Call of Duty Being Sued by Rebel Character from Black Ops 2

This isn’t the first time a warlord’s family tried suing Activision, historic figures really don’t like being in Call of Duty games.

Activision is being sued for €1 million ($1,091,165) by the family of Jonas Savimbi for his depiction in Black Ops 3. Savimbi became famous for leading the National Union for the Total Independence of Angola in a decades-long insurgency against the Angolan government and its largest party, the Popular Movement for the Liberation of Angola(MPLA), until his death in 2002.

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In the first mission of Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 you fight alongside Savimbi, providing US support for the rebel army. Savimbi’s family say in the suit that he is represented as a “barbarian” and a “big halfwit who wants to kill everybody” not a “political leader and strategist”.

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Activision lawyer Etienne Kowalski denies the claims, telling the Guardian that the game depicts Savimbi as a “good guy … for who he was … a character of Angolan history, a guerrilla chief who fought the MPLA”. He also mentions that the fact that Savimbi is helping Americans depicts him in a favorable light.

The complaint also mentions that Savimbi’s son, who closely resembles his dad, is often recognized in the street as a result of the Black Ops 2 appearance. Calling bullshit on that last complaint, not enough people play the single player of Call of Duty anymore to give a shit about any of the characters to the point of recognizing a look alike in public.

You can watch the first mission of the game where Jonas Savimbi is depicted below:

H/T: Kotaku