WWE Superstar Booker T. is Suing Activision for Allegedly Using His Character’s Likeness in Call of Duty: Black Ops 4
Can you dig this lawsuit, Activision?
Well here’s the weirdest story of the day for you. WWE Superstar Booker T. has filed a lawsuit against Activision-Blizzard for using what he claims is the likeness of one of his characters in last year’s release of Call of Duty: Black Ops 4.
Booker T.–whose real name is Robert Booker T. Huffman–says that Activision used the likeness of G.I. Bro, a character of his own creation. Huffman has portrayed G.I. Bro both in the wrestling scene and has also created multiple comic books based on the character. Specifically, Huffman says that the character of Prophet from Black Ops 4 is the one that stole G.I. Bro’s likeness.
The official filing, which you can read here, states of Activision and Prophet, “They could have drawn him any way they wanted. But they chose to steal Booker T.’s “G. I. Bro.” Huffman filed the lawsuit in the state of Texas with the lawsuit being aimed at Activision Publishing, Activision-Blizzard, and Major League Gaming.
This news comes off of the back of an already tumultuous week at Activision-Blizzard which saw the company laying off somewhere in the realm of 800 employees. Even if Activision wins this case or ends up settling out of court down the line, it’s still surely another headache for the company.
Personally, I can see Booker T.’s case for this lawsuit when comparing G.I. Bro and Prophet to one another. That said, I didn’t know who G.I. Bro really even was until today and I’d have to imagine the same could be the case for those at Activision. It seems pretty odd to base a character in Black Ops 4 off of an obscure character created by a professional wrestler. Still, none of this could matter whatsoever in the courts. Even if accidental, Booker T. still owns the character’s likeness and you have to admit, the two do look similar.
Below is a side-by-side comparison of both Booker T.’s G.I. Bro next to Prophet from Black Ops 4. What do you think about this whole ordeal? Do you think Booker T. has a legitimate case here? Let me know in the comments.