A real hotel may be considering legal action for its appearance in Call of Duty Modern Warfare 2.
The Amsterdam-based Conservatorium Hotel is unhappy with its apparent appearance in the latest Call of Duty. The in-game version of the hotel is called Breenbergh, presumably to avoid copyright on the name, although a look at the real building and the in-game version makes it clear that the two are the same.
“We have come to realize that the Conservatorium Hotel is the undesired setting of the new Call of Duty,” Roy Tomassen, the hotel manager, told de Volksrant (translations via PCGamer). “Generally, we don’t support games that appear to encourage the use of violence. The game in no way reflects our core values and we regret our obvious and unwelcome involvement.”
PCGamer notes that de Volksrant reported that the hotel is still considering what to do next, although the wording seems to imply that the hotel has not ruled out legal action. Architecture is indeed copyrighted under both European and American law, so a lawsuit could potentially stand on some footing if the five-star hotel decides to proceed.
Activision has also not approached the hotel for permission to have it appear in-game, where it will be used in both the campaign and as a multiplayer map. The building is also destroyed in a shootout, which creates a negative image overall.
The Amsterdam level actually went a bit viral online because it depicts real life in such a surprisingly quaint way that we rarely see in video games. However, this is obviously in contrast to the amount of violence at play, so the oddity only lasts for so long.
Despite the controversy, the latest CoD is doing quite well, with the latest title being the biggest Steam launch ever.
https://www.vg247.com/amsterdam-hotel-legal-action-call-of-duty-modern-warfare-2 A hotel in Amsterdam could face legal action over its in-game counterpart in Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2