Activision Blizzard May Face Legal Action After Amsterdam Hotels “Undesired” Presence In Latest Call Of Duty

Architecture is copyrightable, so there is a chance this situation could legally escalate.

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By Aspen Pash, News Editor Posted:

Breenbergh Hotel COD

Activision Blizzard is in hot water once again, this time resulting from an Amsterdam hotel’s inclusion in the latest Call of Duty. “We have taken note of the fact that the Conservatorium Hotel is undesirably the scene of the new Call of Duty," the hotel's manager Roy Tomassen told Dutch media outlet de Volkskrant. While the game appears under the name “Breenbergh” in-game, it apparently is undeniably the same building. "We don't support games that seem to encourage the use of violence. The game in no way reflects our core values and we regret our apparent and unwanted involvement."

As of now, the hotel is still considering what legal steps to take next--as if Activision Blizzard’s legal department didn't already have enough on its hands. The Conservatorium Hotel appears in both the single-player mode and as a map in multiplayer. A quick look at images of the luxury hotel's interior and the Call of Duty map does confirm that the Breenbergh hotel in-game is almost identical to the real-life Conservatorium Hotel.

Then, due to the fact that architecture is copyrightable under both European and American law, it's possible that the owners and managers of the Conservatorium Hotel can not only take legal action if they choose to do so, but could even win the case as well.

We will be sure to keep you updated as this is a developing story.

Note: Activision Blizzard is still under investigation by the state of California for serious harassment charges. CEO Bobby Kotick is alleged to have known about such actions within his company – and performed some himself – and shielded the perpetrators from consequences.

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Aspen Pash
Aspen Pash, News Editor

Aspen is an avid gamer and Twitch streamer currently residing in Japan. She is most attracted to games narrative design and is a huge fan of player choice in games. If Aspen is not playing games, she is most certainly writing about them.

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Discussion (1)

viper 1 year ago
Wouldn't be the first time Call of Duty developers plagiarized something. Probably won't be the last.

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