WWE and 2K Games usually feature tattoos from wrestlers that have them in the video games each and every year. Usually both companies get permission to add tattoos, although allegedly Randy Orton’s tattoo artist did not allow them to use her designs in the video games.
As reported by TMZ, Randy Orton’s tattoo artist named Catherine Alexander has been designing the wrestler’s tattoos as far back as 2003. However, it appears WWE and 2K have put her tattoos in the video games each and every year without her permission so this is a copyright infringement.
Alexander claims she was only offered $450 for her designs back in 2009, but she declined the offer. She gave Orton many tattoos over the years that the video games have replicated annually.
This is not the first time 2K has had a problem like this. LeBron James’ tattoo artist also sue 2K Games for his designs being used without permission in the NBA 2K video game series. It’s more than likely Alexander wants more than just $450 for her designs on Orton’s body.
2K should follow EA and make either fake tattoos or remove them from the game entirely to avoid issues like this in the future. It will be interesting to see what happens in this situation…