Former WWE Heavy Weight Champion Lost Lawsuit against Activision.
Activision finally wins a patent lawsuit against WWE superstar Booker T after nine long years. The lawsuit was filed against Activision by former world heavyweight champion now retired WCW and WWE super start Booker T Huffman.
Booker T claimed that the Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 supporting character David ‘Prophet’ Wilkes has had a striking resemblance with his wrestling gimmicks especially the WCW gimmick of ‘GI Bro’. Activision denied the allegation and stated it as merely as standard imagery of a “black military man with dreadlocks standing in a ‘generic military pose’ while holding weapons.”
Moreover, Activision also added that Huffman had contracted away all the rights to images and other similarities of GI Bro to WWE. However, Huffman denied it and said that it was only exclusive to pro wrestling and GI Bro comics fall out of this jurisdiction.
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The judge ultimately ruled in favor of Activision by saying that Booker T exaggerated the similarities between his gimmick and ‘Prophet’. The Trial Counsel for Activision shared his thoughts after the ruling and said, “We are pleased with the outcome. Bottom line, to call this a frivolous case would be a massive understatement, Activision creates games with the utmost integrity and is extremely proud of everyone involved with the development and creative process for all of our games including Call of Duty: Black Ops 4, including the incredible talent like William Romeo who helped bring our vision to life. Today, the jury validated that process.”
WWE Heavy Weight Champion Statement
Booker T has yet to come up with an official statement after the ruling. However, when both characters are analyzed side by side, the resemblance is uncanny. Whatever the case may be the resemblance between characters was purely coincidental and taken too far, hence the ruling in favor of Activision Blizzard.
Now with the legal battle finally ending, Activision will now proceed COD: Black Ops series with peace of mind.