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WWE wrestler sues Activision over Call of Duty character likeness

Published: 09:20, 14 February 2019
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Booker T.'s GI Joe vs Call of Duty: Black Ops 4's Prophet
Call of Duty: Black Ops 4, GI Bro vs. Prophet

WWE wrestler Booker T. has filed a lawsuit against Activision, claiming that Call of Duty: Black Ops 4's version of the character David 'Prophet' Wilkes is a rip off of his comic book character GI Bro, which he cannot just let slide.

Booker T. is represented by the Potts Law Firm, who said, “When seen side-by-side there can be no question that this character was copied from G.I. Bro. From the hair, body type and clothing, right down to facial expressions, the similarities are too profound to be an accident.”

Now Prophet is a character that dates back to Call of Duty: Black Ops 3, but that was his future version, where he's 70 per cent cybernetically augmented.

Prophet's Black Ops 4 version, however, is what got Booker T. going, as he found the resemblance to be uncanny.

Potts Law Firm's Micah Dortch said that Booker T. has sunk time and money in "creating and organically growing his G.I. Bro character", an investment that "should not be erased by such a blatant act of copyright infringement by a gaming juggernaut."

Now, Booker T. and his law firm obviously did their homework quite well as it didn't take long for them to mention that Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 earned $500 million in the opening weekend.

Other than the fact that they were quite familiar with Prophet's evolution, they also mentioned that the game's total sales up to date are "thought to exceed $1 billion."

What is not clear is how much of this sum Booker T. thinks he's entitled to exactly, as we doubt they would've chucked these numbers around for no reason. Either way, we should find out soon enough. 

As for Activision, the timing probably isn't grand, as the company are currently busy laying off employees after reporting record results.

Treyarch picture showing four soldiers Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 Blackout

All in all, we're looking at yet another lawsuit where we're unsure whether plaintiffs are indeed wrongly done by or are just looking for some spotlight. I mean, 2 Milly and Fortnite anyone?

You can find Booker T.'s announcement here

Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 by Treyarch, Beenox and Activision

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