In Rainbow Six Siege, players can hack and mess up camera and drone screens that give a distorted tearing overlay like an old VHS tape. Sam Blye is a digital artist and claims Ubisoft used his glitched overlay effect for Rainbow Six Siege without asking his permission. If Blye proves his accusation, Ubisoft would have to struggle yet with another lawsuit.
Blye posted their work and compared it to the Weather Channel‘s overlay on December 21 and wrote:
Hey, uh, I don’t mean to be that guy, but is that my texture that I published with a specifically attribution-noncommercial creative commons license being used specifically for commercial purposes with zero attributions by a company who’s far wealthier than me?
Then they used Tineye, a reverse image search software, in their work to see how many people have used it without permission. There were dozens of commercial projects that used their work, one of them being Rainbow Six Siege. Thanks to the footage provided by Reddit user, SeanD21A, they shared a side-by-side photo of their work and Rainbow’s hacked drones and cameras glitch effect, and to be fair, they look pretty similar.
looking into things more and now I found this clip from a @Rainbow6Game game from u/SeanD21a
with my art being used for a glitch effect I was never paid for.
It’s displaced & flipped, but it’s there (look in the lower third, green section with black blocking).
what the hell??? pic.twitter.com/50ux9Nn0zE
— Sam Blye @ gamedev (@ompuco) December 31, 2021
Blye claims Ubisoft has taken the work and altered it by displacing it, but the green section follows the same jagged pattern. For those who struggle to see it, Blye posted an animated fade comparison to show how Rainbow Six Siege used their glitch effect and overlayed it on top.
“Yes, Ubisoft Montreal stole my glitch artwork, ignored my licensing, and put it in their triple-A game without providing me any credit or compensation for my work,” Blye said. “This is insane. I’m actually shaking right now. Finding more examples just by looking up screenshots of the game. It’s all over it, used constantly for the signal disruptor effects.” Ubisoft has yet to comment.
This situation has aroused while Ubisoft is planning to release the spin-off of Siege, Rainbow Six Extraction, on January 20, 2022, for PS4, PS5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X|S, Google Stadia, and PC.