Video game publishing giants Activision have landed themselves in hot water after the family of Angolan rebel leader Jonas Savimbi filed a lawsuit for his depiction in 2012's Call of Duty: Black Ops II.
Savimbi's three children, who are all now based in France, are seeking €1 million in damages from the publisher's French brand, Activision Blizzard. The family are reportedly unhappy with his depiction in the game; Carole Enfert, the family's lawyer, claims Black Ops II makes him look like "a big half-wit who wants to kill everybody" (which is the perfect description for the average CoD player) and overlooking his history as a "political leader and strategist."
Look, we won't claim to know much about Savimibi, but we did a little research (i.e. typed his name into Wikipedia) and dug up some interesting facts about him. Apparently, he was good pals with former US Presidents Ronald Reagan and George Bush Senior. Also, prior to his death, he had survived 'more than a dozen' assassination attempts on his life. Bare in mind all this information is from his Wikipedia page so maybe you need to take this information with a pinch of salt.
What's weird is that Black Ops II is now four years old, so basically his kids have only just noticed now. What where they doing in those four years that they didn't notice their old man's likeness was being used in one of world's most popular video games? The mind boggles.
In Activision's defense, they claim that Jonas Savimbi is depicted as "good guy." The publisher's lawyer, Etienne Kowalski, argues that his portrayal in the game is fair "for who he was... a character of Angolan history, a guerrilla chief who fought the MPLA."
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