mind is that when you edit a picture on deviantart it still keeps the date of when it was submitted, so if you have an old deviation from let's say 2005 and you edit it and change the picture for one of 2019, it would still show the 2005 date instead of the date it was edited

This is the artists page where you can see the "original pic" on their gallery: i.imgur.com/Wb14e9u.jpg

and this is a google cache image of the same page: i.imgur.com/K4wlJMy.jpg

Here are some other screenshots by a different person about the edited picture: twitter.com/DingDongVG/status/…

Not only the original picture was changed but also the title, the title on the cached picture was "U can't touch this l Sketch" while the new picture is "no lo PUDES TOCAR JODER"

They commented on the picture to say they only added a watermark but that's not what the cache shows, it was a totally different picture


Also when you open the picture from the cached version on a new tab it leads you the "original design" post, not the one shown in the chache, you can try it yourself:

webcache.googleusercontent.com…

There's an older picture of the design here: www.deviantart.com/endercast/a… but it was also edited, sadly this one doesn't show in the cached version but given the above proof I'm certain this was also a totally different picture that they edited to add up to this fraud

I think it's more than clear that this artist is making all this up and people is falling for it. I know a lot of big companies sometimes screw up people and such and sometimes we want to be supportive of small artists but we should stop believing everything we see on the internet, just because an artist is small doesn't mean they can't do sh*tty things or are always the victim when it comes to dealing with big companies


Also pointing out that I'm from a different timezone so I'm not sure if it affects the cache date but you can also check it out by yourself on the above link

(also don't know how to archive pages so if anyone could do it, thanks)

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MelisSmallsourgeShip's avatar
web.archive.org/web/2019033121…

Can we find the artists that commented on it and tell them the truth.It just bothers me when people believe garbage,besides big companies have better things to do than to steal from brats.
kobivo's avatar
i noticed the problem with the 'update image' feature awhile ago, realized that it rendered deviantart submissions useless for indicating who posted what design/drawing first. (specifically, i have a species im reviving that i came up with 10 something years ago and a few of the traits i came up with back then happen to match up with a current popular species and im worried people will think im ripping them off lmao)
im kinda shocked that someone actually tried to exploit that exact flaw to claim a huge company stole a character design from them though, holy shit? 

also, to the weirdos saying 'we all did dumb things as kids!!', uh idk about all of you but i never once deliberately fabricated evidence of fucking overt copyright infringement against a multimillion dollar company. this wasnt just saying a slur once because you wanted the other kids to think youre cool, this involved some serious social manipulation and planning. im not saying they deserve any of the hate theyre getting, im just saying that if you have any common sense you would see how disturbing what they did really is.
Pyro-Zombie's avatar
Yup, I always thought people would take adventage of it but didn't expect someone would try to use it against a multimillion dollar company lmao, kid has guts

I'm almost convinced it was solely for attention. There is a journal on her page from 2018 (it's in spanish) that basically says she's leaving because she's tired of trying to improve while nobody seems to value her art and spending a lot of time on her art and only getting like 4 views. It's pretty clear she just wants attention
PlusMann's avatar
I Don't Exactly Know What's Going On? I'm Guessing This User Lied That Epic Games Stole Their/Someone Elses Artwork?
Pyro-Zombie's avatar
Basically this deviantart user accused Epic Games of stealing their character design and use it for a fornite skin, it seemed like the user's design had been posted for the first time in 2017 while Epic's desing was posted on 2018. Turned out the user took adventage of a deviantart feature where you can replace old pictures with recent pictures without modifying/altering the original submit date so they replaced an old unrelated picture with their "original design" to make it look as if it was older than Epic's design
QueenOfIllusion's avatar
With this whole thing, this just makes smaller artists lose credibility when something like this actually happens. DA is looked down upon already from all the stuff that goes on here. This just goes to show that a big company can come by later, actually steal and then have an actual theft going on. They can easily bring this back up.  It's really sick what these people do, out of everything in life they have to result to this? really sad.

Even if this did happen for real. Say someone has been developing a character for a long time, never shares anything to the public just yet. When you post and someone claims stealing, the only proof you have is the post date. I for one don't post everything I do. Not at all saying this is what happened here but just talking in general for those who have actually had stuff stolen from them/accused of stealing. 

Just really sad, this whole damn thing.
Oriiwu's avatar
yikes, knew something was not right about that
Froggjy's avatar
v imagine being this dude unironically lmao
yhng's avatar
> Update 3: Please stay civil and don't harass this user, they're more likely a kid and scaring them off the internet is not going to help anybody

Ehm, how about no? I will harass him until he goes to jail and his life is destroyed forever. He has forfeit his chance and will be punished accordingly.
Raptorfears's avatar
jfc dude calm down
CecilEggs's avatar
what a nasty waste of your time

let Epic Games handle the situation like the adults they are and figure out the appropriate punishment for this kid
TighearnachCreag's avatar
Lying on the internet isn't actually a crime, and the most this person is going to get is a defamation lawsuit from Epic Games. To be fair, it would likely destroy their life, but it wouldn't lead to jail time.
Harassment, on the other hand, is a crime, although the exact definition does vary based on where you and the target of your harassment campaign happen to live.
Oriiwu's avatar
Honestly this whole drama is useless and harassing the user is just proof of a persob being jobless, not expecting much of kids that play that fcking game xD
Gresh2's avatar
¡OH DIOS! ¡MINTIO! !NOS MORIMOS!


ok, te me cuidas.
AriaGrill's avatar

just from a glance it does look totally out of place from the rest of the stuff. Seriously, what did they have to gain by doing this?

orderc's avatar
Look at your calendar.
orderc's avatar
Rhymes with "maple pools". At least, I think this is what this is.
Gimok2k5's avatar
Given that non-sense started yesterday: I think he just wanted attention and/or an excuse to hate on Epic.
orderc's avatar
Having second thoughts after I heard that too. Kind of funny if it was a prank; pathetic if it was a legitimate scam attempt.
Sugary0Skull's avatar
Tbh it was 31 maybe even 30 when this broke out. Also here in latinoamerica we dont celebrate that, the closest thing is around December (23rd i think) 
I dont think theres a lot funny about pottentally ruining someones career
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