The Amsterdam hotel is not happy with the inclusion of ersatz in its latest Call of Duty, and Dutch media are reportedly considering legal action against developer and publisher Activision Blizzard. Although the Conservatorium Hotel appears under the name “Breenbergh” in the game, it is The same building that cannot be denied
“We know that The Conservatorium Hotel is an unwelcome setting for the new Call of Duty,” Roy Tomassen, the hotel’s manager, told Volksrant. (Opens in a new tab). “In general We do not support games that appear to support violence. The game does not reflect our core values. And we regret our explicit and unwanted involvement.”
de Volksrant reports that the hotel is still considering steps to take. It is clear from the wording that the hotel does not disqualify legal action.
The Conservatorium Stand-in Breenbergh appears both in single player mode and on multiplayer maps. A quick look at the interior of a luxury hotel and a Call of Duty map confirms that the hotel in Breenbergh is based on the real-life Conservatorium, a bank building from the 1800s redesigned in a glass-and-steel style that’s particularly notable for the “conservatorium”. Used as a 5-star hotel by an Italian architect.
Lawsuits may seem daunting to many, but architecture can be reserved under European and American law. As a 5-star luxury hotel, it is possible that the owners and managers of Conservatorium They want full control over how they represent their business.
American law has historically sided with Activision over depictions of the real world—especially the HMMV used by the American military. (Opens in a new tab)—but European law is much less clear on similar issues. Visualizing a hotel as a setting for a shooting competition is more of a legal controversy. and under various fair use doctrines More than depicting iconic military vehicles in military games.
The closest I can remember is a shot of Manchester Cathedral in Resistance: Fall of Man. (Opens in a new tab) back in the year 2006—but that’s a much more famous building. which represent historical reasons in other countries The incident ended with an official apology from Sony to the Church of England. which is a very funny sentence
We’ll keep an eye on if the hotel takes legal action against Activision, not that their lawyers aren’t busy these days.
Thanks for reporting the NL Times. (Opens in a new tab).