Angolan Rebel Leader's Family Sue Over 'Call of Duty' Likeness

By Gary Cutlack on at

The family of Angolan rebel leader Jonas Savimbi are launching a legal claim against Call of Duty publisher Activision Blizzard, claiming the likeness of a baddie within the game is a little too close to Savimbi for comfort -- and depicting him as a war-mongering meanie is a form of defamation.

The game in question is Call of Duty: Black Ops 2, one that features a virtual version of Savimbi who goes about chopping people up and demanding the death of his enemies.

His son, Cheya Savimbi, launching the claim against the French division of Activision, said: "Seeing him kill people, cutting someone's arm off... that isn't Dad."

Activision denies its portrayal of "Dad" is overly cruel or derogative, with a spokesperson for the gaming giant saying he's actually shown as a "good guy who comes to help the heroes." Footage of Savimbi's part in the game shows he does indeed help the player's character and team, with one NPC even going so far as to admire the man's balls. [BBC]

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