Activision are being sued for Call of Duty: Black Ops 2's portrayal of guerrilla leader Jonas Savimbi | PCGamesN

Activision are being sued for Call of Duty: Black Ops 2's portrayal of guerrilla leader Jonas Savimbi

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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”.

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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. 

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Flappers avatar*sigh* avatarllubtoille avatarMr. Diabolical avatar
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2 Years ago

Are they Angolan princes? Given up on the emails?

Mr. Diabolical Avatar
2 Years ago

We've had this issue with GTA V, just because somebody's likeness is portrayed in the game doesn't give any right to the defender to have that likeness removed. Video games as well as other media are protected by law to portray any person how they like as long as it's not slanderous or demeaning.

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Flappers(6 hours played)
2 Years ago

Don't these games usually have a disclaimer at the start saying that all characters are fictional and any likeness to real people is purely coincidental?

Surely that prevents this sort of law suit

llubtoille Avatar
2 Years ago

Disclaimers, Eulas and Contracts are not legally binding if there are exiting laws or precedents which counter them.

They blatantly did use a real person's name, circumstance and likeness in their game, it's too far beyond a coincidence.

Otherwise anyone could make a sports game that 'coincidentally' had real teams, players names and likenesses.