Chinese Cosplayer's Image Stolen To Sell Companion Services

Last week we reported that Chinese gamers could pay female companions to play online games with them. This type of behavior has created an online industry dedicated to selling companion gaming services. However, it seems this industry is a bit shadier than originally reported.

Over the weekend, Chinese cosplayer Zhao Mengyue (赵梦玥) came out against the companion gaming industry. Zhao, a League of Legends cosplayer, is pictured above. Upset over the fact that her image was being used against her will, Zhao aimed to the set the record straight.

Paying for online gaming companions has become a big thing in China lately and has led to a few discussions on its legality. The concept is that players can pay for female gamers to play games with them either in person or online. There have been some issues with such services, ranging from fraud to pornographically related issues.

Basically, photos of Zhao and a young man were posted on various web stores on the Chinese online super retail site, Taobao.com. These photos showed Zhao and the young man in various states of fun (nice clean sfw fun). The store offered the gaming services of a young woman, Zhao, for $6 an hour. The photos were used to show would be customers that real "beauties" were available to play games with them, games such as League of Legends and Defense of the Ancients.

Chinese Cosplayer's Image Stolen To Sell Companion Services

It turns out that those photos of Zhao were personal shots of Zhao and a former classmate (pictured above). According to Zhao, the photos were from her visit to Australia to see her friend. Zhao says that her friend has never played a single game of League of Legends.

Upset that her photos were being used for something she has nothing to do with, Zhao took to social media to voice her feelings. Zhao posted chat logs between her and the store on her Tencent Weibo microblog. In her chat logs, an unrepentant store clerk claimed that the image was of one of the agency’s companion gamers and a customer. The clerk even claimed that the image came from a client.

Through the use of her microblog, Zhao was able to get a response from the owner of the agency. Despite getting an apology, Zhao isn’t too happy, writing on her Tencent Weibo that if she didn’t take the issue public, she wouldn’t have gotten any response.

[网店兜售陪玩服务 涉嫌盗用知名coser照片] [People's Daily]

[ReneeYusa's Tencent Weibo] [Tencent Weibo]

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