An artist who posts their work on DeviantArt has used epic games of stealing one of her designs for a skin. The Taro skin was released in November 2018 as part of the Storm Familiars Set.
Yesterday, DeviantArtist Endercast / Elecast / Shaderway (Ruby Ramirez) posted on Facebook claiming that Epic had its own character design to create the Taro Skin. Facebook post below
Stolen Fortnite Skin?
According to Google Translate here post reads;
Help. Fortnite took out a skin almost identical to my burrito and now I do not use it without being told to copy it.
If you're an "intellectual" wanting to be like a complete idiot better get
By the way, I did not do it for Fortnite it's one more character than the thousands I have, do not tell me that bullshit.
The allegations were brought to wider notice by a Tweet from from another artist using DeviantArt
At the time of writing, epic games did not respond to the allegations, but we've reached out to them for comment .
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Across her accounts, Ramirez has posted images of the same or similar character as early as 2017
We'll keep you updated as we learn more.