Again in October, clothes model Uniqlo hosted a contest which requested Pokémon followers to design a brand new t-shirt. The winner was to obtain a beautiful $10,000, a particular trophy, invitation to an award ceremony in Tokyo, and even an invite to the 2019 Pokémon World Championships.
Earlier right this moment, that very winner was introduced. Chinese language artist Li Wen Pei took house the money by submitting the Magikarp and Gyarados design you may see beneath. As an added bonus, the shirt was additionally revealed to be wearable within the upcoming Pokémon Sword and Protect video games for Change; by the way, this seems to offer extra weight to the concept character customisation will certainly play an element within the new video games.
However – and it is a massive ‘however’ – followers throughout mainland China quickly began to focus on the truth that the design has already been used elsewhere. Examples such because the screenshots beneath (taken from gamer.com) present that the design is already being offered on varied items of merchandise.
Li Wen Pei reportedly took to Chinese language social media website Weibo to elucidate the scenario. Here is what he needed to say (translation supplied by Nintendo Soup).
“Whats up everybody. I offered a small variety of smartphone instances with the identical art work (earlier than I submitted it for Pokemon UTGP 2019). Sadly there are pirates who’ve pirated my art work. Due to this fact please don’t share the pirated items.”
So, it is attainable the web might have jumped to conclusions (which would not be a primary, let’s face it), nevertheless it seems that this remark was an enormous mistake regardless. The official guidelines for the competitors acknowledged that any qualifying designs should not have been printed earlier than, however Li Wen Pei has now admitted that the design was initially used to promote smartphone instances. Both manner, issues aren’t wanting notably good.
His remark not exists on the social media platform, doubtless as a result of he realised his mistake, however a brand new standing has appeared which means that he has contacted Uniqlo instantly to elucidate.
On the time of writing, neither Uniqlo or The Pokémon Firm has supplied any feedback on the matter.