Activision are being sued by children of guerrilla leader Jonas Savimbi, who claim Savimbi is portrayed as a ‘barbarian’ in Call of Duty: Black Ops 2. They are seeking €1m in damages, according to a report by the Guardian.
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Beginning in the ’60s, Savimbi led an extended insurgency against the Angolan government and its dominant party, the MPLA. His death came in 2002 when he was killed in a battle with government forces.
Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 opens with a mission where the player takes part in an assault on MPLA forces, allied with a grenade launcher-wielding Savimbi.
The family’s lawyer Carole Enfert claims that Savimbi is represented as a “big halfwit who wants to kill everybody”, where he was actually a “political leader and strategist”.
On the other side, a lawyer for Activision Blizzard, Etienne Kowalski, rejects this claim, stating that the game shows Savimbi as a “good guy”, and “a character of Angolan history, a guerrilla chief who fought the MPLA”.
While the footage doesn’t exactly show Savimbi sat at a war table strategising, it does seem to show him as a fearless leader – one who even the American forces acknowledge as brave.
It doesn’t seem to show him in a negative light – although in real life he certainly did play a role in thousands of deaths – but that’s easy to say for someone who isn’t one of his many children.