Activision sued by ex-dictator Manuel Noriega over “Call of Duty”

Manuel noriegaFormer Panamanian dictator Manuel Noriega is suing Activision over the usage of his likeness in Call of Duty: Black Ops II.  If you recall, Noriega played an integral portion to Black Ops II’s plot, complete with the dictator aiding the CIA in order to capture the game’s antagonist: Raul Menedez.  Lawyers of Noriega claim the game feature him as “a kidnapper, murderer and enemy of the state.”  The story also saw Noriega sending his PDF forces to kill Menedez’s family and burning a village.

Noriega is seeking lost profits and damages, as he claims his likeness was used to “heighten realism” that translated directly into sales.  Black Ops II was a massive success, making over $1 billion in under two weeks.  The story was praised as one of the better in the franchise as well.  Noriega’s reign as Panama’s dictator came to an end in 1989 with a US-led invasion, but he has returned to the country, and has been living there since 2011.  Do you think Noriega has a case here?  Let me know in the comments below!

by, Bobby Marquardt


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