WWE Hall of Famer Booker T Submits to Activision Over Call of Duty Character Lawsuit

Published 06/26/2021, 7:09 AM EDT


WWE Hall of Fame Wrestler Booker T recently lost a lawsuit against Call of Duty developers, Activision. The six-time world champion and former King of the Ring had earlier sued the popular gaming developer in early 2019. The lawsuit stated that the developers created a Black Ops character based on the Hall of Famer.

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But, two years later, it seems like the court doesn’t dig his case at all. The jury recently gave a verdict in favor of Activision by stating that the developers didn’t infringe any copyright with the character’s poster.

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Booker T sues Activision over Call of Duty: Black Ops character

In February 2019, Booker T. Huffman hit Activision with a copyright lawsuit over Call of Duty Black Ops character David “Prophet” Wilkes. The lawsuit claimed that it was based on G.I. Bro, a character he played at the start of his wrestling career. Huffman has also appeared as G.I. Bro in some comic books as well. He noted that the developers used a poster of his creation to create Prophet for a Black Ops title.

In a 2019 blog post, Micah Dortch, who represented Huffman, mentioned that G.I. Bro and Prophet looked quite similar. Players have seen the character of Prophet in Call of Duty titles like the Black Ops III and COD Mobile. Fans have used him as a specialist on the commercially successful Black Ops IIII, which has earned more than a $1 billion in sales.

“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.”

ATLANTA, GA – MARCH 30: WWE Wrestler Booker T attends WWE’s 4th annual WrestleMania art exhibit and auction at The Egyptian Ballroom at Fox Theatre on March 30, 2011 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Moses Robinson/Getty Images)

Court gives verdict in favor of Activision

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The trial between Booker T and Activision only lasted for four days because of some brilliant arguments from the developers. They argued that Huffman didn’t have any grounds to prove that they had access to a G.I. Bro poster. Along with that, they also mentioned that the poster was ‘uncopyrightable’ because it used the image of Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson from the neck down. This allowed the jury to give a verdict in favor of Activision.

The loss for Booker T means that he won’t receive any damages from the developers for copyright infringement. Although both characters look quite similar, Huffman didn’t have any evidence to show for it, which resulted in his defeat.

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Rupesh is an eSports author at EssentiallySports. Currently a student at Mumbai University, he has been involved with eSports since his childhood. Having played titles like Fallout 4, Minecraft, FIFA, Portal 2 and Halo 4 extensively, Rupesh has a deep understanding of the sport.

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