Jailed ex-strongman Noriega says damaged by video game portrayal
By Andrew Chung
July 16 (Reuters) - Former dictator Manuel Noriega may be serving time in a Panamanian prison for the killing of political opponents, but that doesn't mean he likes being portrayed in a video game as a murderer.
Noriega, 80, has filed a lawsuit against video game publisher Activision Blizzard Inc, saying the company is using his image in its wildly popular "Call of Duty: Black Ops II" game without his permission, in an effort to "increase the popularity and revenue" from the title.
The lawsuit was filed Tuesday in Los Angeles Superior Court.
In the complaint, Noriega said he had been damaged by Activision's portrayal of him as "the culprit of numerous fictional heinous crimes," including kidnapping and murder, adding that Activision was using his likeness to heighten the game's realism and increase sales.
Noriega is seeking unspecified restitution as well as lost profits.
"Call of Duty" is one of the video game industry's biggest successes, racking up more than $1 billion in sales just 15 days after its release in 2012.
Neither Noriega's attorneys nor a representative of Activision were immediately available for comment.
Noriega was military dictator of Panama from 1983 to 1989. He was an informant for the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency, according to historical accounts. Continuación...