Booker T may be best known for his career in the WWE, but before he was performing his signature Scissors Kicks and Spinaroonies on Raw and SmackDown, he cut his teeth as a wrestler in the Western Wrestling Alliance where he wrestled under a military gimmick called G.I. Bro. Fast forward nearly 30 years later, and now Booker T is suing video game publisher Activision for supposed similarities between G.I. Bro and Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 character Prophet.
Since hanging up his boots as an active roster professional wrestler, Booker T has stayed affiliated with WWE while pursuing other ventures. This has included a comic book based on his G.I. Bro character, the likeness of which Booker T's lawsuit against Activision claims was stolen to design the character Prophet in Call of Duty: Black Ops 4.
A comparison of the two characters was included in the lawsuit.
Whether or not Booker T's lawsuit against Activision will be successful remains to be seen, but it doesn't seem likely. Video games have a history of being sued for allegedly ripping the likeness of celebrities, as we've seen in the past in cases like Lindsay Lohan's lawsuit against Rockstar Games. It's true that Booker T's case is a little different in that he is accusing Activision of ripping off a comic book character based on him as opposed to his actual likeness, but it still seems like he has an uphill battle ahead of him.
Booker T's lawsuit against Activision is just the latest aimed at the publisher. The video game giant was hit with multiple lawsuits after its split from Bungie, with some accusing it of misleading investors about the Destiny developer's status with the company. The company was also entangled in a years-long legal battle with former Infinity Ward devs Jason West and Vince Zampella, who would go on to found Respawn Entertainment.
Activision has yet to comment on WWE Hall of Famer Booker T's Black Ops 4 lawsuit of the time of this writing.
Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 is out now for PC, PS4, and Xbox One.
Source: The Verge