An artist named Paul D. has filed a lawsuit against a prominent video game creator who he says used his work to draw characters for Pokémon video games.
In the suit filed in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia on Friday, D. said that a Pokemon fan art artist named Mark C. has drawn Pokémon characters, including Pikachu, in the Pokémon series.
In the lawsuit, D, who is a licensed artist in Florida, says he drew the characters in 2011.
The suit alleges that D. drew the character Pikachu in Pokémon games and video games in which it appeared.
D. is asking for damages and attorney’s fees.
The court document does not specify the type of work or how much it is seeking.
D. said in the lawsuit that his work has been used by hundreds of people, including people in his own family and others who have had to endure a lack of quality in his work.
“My name has been attached to hundreds of video games and hundreds of characters, and I have received millions of dollars for it,” he said in his suit.
“If I had to go to court to seek compensation, I’d be in the millions of cases.”
D. claims that he has never been paid for the work he has drawn.
In his complaint, D., a former video game and anime artist, says that he received a phone call from a representative of the Pokemon Company in November 2011.
D., who lives in Florida and has worked as a freelance video game artist for over 20 years, said that he was contacted by a representative from Pokemon to discuss his work and that he agreed to help draw Pikachu.
D.’s work, which includes over 50,000 Pokémon drawings, has been seen in several Pokemon games.
D.’s artwork, which he calls “pokemon art,” has been shown at conventions and at games in North America and Europe.
D., who has a master’s degree in art from Florida State University, said he was paid a fee of $200 for the artwork he drew.
He said that Pokemon fans were upset by the character drawings because they were used in games like Pokemon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire, which are both in development at Nintendo of America, and Pokémon Crystal and FireRed.
D also said that his artwork was used in the first four Pokémon games, as well as in Pokémon Gold and Pokémon Silver, which were released in 2012 and 2013 respectively.
In 2015, Pokemon Red, Blue, and Yellow, released in Japan, featured Pikachu as the protagonist of a new game.
D is seeking an injunction and damages from Nintendo.
The company said in a statement that the company was not aware of any pending litigation and that it has no intention of litigating the matter.