When is an homage not an homage? When it makes money — that’s when it becomes an opportunity.

Retired Dutch footballer (or “soccer player,” depending on where you live) Edgar Davids recently won a court case in the Netherlands against Riot Games for using his likeness in a skin for one of League of Legends‘ champions.

The Striker Lucian skin does bear a resemblance to Davids, with his dreadlocks, eyewear, and apparent athletic skill, and a Riot employee apparently posted on Twitter (since deleted) around the time of the skin’s release that “Striker Lucian was inspired by soccer pro Edgar Davids.”

As a result, Riot will now have to compensate Davids a portion of the earnings that the Striker Lucian skin has made in the Netherlands since its release in 2014, Dutch site Het Parool reports.

As Kotaku points out, Davids didn’t seem to have a problem with the skin when it first released, thanking Riot for making a skin in his likeness:

More than likely, once he realized video games make money — and in League’s case, a lot of money — he changed his tune. Here’s hoping nobody tells him about Overwatch.

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Jason Winter is a veteran gaming journalist, he brings a wide range of experience to MMOBomb, including two years with Beckett Media where he served as the editor of the leading gaming magazine Massive Online Gamer. He has also written professionally for several gaming websites.

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  1. Shimo on August 14, 2017

    Oh man a black man with dreads and glasses, I think they might be sued by a lot more people at this rate.

    • Tiredofseeing on August 14, 2017

      RIOT enployes have already confirmed it. Plus there are NO other football players that are Black, have Dreads with orange tinted glasses. 0

  2. João Silva on August 14, 2017

    It’s only fair that you pay a share to the person you’re using the face of for profit. Good on him for changing his mind.

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