In recent years, big video game publishers are becoming increasingly aware of the risk of realism. A lawsuit filed by student athletes resulted in EA losing out on their NCAA licensing. Today it has been revealed that Activision is the latest company to be hit with a lawsuit regarding their use of personal likeness in a video game thanks to deposed dictator Manuel Noriega.
BBC is reporting that Manuel Noriega is has filed a lawsuit with Activision over their “blatant misuse, unlawful exploitation and misappropriation for economic gain” in relation to his use as a character in Call of Duty: Black Ops II.
In Activision’s video game, Noriega initially helps the CIA capture a Nicaraguan terrorist, but later turns on the Americans and is hunted himself.
In reality, Noriega did work as a CIA informant before the agency broke ties with him. After the US became concerned about his violent rule, President George Bush ordered the invasion of Panama in 1989, which resulted in his capture.Manuel Noriega’s lawyers claim that his inclusion in the game helped boost its sales
A 13-page document filed in Noriega’s name claims that he is portrayed as a “kidnapper, murderer and enemy of the state” responsible for “numerous fictional crimes” in Black Ops II
This wouldn’t be the first time that Activision has been hit with such a lawsuit. Back in 2009 No Doubt sued Activision for Band Hero’s portrayal of their lead singer, Gwen Stefani, performing songs by other bands.
At this point, Activision hasn’t released a statement in regard to the lawsuit.